health care

By - 3/1/10 - 12:57 pm

If you haven't read Sean Murphy's two-part series on health coverage for municipal workers - especially, the bonus coverage for volunteer officials, you should (here and here). But as Nast asked, what are you (meaning we) going to do about it?

By - 2/26/10 - 5:07 pm

The Boston Business Journal reports on dismal financial news from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Fallon Community Health Plan and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. Tufts Health Plan lost money on operations, but ended the year in the black thanks to investments.

By - 2/24/10 - 12:31 pm

The Boston Public Health Commission reports a double-digit decline in salmonella cases among Bostonians of Asian and Pacific Islander descent, which it credits to a public-awarness campaign aimed at Chinatown residents.

According to the commission:

By - 2/21/10 - 12:06 pm

The Globe reports on the problem of sensors that could save patient lives being turned off or simply ignored.

By - 2/16/10 - 7:14 pm

The Boston Redevelopment Authority today approved a 10-year construction project that will reshape the gateway to the Longwood Medical Area at the Riverway and Brookline Avenue.

The project, which also needs zoning changes and approval from parks officials, would replace a series of existing buildings with a new 16-story residential building, a 12-story medical research and clinical building and and a facility to provide transitional housing for mental-health patients who no longer need hospitalization.

By - 2/16/10 - 6:02 pm

With in-patient stays on the rise and community hospitals beginning to close pediatric units, Children's Hospital said today it hopes to break ground this spring on an addition on Binney Street to add new beds.

The proposal, approved by the Boston Redevelopment Authority this afternoon, would essentially add 130,000 square feet of space to existing Children's floors - with 30 new inpatient beds and a number of other patient rooms, as well an expanded emergency room and radiation department.

By - 2/11/10 - 10:11 am

The state legislature's Joint Committee on the Judiciary holds a hearing March 2 on a bill that would ban "genital mutilation" on people under 18, with the threat of a 14-year jail sentence for violators.

The bill as currently written would ban circumcisions done for religious reasons:

By - 2/11/10 - 9:45 am

Paul Levy, CEO at Beth Israel Deaconess (and, yes, a Charlie Baker backer), explains why Deval Patrick's attempt to regulate health-insurance premiums will fail because it ignores the monopolistic overhead charged by archrival Partners HealthCare - a factor Coakley noted in a report released just two weeks ago.

By - 1/29/10 - 9:09 am

The Outraged Liberal got outraged this morning trying to read a Globe story about insurers paying certain hospitals too much money for care that isn't really any better, because an ad for former Harvard-Pilgrim CEO turned gubernatorial hopeful Charlie Baker popped up right over the text.

By - 1/29/10 - 12:12 am

Dr. T recalls the time she had just finished giving a patient sitting on an operating table before an operation a spinal anesthetic:

By - 1/28/10 - 2:27 pm

Standard & Poor's slashes its credit rating over poor financial outlook, the Boston Business Journal reports.

By - 1/27/10 - 7:55 am

The Outraged Liberal notes a Washington Bureau preview of Obama's state-of-the-union address buys into the national-press mantra that the recent Senate election was all about health care when the Globe's homies in Boston are busy writing there were other issues involved:

... Maybe they should get out of Washington and come home a little more often. Or at least read their own paper. ...

By - 1/11/10 - 12:06 pm


The Boston Public Health Commission has posted findings from a study of swine-flu cases in Boston over the past year. One key finding: Hispanics required hospitalization for H1N1 more than four times as often as whites; black three times as often. Almost half the blacks requiring a hospital stay had asthma, which the commission says underscores the need for particularly active vaccination programs for people with certain other existing health issues (UPDATE: Sharp-eyed, statistics-minded SwirlyGrrl notes in the comments the problem seems to be among minority children, not adults).

By - 12/16/09 - 9:01 am

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center CEO made news this spring when he sought employee help in making cuts to reduce the number of layoffs. Now, he reports, he asked the staff what to do should hospital finances continue to improve. Based on their advice, and if the upward trends continue, the hospital will restore pay increases on April 1.

By - 12/10/09 - 9:34 am

Beth Israel Deaconess CEO Paul Levy posts an exchange of e-mails among surgeons over a new requirement that they complete an online training module brought in after a surgeon operated on the wrong side of a patient last year. However, he omits the name of the surgeon who thinks he would never make a mistake like that and that the training is just a waste of his time.

By - 12/6/09 - 1:56 pm

Went to the Ohrenberger School in West Roxbury today for my swine-flu shot (yep, I'm in one of the risk groups). Based on what I'd read about some other flu clinics, I was braced for a long wait.

But no. There were a gazillion Boston Public Health Commission workers and EMTs there and lots of arrow signs and staunchions and stuff, and even with all the stops along the way to pick up brochures and fill out paperwork and hand in paperwork, I don't think I was there for more than ten minutes.

By - 12/2/09 - 9:08 pm

Liveblogging from a crowded meeting tonight in Codman Square:

... South Dorchester is one of the highest neighborhoods in the city in term of hospitalization due to diabetes or heart disease. In fact, it’s interesting to note that there’s a ring in Boston of general unhealthiness including Fenway, Southie, Roxbury and North and South Dorchester. ...

By - 12/2/09 - 10:19 am

If you're a Boston resident in one of the high-risk groups, you can get a free shot this weekend at clinics run by the Boston Public Health Commission.

By - 11/15/09 - 11:46 am

Paul Levy at Beth Israel (the Avis to Partners Healthcare's Hertz) says what we have here is a failure to compete due to a sort of health-care duopoly - a market with one dominant provider and one dominant insurer.

By - 11/11/09 - 9:04 am

It's not so much that Mike Capuano changed his mind on health care and that abortion ban as that he was blasting Coakley for taking the same position he adopted that has some riled and puzzled.