NPR/PRO PUBLICA INVESTIGATION
Pharmaceutical companies seeking to promote their products have relied heavily on Harvard Medical School physicians, according to an analysis of all publicly reported industry payments to doctors. See if your doctor is one of them.
NPR/PRO PUBLICA INVESTIGATION
Hundreds of doctors receiving payments from pharmaceutical companies have been accused of professional misconduct, were disciplined by state boards or lacked credentials as researchers or specialists.
A stopgap experiment in health insurance for legal immigrants may be a preview into the future of state-subsidized health care.
A small group of local business leaders who are using their proven investment techniques — and their personal fortunes — to assemble what they believe are the world's most promising researchers to slow, stop or reverse Alzheimer's Disease.
Groundbreaking Alzheimer's research in Charlestown is being funded not by the government, but by a group of Massachusetts venture capitalists.
New nursing laws and copayment-free health care services were on the agenda as businesses came together for an information session on how health care reform will impact employers in Massachusetts.
A new report from the non-profit Massachusetts Health Council, released Tuesday morning at the State House, concludes that Massachusetts is the most violent state in the Northeast.
Low reimbursement rates have already prompted some doctors to opt out of treating Medicare patients. In Massachusetts, rising business costs are compounding the problem.
The chief of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, one of Boston's largest hospitals, is stepping down.
The shooting of Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and 19 others has sparked a debate about the tone of political rhetoric in the country.
One of the central points of debate over national health care reform is the universal health care mandate. Massachusetts already has one -- and one family is taking the state to court over their fine for not having coverage.
An Italian scientist has a controversial new theory on what causes multiple sclerorsis — and how to treat it. Some patients, desperate to stop the disease's spread, have tried it, only to have it fail months later.
Advocates for Alzheimer's patients and their families are pushing for new legislation that would create a specialized group within the Executive Office of Elder Affairs to coordinate the state’s approach to the disease.
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is filing long-awaited legislation that aims to rein in the spiraling costs of health insurance by encouraging health care providers to move to the global payment system, in which doctors would get paid a set amount of money every year for each patient they care for.
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is filing a bill Thursday that aims to reduce health care spending by changing the way doctors and hospitals get paid. Most insurers and health care providers reacting to the bill are positive, but cautious.
Two of the state's biggest health insurers have called off talks of a merger. In an email to staff obtained by WGBH, Tufts Health Plan CEO Jim Roosevelt said a review found it would be "ultimately too complex" to merge with Harvard Pilgrim.
Massachusetts doctors and policy-makers are calling for new guidelines on end-of-life care, specifically calling for doctors to discuss palliative and hospice treatments with their patients.
Half a dozen states are considering changes in laws that would allow psychologists to prescribe medicines to treat mental illness.
The governor opened a Tuesday forum on health-care costs by calling on lawmakers and health care interest groups to rein in the spiraling costs of health care — and to do so quickly. EARLIER: MIXED REACTION TO PATRICK HEALTH CARE BILL
Massachusetts' landmark universal health care law turns five Tuesday. State leaders are celebrating the occasion — and some are using it to point out that it was passed by then-Gov. Mitt Romney, who is now an opponent of national health reform and a possible GOP candidate for president.
Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley is filing legislation that would allow her to prohibit nonprofits from paying their board members. The move follows the public uproar over generous salaries and severance packages at the state's largest health insurer.
The Massachusetts House is one day into its deliberations on a controversial budget would give cities and towns the ability to change employee health plans without union approval, and unions are mobilizing to keep it from passing. EARLIER: WIS. UNION SUPPORTERS RALLY AT STATE HOUSE
A new report from the Patrick Administration says big cost variations for the same services at different hospitals are common in Massachusetts. Those costs differences are becoming a central issue as the legislature takes up Gov. Deval Patrick's proposals to control health care costs MIXED REACTIONS TO PATRICK'S HC REFORM BILL
Doctors at a Boston hospital have performed a full face transplant on the Connecticut woman who was mauled two years ago by her friend’s pet chimpanzee.
The Caregivers' Challenge
There are more than 120,000 people with Alzheimer's Disease in Massachusetts. Their caregivers each have stories of sustained stress, isolation and exhaustion -- with higher-than-normal rates of depression and chronic disease. This week, WGBH's Sean Corcoran takes a deep look at the challenges of caregiving.
The Caregivers' Challenge
The Noonan family knows too well what it's like to watch a loved one die of Alzheimer's: Their mother had it, and passed it on to at least four of her ten children. They say advanced planning, although painful, has been key to helping the family handle the disease.
The Caregivers' Challenge
The goal of many people with Alzheimer's disease and their families is to find a way for the person to spend their final days in their home. Oftentimes the burdens associated with the disease makes that impossible, but a new kind of assisted-living home for the memory-impaired offers an alternative to the traditional nursing home.
The Caregivers' Challenge
Looking at paintings in a museum or singing songs around a piano is not going to stop Alzheimer's as it steals away memories and personality. But around the country, art and music therapy programs are becoming more common for people with memory impairment.
The Caregivers' Challenge
Tracking devices, certain medications and group therapy programs are among the tools available in Massachusetts to support Alzheimer's patients and their caregivers.
The Alzheimer's caregivers’ story is often one of sustained stress, exhaustion and isolation. Rates of depression, poor nutrition and chronic disease among caregivers of Alzheimer's patients are higher than for non-caregivers — and the state has more than 120,000 of those patients. Read and listen to Sean Corcoran's coverage, which won regional Murrow and AP awards.
Time Running Short For Budget Deal On Beacon Hill
The Massachusetts legislature has until July 1st to hammer out a budget deal. For now, some collective bargaining rights for municipal employees and big cuts to state aid for communities are still up in the air.
Lateefah Torrence tells about how she used to fear becoming an unwed and undereducated young black woman politicians loved to berate. But when she met her husband and they started to try getting pregnant, her fears changed.
Massachusetts largest health insurer is refunding its customers for the $4.2 million severance payout it gave departing CEO Cleve Killingsworth.
Doctors at Brigham and Women's hospital are practicing a new procedure that allows them to give patients with knee problems customized knee replacements. The new fittings were devised by a Burlington, Mass.-based company.
A crowd of 3000 took center stage at the Wang Theatre to rally against the Congressional supercommittee’s proposed cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
An MIT economist who helped craft President Barack Obama’s affordable care act told WGBH News that like it or not, Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is the “hero of national health care reform.”
THIS WEEK ON BEACON HILL
Mass. lawmakers are on their holiday recess this week but working behind the scenes on a bill that would change how the state reimburses doctors and hospitals.
In this week's top life sciences and innovation news, Michael J. Fox's charity has given a local startup funding to improve Parkinson's treatment.
Attorney General Martha Coakley said the $24 million settlement sends the message that Massachusetts won't tolerate Medicaid fraud.
There is a strong chance that should you land in an emergency room anywhere in the country, doctors won’t have all the drugs needed to treat you. WGBH News and the New England Center for Investigative Reporting looked at how drug shortages are changing emergency care.
Former Mass. Governor Mitt Romney is making resolutions not for 2012 but for 2013. In an interview on “The Howie Carr Show,” he discussed his plans for his very first day as president.
Once his crowning achievement, health care reform has become Mitt Romney’s Achilles heel.
The former governor talks about how he's feeling three years after being diagnosed with ALS. Watch the full interview online now.
The director of the state Komen affiliate hopes local donors will see the impact of its state-level work.
The Boston archdiocese's secretary for social services said the White House needs to respect the church's core values.
With video conferencing, your competitors can be just as bored as you are: Many video conferences are susceptible to corporate spying, according to Boston software company Rapid7.
This week in Massachusetts politics, state lawmakers discuss prescription drug shortages, transit funding and offshore wind farms.
Hospitals' inability to keep sufficient stores of medication on hand is endangering patients' lives, officials said at a Monday State House hearing.
Elizabeth Brown objected to rival Scott Brown's support of a bill that would allow employers to not offer health care coverage for any service that goes against their moral beliefs.
At a Wednesday budget hearing, Southeastern Mass. lawmakers criticized the state's decision to close Taunton State Hospital. The state says closing the facility won't affect services.
The battle for hepatitis C drug market dominance rages on locally, with Vertex honing its drug Telaprevir and Enanta teaming with Novartis to create a new treatment.
The medical community and policymakers are talking about ways to fix the national prescription drug shortage, including making sure private distributors don't hold back drugs to inflate the market.
The Massachusetts Senate passed a bill on Thursday aimed at expanding HIV testing in the state.
As we wait for the Supreme Court to hand down its decision on the Affordable Care Act, you can review the issues and arguments from our WGBH News Focus coverage of the case.
WGBH NEWS FOCUS: Health Care on Trial
Local doctors are making unique efforts to improve the quality of medical treatment, especially in populations of color — in part by recruiting members of those communities to join the M.D. ranks.
A look at the last century of health care and health insurance through video — including some proposals that seem ideologically unusual today.
Scientists at Mass. General Hospital are working on a technique to strip diseased hearts of their cells and then rebuild them into healthy organs.
New research shows that Bay State residents are better at sticking to their prescribed drug regimen than most. Still, one-third of the patients with chronic health conditions stop taking their medication within a year.
At the age of 26, WGBH News' Ibby Caputo was diagnosed with leukemia. She needed expensive treatment — and qualified for MassHealth. It made her ask: whose lives matter, and at what cost?
The scenario is daunting enough: a hard-working man, an immigrant, diagnosed with cancer. But when he is bounced back and forth by insurance, cancer is just part of his struggle.
Doctors for America, which filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court, has 15,000 members of various political persuasions who all support President Barack Obama's health care law, the group's co-founder says.
People working more than one job or working more than 40 hours a week are sleeping less than most. Divorced and separated people are short on sleep, too, while working the night shift can wreck your sleep habits and hurt your health.
There's been a hopeful development in treatment for soft-tissue sarcoma. A doctor talks about how small foundations play a crucial role in cancer research.
With health care spending growing at least twice as fast as the overall economy, state Senate leaders released a proposal on Wednesday to drastically rein in the costs. The Mass. House released a similar measure last week.
Deval Patrick weighed in for the first time since the state House and Senate unveiled competing versions of bills to rein in health care spending, listing four elements a final bill must have.
The bill would control the cost of health care in Massachusetts. But is it necessary — or too much?
Nantucket is getting ready for summer — a busy time not just for vacationers but for the island's labor force. But there's a serious side to island living, especially for those residents who aren't employed all year round: a gap in health insurance coverage.
The federal government has approved the use of $628 million to implement cost-saving reforms at seven Massachusetts hospitals that treat many of the state’s poorest residents.
Adding to its car, refrigerator and laptop reviews, Consumer Reports is now evaluating groups of primary care doctors. And it's starting with Massachusetts.
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