Should #guns be allowed in #hospitals? Is there any way to keep them out?

Should hospitals be gun-free zones? Another shooting -- this one at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire -- is a reminder that they are not. Some think they should be. That can be difficult given the quasi-public nature of hospitals.  Others disagree, saying that there should be no-gun free zones. Earlier this summer, the Brooklyn … Continue reading Should #guns be allowed in #hospitals? Is there any way to keep them out?

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Under #ACA and #IRS rules, hospitals to play larger role in public health #NEU

Gary Young, director of the Northeastern University Center for Health Policy and Healthcare Research in Boston spoke to me for my quality column in Health Leaders Media this week.  The column looked at the role social services play in promoting health. He said the Accountable Care Act's  Community Health Needs Assessment requirement is intended to integrate … Continue reading Under #ACA and #IRS rules, hospitals to play larger role in public health #NEU

Boston Globe on nasty #nursinghomes and #hospital #Medicare savings

Two stories of note in the Globe today, one on nursing homes and the other on Medicare. From Kay Lazar. On front page but need to poke around the webpage to find it: The adult diapers supplied by the new owners at New England Health Center, a nursing home in Sunderland, were so flimsy they … Continue reading Boston Globe on nasty #nursinghomes and #hospital #Medicare savings

The Boston Globe series that Steward Health took to court — before the stories ran

The Globe's narrative story about one man's struggles with his mental health care is running this week. And the company that runs one of the hospitals where he was treated was not allowed to read it first.Last week:  A Suffolk Superior Court judge ruled Thursday that Steward Health Care System has no right to review … Continue reading The Boston Globe series that Steward Health took to court — before the stories ran

Hospital closures: “Survival of the fattest”

Some say the health care system could stand to shrink a bit. Here, Alan Sager of BU uses the sudden closure of North Adams Regional Hospital to argue that the wrong hospitals are closing.  Hidden on the Globe letters page: Over half of the Massachusetts hospitals open when John F. Kennedy was elected president have now closed. … Continue reading Hospital closures: “Survival of the fattest”