Health Care

The right prescription for biomed innovation

The right prescription for biomed innovation

Stronger intellectual property protections needed to safeguard research and development

JUST AS ATLANTA has a booming film industry and Silicon Valley has become synonymous with technology, Boston has earned its place as America’s hometown for biomedical innovation. With a hyper-educated workforce, a cutting-edge biopharma and medical device sector, and massive investments in research and development, it’s no wonder Beantown has seen such a surge in(...)

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Recovery coaches could be game changers on opioid addiction

Recovery coaches could be game changers on opioid addiction

Legislature should move to adopt new credentialing for those working most closely with patients

IN 2017, five people died each day from opioid-related overdoses in Massachusetts. That’s nearly 2,000 families who lost a loved one. The opioid epidemic is one of the most serious public health crises of our time, and even though it causes such sadness, there are also glimmers of hope that can be seen in the(...)

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Cost barriers rise for patients

Cost barriers rise for patients

Insurance deductible policies for drugs hurt those most in need

THERE SEEMS TO be a new story each day about how patients across the country are being treated unfairly by their health insurance company. Chances are, you or someone you love has been through something like this. These are patients who have done the right thing, worked hard, paid their premiums, and expected that when(...)

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Business groups seek to pare back ER visits

Business groups seek to pare back ER visits

Through diversions, organizations aim for $100m in savings

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE WITH THEIR SIGHTS SET on about $100 million in savings, 20 business organizations on Wednesday formally announced the creation of a coalition that aims to reduce the number of avoidable emergency room visits by 20 percent over two years. The Massachusetts Employer-Led Coalition to Reduce Health Care Costs plans to work(...)

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With junk insurance, you get what you pay for

With junk insurance, you get what you pay for

How the Trump administration is undermining women’s health and what to do

INSPIRED BY MARCHES, movements (#MeToo, #TimesUp), and momentum (the unprecedented surge of females running for office), women are standing up for the issues that matter most to them. Let’s make sure that healthcare continues to be on that list. Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), American women have made dramatic gains. The number of uninsured(...)

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Health Policy Commission should do more

Health Policy Commission should do more

Agency should listen more and weigh ballot question evidence

THE 2012 LAW CREATING the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission (HPC) includes a provision setting up an advisory council to the executive director of the commission.  The charge to the advisory council is to “advise on the overall operation and policy of the commission.”  There are about 30 or so people drawn from various health care(...)

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Blazing the trail for universal health coverage

Blazing the trail for universal health coverage

Taking stock 30 years after landmark state law was passed

THIRTY YEARS AGO today, Massachusetts made history with the passage of the Universal Health Care Law, a triumph that continues to teach us how broad coalitions can win crucial battles and overcome daunting obstacles with time and tenacity. As two veterans of three decades of health care fights, we can bear witness to the long(...)

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The Codcast: A devilish health care merger

Two of the state’s leading health care analysts say they aren’t sure whether creating a powerful alternative to Partners HealthCare will reduce health care costs in Massachusetts or increase them. “It’s the devil you know versus the devil you don’t know,” said John E. McDonough, a professor of public health practice at the TH Chan(...)

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Unlikely partners protect contraceptive coverage

Unlikely partners protect contraceptive coverage

Compromise key for health insurers, reproductive freedom advocates

A YEAR AGO IN MASSACHUSETTS, reproductive freedom advocates and health insurance plans sat down for an unlikely meeting: to find a way to protect access to birth control in the Commonwealth. Our groups have historically been at odds about access to certain coverages and the insurance mandates to pay for therm. The health plans knew(...)

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Tufts CEO slams BI-Lahey merger

Tufts CEO slams BI-Lahey merger

Warns ‘duopoly’ will control commercial market

THE CEO OF TUFTS MEDICAL CENTER took issue with the stated rationale behind the proposed megamerger of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Lahey Health, and several other hospitals, saying the combined entity would not end up challenging Partners HealthCare for supremacy in Massachusetts. “This is a false argument,” said Michael Wagner, testifying at an educational(...)

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