Although it is inevitable that errors will occur in patient care, a recent article in New England Journal of Medicine showed that there has been no significant change in the number of patients harmed in our hospitals (“Temporal Trends in Rates of Patient Harm Resulting from Medical Care”, NEJM 2010;363:2124-34). Landrigan and colleagues studied the […]Continue Reading →
Palliative care or ‘end of life’ is always difficult to discuss. However, it is important that just as we want our loved ones cared for compassionately and thoroughly, that tests or treatments not be done when they don’t change the outcome or will cause suffering. A number of patients who are about to die from […]Continue Reading →
Health care costs escalated by $1B per year, leaving schools dramatically underfunded according to a report from the Boston Foundation (“Health Care Costs Drain State Aid for Schools”, Boston Globe December 9, 2010). The outcome may be “trimming employee health benefits” along with major spending cuts in education. This comes on the heels of reports […]Continue Reading →
- Multiple Articles in Today’s Boston Globe and Wall Street Journal Focus on Patient “Empowerment” and Engagement
- Cutting Health Care Costs for Employers and Employees – How Should Hospitals and Caregivers Respond?
- The Gauntlet Is Thrown Down For Health Care Cost Control In Massachusetts
- “Accountable Care Organizations” May Change How We Care for Patients
- No Significant Change in the Number of Patients Harmed