Will a legislative study put Massachusetts on the path to single-payer? Supporters head to Beacon Hill to push for it.

Tucked inside the health care bill passed by the state Senate is a provision to study the possibility of a  single-payer health care system. The bill's cost control measures are getting all the attention. From the Globe:   The 100-page bill attempts to help struggling community hospitals by setting a floor for the reimbursements they receive from … Continue reading Will a legislative study put Massachusetts on the path to single-payer? Supporters head to Beacon Hill to push for it.

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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

Compare Massachusetts doctors via quality reports and patient feedback

Searching for health care services on the Internet can be like searching info about food, hotels or pets. You have to sort through a lot of low quality or scraped sites that don't offer much. Healthcare Compass looks like a good destination for Bay Staters. On this website, there are two different ways to compare … Continue reading Compare Massachusetts doctors via quality reports and patient feedback

#Medicare boss Berwick for Massachusetts governor? Changing what makes sense #hcr #mapoli

Sure sounds like it from the Globe story. Berwick, a Newton pediatrician and longtime Harvard faculty ...has been contemplating a run for the past two or three months, meeting with 40 or 50 people, including political veterans and consultants. ...“I’m strongly considering it,” said Berwick, whose interest in the office was first reported by State … Continue reading #Medicare boss Berwick for Massachusetts governor? Changing what makes sense #hcr #mapoli

Celebrate healthy, local food with CitySprouts

Every single school in Cambridge has a garden, thanks to a program called CitySprouts. Come celebrate tomorrow and bring the kids. October 2 2010 CitySprouts Annual School Garden Celebration The Annual CitySprouts School Garden Celebration, Saturday October 2nd, 11am to 3pm, rain or shine, at the Tobin School, 197 Vassal Lane. Come celebrate our school … Continue reading Celebrate healthy, local food with CitySprouts

Mass reform: Dump the MRI, bust the unions and gamble on high-deductibles

Docs, hospitals and patients – all the players are moving.    Carey Goldberg at WBUR’s Commonhealth mines a new report on health reform in Massachusetts for a top ten list of notable trends.    1.Doctors who own imaging centers are trying to sell them to hospitals, which can charge more 2.Widespread skepticism that the political will exists … Continue reading Mass reform: Dump the MRI, bust the unions and gamble on high-deductibles

State nixes health insurance rate hikes plus reform in review

  The Globe reports that the state is rejecting health insurance rate hikes for the first time. Making good on Governor Deval Patrick's promise to reject health insurance rate hikes deemed excessive, the state Division of Insurance this morning turned down 235 of 274 increases proposed by Massachusetts health insurers for small businesses and individuals. … Continue reading State nixes health insurance rate hikes plus reform in review