Martha Bebinger covers health care and other general assignments for WBUR. She also created and frequently contributes to HealthCareSavvy, WBUR’s community of patients starting to shop for health care. She was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, class of 2010.
BOSTON — Doctors, hospitals, nursing homes and other health providers in Massachusetts are now required to offer end-of-life counseling to terminally ill patients. The requirement, part of a 2012 law, takes effect Friday with the posting of rules about how it will work.
BOSTON — Fourteen former employees or associates of the New England Compounding Center were arrested Wednesday on charges related to tainted steroids the Framingham pharmacy produced in 2012 that killed 64 people across the country and injured 751, some permanently.
BOSTON — Democrats squeaked out a 51-43 vote Monday to confirm Dr. Vivek Murthy, 37, in the waning days of their control over the U.S. Senate.
BOSTON — It’s not clear how close the Boston hospitals are to an agreement.
A conference in Massachusetts took up the issue of doctors asking patients about gun ownership.
BOSTON — As the marijuana industry takes shape in Massachusetts, it will need a trained workforce. In Natick, the Northeastern Institute of Cannabis is offering classes.
BOSTON — Several groups are praising his choice, citing Sudders’ work as the former state mental health commissioner and former head of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.
Transgender medicine is a concept that is just now taking shape. Two professors offer these tips for nurses and doctors.
So the new site works and that, by itself is a success, say some people who’ve struggled to enroll or help residents do so for the past year. But lots of people are asking why — when the state has spent $254 million between the old, failed site and this new one — they are still having so much trouble signing up for a health plan.
Saturday is the first day of open enrollment via the Health Connector.
BOSTON — John Welch, a nurse anesthetist at Boston Children’s Hospital is one of the small, but growing number of doctors, nurses and lab workers from Boston traveling to West Africa to help fight the Ebola crisis.
BOSTON — Coakley is not saying what kind of work she’ll pursue when her term as attorney general ends in January. “I want to find a way to continue working for the people of Massachusetts. What form that takes, I don’t know yet,” she told supporters Wednesday morning.
BOSTON — Former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino’s imprint is on dozens of multi-million dollar initiatives around the city. But it’s also everywhere in Readville, the section of Hyde Park where Menino, who passed away Thursday at 71, was born, raised his own children, and was called Tommy as often as he was called mayor.
BOSTON — Former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino has decided to stop his cancer treatment.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Harvard University is outlining details of the largest donation in the school’s 378-year history. The $350 million gift, in memory of a Hong Kong businessman, is to the Harvard School of Public Health.
The Democratic gubernatorial candidate’s positions are built on a foundation of what he calls progressive values.
LANCASTER, Mass. — A woman from Worcester who fled conflict in Burundi will be honored at the White House Tuesday as a Champion of Change.
BOSTON — There’s a replacement in the works for the abortion clinic buffer zone law ruled unconstitutional last month by the U.S. Supreme Court.
BOSTON — The former Boston mayor went public this weekend with word of his diagnosis.
BOSTON — Two Middlesex County deputy sheriffs were escorting an inmate who needed treatment when he managed to get access to one of the deputy’s firearms.