Health reform and cancer: Mass can’t get either one right?

Fortune/CNN jumps all over Mass health reform  …(T)he plans offer lavish subsidies that swell the demand for health care, they do nothing to increase the supply of medical services in a market suffering from shortages of everything from family doctors to nurses to hospital beds. Two years after enacting health-care reform to rein in costs, … Continue reading Health reform and cancer: Mass can’t get either one right?

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Shell game on Massachusetts health costs

Hospitals are making money. Insurers are losing money. If only it were that simple. Most hospitals in the state are flush, according to a pair of new state reports. Well, maybe sort of.  Partners told the Globe said they’ve started losing money since the report on hospital reserves showed that Partners has $5.7 billion in … Continue reading Shell game on Massachusetts health costs

Tipping point for health costs in Mass?

BHN is not a fan of the overused term "tipping point."  But, it works here. Let's connect the dots.  The Globe‘s reports on back room deals at Partners, the hospital giant that helps fuels the regions high health care costs high. The ever-looming high costs of care in Mass.  The state’s – and now the public’s … Continue reading Tipping point for health costs in Mass?

Herald: Scott Brown victory delivered health reform

And, oh, are those Tea Partiers angry. From today's Boston Herald: Republican folk hero Sen. Scott Brown is being taunted by triumphant Democrats - and slammed by irked conservatives - after the historic health-care bill he was elected to kill was signed into law by President Obama yesterday... “If it wasn’t for the Tea Party … Continue reading Herald: Scott Brown victory delivered health reform

BHN Report: Massachusetts health costs hearings

The Commonwealth is getting serious about health care costs. Increases are unrelenting and over the top. In Massachusetts, health costs are rising at three times the rate of wages, according to testimony below. Rising prices are eating away at company profits, family savings, worker’s wages and public health programs.   Studies, bills, hearings. Will we get … Continue reading BHN Report: Massachusetts health costs hearings

Patient Deaths, Doctor Shortages and Reform in Maine

Also, Obama's proposal is up. More coverage here. The Globe had a good story Sunday on a fatal device breakdown at Mass General  Looking at the second paragraph, it appears this story was heavily lawyered, as we say in the news biz --- edited with liability in mind. It lists everything that MGH has done … Continue reading Patient Deaths, Doctor Shortages and Reform in Maine

Harvard Pilgrim for Governor

     It does have the magic "H" word in its name. (Not the be confused with   Harvard Vanguard, a group of now unrelated clinics and health centers.) From today's Globe: A Boston Globe analysis of contributor reports shows that in seven months (Republican Charlie) Baker’s campaign raised more than $122,000 in contributions tied directly to … Continue reading Harvard Pilgrim for Governor