health care

By - 3/25/10 - 8:09 am

The Globe reports Caritas Christi, which runs a string of hospitals in the Boston area, is selling itself to Cerberus Capital Management, which took over the sick car company a couple years ago and watched to plunge into bankruptcy. The company will, of course, turn the chain of Catholic hospitals into a health-care company, but promises not to try to take it public for at least three years.

By - 3/22/10 - 10:13 am

The Globe summarizes, seems to mainly benefit people who don't buy health insurance (lower penalties); increase the number of people eligible for government insurance subsidies and let children stay on their parents' plans longer. Also: 10% tax on tanning beds!

By - 3/22/10 - 10:07 am

Rachel Zimmerman reports that during intermission at a play at a Cambridge school last night, the director announced the results of a procedural vote in the House on health care (not the actual, final vote):

The audience stood up and cheered.

By - 3/21/10 - 11:00 pm

Teddy can rest easy tonight.

As expected, Stephen Lynch, D-9th, voted no on the measure (Times map showing all the votes). State Rep. Jeff Perry, R-Sandwich, running to replace Bill Delahunt in the 10th district, wasted no time issuing a press release calling the measure unconstitutional.

By - 3/20/10 - 9:55 pm

Capuano explains:

Although I am not happy with every aspect of this bill, I have come to the conclusion that the benefits for Massachusetts and the country outweigh the problems.

By - 3/19/10 - 4:34 pm

Mike Ball, who calls Lynch a "suddenly unbearable" small embarassment, posts his phone numbers and a Web site on which you can send him a message.

Mike Durant posts a copy of the letter he sent Lynch, who happens to be his representative:

By - 3/16/10 - 9:24 am

The CEO of Blue Cross-Blue Shield has quit; insurer says it has nothing to do with large losses, Cleve Killingsworth just decided giving lectures would be more interesting.

The Globe reports on how some hospitals and doctors are more equal than others, based on data from Harvard Pilgrim.

By - 3/14/10 - 1:38 pm

Dr. Michael Bailin demonstrates an awake endotracheal intubation at Mass. General - on himself:

Via Dr. T, herself an anesthesiologist, who watched the video admiringly.

By - 3/11/10 - 9:09 am

They tend to see the worst cases. Kristen, a nurse who lives in Randolph, is blogging about her life after gastric bypass surgery - and how hard it was at first for her to even think about it:

By - 3/6/10 - 10:57 am

By Medicare inspectors, the Globe reports.

By - 3/2/10 - 8:42 am

Beth Israel Deaconess CIO John Halamka explains how the hospital spends $1 million a year protecting its network and records.

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.