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.
“Commonwealth of Massachusetts v. Partners HealthCare et al.” is not proceeding like any routine anti-trust matter. For one thing, there’s unprecedented opposition to the consent decree.
A status hearing on Partners Health Care’s proposed expansion is part of health care history: the unusual public access to the deliberations on the deal, thanks to a 2012 Massachusetts law.
The case of an 8-year-old girl who was treated at Boston Children’s Hospital and released means Enterovirus 68 is here and spreading, says state epidemiologist Al DeMaria. It is not typically as dangerous as the flu, he says, except in children with asthma.
BOSTON — An advance team from Boston-based Partners in Health heads for Ebola-stricken Liberia Monday. They will lay the groundwork for a two-to-three year project that will require over 100 volunteers.
BOSTON — All of the estimated 450,000 Massachusetts residents who get health insurance through the Health Connector or MassHealth will soon begin the process of applying for coverage for 2015.
A Massachusetts study finds that limited health insurance networks save money by prompting patients to rely more on primary care and less on specialists — and their care does not appear to suffer.
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.
BOSTON — Dr. Rick Sacra, of Holden, was volunteering at a hospital in Liberia run by a Christian missionary group when he became infected with the virus.
As Massachusetts strives to cut health costs, a look at the first full year of the effort finds that growth in costs has indeed slowed — but the trend may not last.
Win a hospital cafeteria lunch! How much do you think Massachusetts health costs went up in 2013? WBUR’s Martha Bebinger hosts a contest for health wonks to guess how close the state has come to its 3.6 percent goal.
The Democratic gubernatorial candidate’s positions are built on a foundation of what he calls progressive values.
BOSTON — “What I often hear is, ‘I pass as a woman until I open my mouth,’” says Kathe Perez, a speech language pathologist.
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.
BOSTON — There is no word yet on what caused the death of alleged Bulger victim Stephen Rakes.
BOSTON — Experts say members of the military have trouble with the idea that the very thing they are trained to do can injure them.
BOSTON — The concept of moral injury — a betrayal of your sense of right and wrong — has helped Marine Corps Capt. Tyler Boudreau understand years of pain that therapy and medications for PTSD didn’t address.
BOSTON — Atul Gawande, renowned writer and surgeon, is opening an innovations lab aimed at improving health care. He says Boston can be the Silicon Valley of health care innovation.