Are two big #hospital groups better than one? #consolidation

At Wednesday's meeting, the  Massachusetts Health Policy Commission heard a staff report on the proposed merger of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center  In summary, we find that these transactions are anticipated to increase market concentration, solidify BIDCO’s position as the second largest hospital network in the state, and could strengthen BIDCO’s ability to leverage higher … Continue reading Are two big #hospital groups better than one? #consolidation

Health care in Massachusetts: Affordable or not?

Not affordable: From this week's paper Rising health care costs have outpaced the incomes of Massachusetts families over the past decade, despite efforts by the state to control medical expenses, according to a report released Wednesday. Affordable: Two weeks ago. Despite concerns about rising health care costs, the head of the state’s largest and most … Continue reading Health care in Massachusetts: Affordable or not?

Former Tufts doc: “Widespread dishonesty” leads to unjustified health care fees #HCR

Former Tufts doc and current Mainer Howard A.Corwin comments this weekend on the latest in Elizabeth's Rosenthal's great NYTimes series on insane health care costs. In her latest piece, she reports that "In operating rooms and on hospital wards across the country, physicians and other health providers typically help one another in patient care. But in … Continue reading Former Tufts doc: “Widespread dishonesty” leads to unjustified health care fees #HCR

Globe: For-profit hospitals in low-income communities want a cut of high fees paid to competitors #healthcarecosts

It is well documented that some Massachusetts hospitals -- read Partners -- have the bargaining power to  extract higher pay rates from the feds and private payers.  Today's Globe offers two takes on the ongoing battles. This one is behind the paywall:  A new coalition led by the state’s biggest health care company and its … Continue reading Globe: For-profit hospitals in low-income communities want a cut of high fees paid to competitors #healthcarecosts

Single-payer health reform advocates launch new website #HCR #mapoli

The unrelenting supporters of the single-payer approach to health reform  have updated their website. And, it is a quite an update. The old MassCare site was sluggish -- infrequently updated and often lacking links to upcoming events. Check it out here or click below. Also in health reform, check out WBUR's Q & A with David Seltz, … Continue reading Single-payer health reform advocates launch new website #HCR #mapoli

#mahealthcarecosts: Massachusetts commission meets

Meet the #MAHPC team: http://pic.twitter.com/ub0YukuYHealth Care For AllFri, Nov 16 2012 06:48:10ReplyRetweetFavoriteMore about the chairman. Altman to head Mass health costs board.Brandeis professor and long-time health policy player, Stuart Altman, will chair the state's new health care costs board.Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on Google Share on LinkedinShare by emailtinkerrr0 likes · 0 commentsCost commission begins work to … Continue reading #mahealthcarecosts: Massachusetts commission meets

Essay contest — Tell a story about the cost of your health care and win $$$ #hcr #healthreform #aca

Ever feel like your doctor has no sense of the cost of the prescription, treatment or scan he or she is ordering? In an ideal word, doctors shouldn’t take cost into consideration when choosing care. But the health care system doesn’t operate in the real world and often that scan doesn’t represent the best care. … Continue reading Essay contest — Tell a story about the cost of your health care and win $$$ #hcr #healthreform #aca

The “end of fee for service”: Health cost wars break out in in New England #hcr #mapoli #aca

More than a river divides Vermont and New Hampshire. In the state that lives by the motto, " Live Free or Die," regulators and politicians declined to set up a health insurance exchange mandated as part of the health reform law. From the June 22 Concord Monitor: John Lynch signed into law a bill that prohibits New Hampshire … Continue reading The “end of fee for service”: Health cost wars break out in in New England #hcr #mapoli #aca

Health Wonk Review: Wearing the Green for the St. Patrick’s Day Edition

Here in Boston, researchers have looked into that most pressing of St. Patrick’s Day health questions: Is Guinness really good for you? Red wine gets all the press, but Tufts researchers found a positive association between beer and bone density. For this edition of the Health Wonk Review, we take a a look at the Irish Times and … Continue reading Health Wonk Review: Wearing the Green for the St. Patrick’s Day Edition

Will competition in Hep C drug market bring down costs? #hepatitis

Lots of health news emerges from investor events like this week's J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference. The Globe's Robert Weisman reports this morning on competition for Cambridge-based (soon to be Boston-based) Vertex Pharmaceuticals. SAN FRANCISCO - It was supposed to be a victory lap for Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc. executives: their first appearance at the life sciences industry’s most … Continue reading Will competition in Hep C drug market bring down costs? #hepatitis