health care

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.Read more

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...Read more

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...Read more

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:

[N]o account shall be taken of the effect on the person on whom the operation is

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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....Read more

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.

Tinker Ready, meanwhile, wonders why Attorney General Martha Coakley plans on releasing this report without naming...Read more

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:

... All of a sudden the nurse's eyes widened and she said in a firm voice, "Sit down. Sit down right now. Right now, sit down, RIGHT NOW." She was gazing past me. I put my hands on the patient's shoulders

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

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

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.

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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...Read more

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....Read more

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...Read more

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...Read more

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. ...

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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.

One clinic will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at Hyde Park High School, 665 Metropolitan Ave., in Hyde Park. The other is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday,...Read more

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.

By - 11/10/09 - 8:47 am

WBUR reports some local hospitals say the number of ER visits by people with flu-like symptoms has plateaued.Read more

By - 11/9/09 - 8:46 am

WBUR reports that Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts is seeing an increase in prescriptions for antibiotics to treat flu symptoms, which the insurer calls "a little concerning" since antibiotics don't work against the flu.

By - 11/8/09 - 9:05 pm

The Los Angeles Times reports on a health-care "reform" pushed by John Kerry (and, to be fair, by the late Ted Kennedy) that would require insurers to pay for Christian Science counseling sessions as a health-care expense.

Via Deb Geisler, who requests our new senior senator read up on the First Amendment's separation clause.