Monthly Archives: August 2009

St. Vincent Hospital Working to Cut Number of Sponges Left in Patients

According to the World Journal of Surgery, it is estimated that surgical sponges are left in a patient’s body in between 1 in 2,000 and 1 in 6,000 surgeries a year in the United States. A recent article in the … Continue reading

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We’re Number 1! And Number 41! Some Context on the “Highest Premiums” News

As the Globe reported in its lead story Saturday, a new report by the Commonwealth Fund found that Massachusetts has the highest health insurance premiums of any state. But the Globe article hinted at something else the study found. Health … Continue reading

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Weekend Light: The Fun Stuff

This is what makes it all worthwhile. Having to again wade through all the clips to select the best for the blog. The Betsy McCaughey interview is even important. Enjoy: Betsy McCaughey Part 1 Jon asks Betsy McCaughey to find … Continue reading

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Weekend Heavy: Point-Counterpoint on Payment Reform and ACOs

For the weekend, we’re going to do a mix of heavy and light posts. First, the heavy: The centerpiece of the proposed payment reform recommended by the Special Commission is the creation of “Accountable Care Organizations” (ACOs) that would receive … Continue reading

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DPH Looks at Human Rights and Public Health

If you see someone drowning in a river you should swim out to save them; and when another person is seen floundering in the tides, you can do the same for them. This is the medical approach to solving health … Continue reading

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Blue Cross Foundation Looking For A New Boss

The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation has posted its “invitation to apply” for the position of President. Former President Jarrett T. Barrios has left, and the Foundation’s interim President is Anya Rader Wallack, Executive Director of the Massachusetts … Continue reading

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Oral Health in National Health Reform: Working Together Towards a Healthy Future

The success of our country is based upon the power of people working together to develop creative solutions to everyday problems. Currently, stakeholders from all parts of this nation are speaking up about health care reform. To be successful, these … Continue reading

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