Single-payer lives — in my mailbox

Boston Health News doesn't take sides, so we won't be signing the petition to both Massachusetts senators that arrived in the mail yesterday.  But it is worth noting. The fat envelope features a quote from Bernie Sanders, a document entitled  "Myths and Lies about Single-Payer" and an appeal for donations to Public Citizen, the consumer … Continue reading Single-payer lives — in my mailbox

BHN reports: Push for single-payer lives on in Massachusetts

With the ACA under constant fire, it’s easy to think that single payer is off the table.  Try getting that through Congress.  Still, seems, here in Massachusetts, single payer supporters are not ready to give up. On Wednesday night,  Mass-Care invited former CMS director and gubernatorial candidate Don Berwick to a meeting on “What can … Continue reading BHN reports: Push for single-payer lives on in Massachusetts

#NEJM #Relman obit: “A master in the use of the bully pulpit” #HCR

A not entirely objective perspective on the  career of the journal's storied editor. Here's the last paragraph: In the increasingly complex world of health care, Bud Relman was a prophetic figure, larger than life. He acted as our conscience. In his writing and speaking, he always reminded us that the medical profession is far more than … Continue reading #NEJM #Relman obit: “A master in the use of the bully pulpit” #HCR

Harvard and MIT use clinical trials to study health policy #ACA #HCR

A New York Times story on the feds' failure to use randomized clinical trials for health delivery research led us to J-Pal, a joint Harvard MIT program. Here's a link to the group's health page.  J-PAL’s Health Program seeks to promote the important contributions that randomized evaluations can make in understanding how improvements in health … Continue reading Harvard and MIT use clinical trials to study health policy #ACA #HCR

Globe, Times on some of the the 3 million newly insured

With the uproar about computer glitches with the new health insurance exchanges, you would never know that millions of people were about the get coverage at a reasonable cost.Today, The Boston Globe's  Chelsea Conaboy offers stories on five of them. The story is  behind the pay wall. You can look at the pictures, go out and buy the Sunday … Continue reading Globe, Times on some of the the 3 million newly insured

Data, health, news contest draws applications from Bostonians

How to get most of the city's health writers in the same room as a bunch of app developers? A health-themed meet-up of the local Hacks and Hackers group might do it. But last week, a good number of us gathered a WBUR for a presentation on the Knight News Challenge. (WBUR has won in … Continue reading Data, health, news contest draws applications from Bostonians

Storify: Gruber on health reform at Boston health writers meeting #hcr