Health

Mass. = primary care doctor desert

Mass. = primary care doctor desert

41% of state has little to no access to physicians

MASSACHUSETTS IS ARGUABLY home to the best hospitals, doctors, and medical research institutions in the world. The best and brightest attend our medical schools and many will subsequently live and practice in the Commonwealth. Yet, when it comes to the foundation of our healthcare system, our primary care physicians, Massachusetts has an overlooked and worsening(...)

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Health panel raises concern on Children’s expansion

Health panel raises concern on Children’s expansion

Says $1b project could increase market share, increase spending

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE PROPOSED EXPANSIONS at Boston Children’s Hospital carry a likelihood of increased health care spending in Massachusetts and could potentially drive competing providers out of business, according to the state’s Health Policy Commission. In a letter the commission voted Tuesday to submit to the Department of Public Health, chairman Stuart Altman wrote(...)

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Too many opioid prescriptions get written

Too many opioid prescriptions get written

Partial-fill legislation is step in right direction

CONGRESS HAS HELPED MASSACHUSETTS and the nation take another step forward in the battle against prescription drug abuse. The Comprehensive Recovery and Addiction Act (CARA), a bipartisan effort incorporating several pieces of legislation targeted at opioid abuse, has been passed overwhelmingly by the House and Senate, and President Obama has signed it into law. A(...)

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Boston should stamp out flame retardants

Boston should stamp out flame retardants

Update fire code to decrease use of pre-treated furniture

THE BOSTON CITY COUNCIL recently heard testimony from firefighters, mothers, nurses, and others on a proposed change to the city’s fire code that would allow public buildings with sprinkler systems to use furniture that is free of flame retardant chemicals. Boston adheres to a flammability standard, known by the shorthand “TB 133,” that requires manufacturers to(...)

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Health care sticker shock

Health care sticker shock

What you see is not what you pay

I HAD A minor stroke in April. Then I saw the bill and nearly had a heart attack. For a trip to the emergency room, admission to the hospital for about a 36-hour stay, multiple imaging studies of my brain and nervous system, and a couple follow-up visits with my primary care physician and a(...)

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Charting postpartum depression

Charting postpartum depression

Advocates want to identify at-risk mothers before tragedy strikes, but universal screening is not an easy sell

WHENEVER SHE PICKED UP a knife, Jamie Zahlaway Belsito thought about stabbing herself. The thought intruded so often that the mother-to-be thought it was a sign that having a baby was a mistake. The dark-haired, vivacious former Philips executive used to jet back and forth between Boston and the technology company’s headquarters in the Netherlands. Belsito(...)

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Steward reports $52m loss for 2013

Steward reports $52m loss for 2013

Releases financials after deleting several pages

STEWARD HEALTH CARE reported a net loss of nearly $52 million in fiscal 2013, according to financial statements the for-profit health care company released after more than a year of stonewalling. The dispute over the documents – which had prompted a $5,000 fine from the state – ended when regulators agreed that Steward could redact(...)

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