Boston Hospital Comes Out of The Closet About Medical Mistakes

The front page of the Boston Globe, April 10,2013 had an article by Liz Kowalczyk,  “Airing Medical Mistakes.” http://bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/health-wellness/2013/04/09/brigham-and-women-publishes-stories-medical-errors-focus-staff-attention-solutions/heFVdgGnLc2O9QqL1eiMnN/story.html Thank you Liz!  This is a great article about the steps Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston has taken to come out of the closet about medical errors.  The hospital started a staff only intranet newsletter called,  Safety…

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One Nursing Home’s Alternative To Anti-Psychotic Medications.

The Boston Globe, part two in the series on the use of anti-psychotics in nursing homes, offers a look at  alternatives.  The article focuses on a nursing home, The Life Care Center of Nashoba Valley and how they do not have anyone on these medications for behavioral issues.  According to the data released by the…

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Nursing Home Use Of Antipsychotics: A Boston Globe Series

I want to thank the Boston Globe writers, Kay Lasar and Matt Carroll, for doing the series on the use of anti-psychotic medications to treat Alzheimer’s disease  and persons without a mental illness called “A Rampant Prescription, A Hidden Peril.”  I applaud them for their research and investigation into the over use of these drugs in…

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Boston Globe Gets It Right About Tiered Health Plans

On the front page of today’s Boston Globe, is an article on the new tiered health care plans being pushed on consumers.  Finally!  Since the day, I first found out about these plans I have been writing about the cost  and burden to the consumer. With these plans, providers and hospitals are rated by their…

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Why Patient Advocates are Needed: A Hospital Bill Nightmare

In yesterday’s Boston Globe, there was a story by Kevin Cullen called “A Hospital Bill That’s Tough To Stomach.”   It is an unbelievable story of a family’s journey in the health system and ending up with a million dollar bill.  Here is the link to the story. http://www.boston.com/yourtown/boston/roxbury/articles /2010/12/12/a_hospital_bill_thats_tough_to_stomach/ As an advocate, I have…

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The Advocate Voice

In today Boston’s Globe, is an article called “Lost in Translation, What Doctors SAY is often not what patients HEAR”  by Elizabeth Cooney. This is an article reporting on a studies in Massachusetts from Dr Michael Rothberg of Bay State Medical, in Springfield and Dr. Michael Barry at Mass General.  In essence the study showed…

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