Patient safety advocates say the best way to reduce medical errors is for hospitals to openly acknowledge mistakes and learn from them. But the fear of malpractice lawsuits has gotten in the way of that. A couple years ago, Massachusetts passed a law that supports a more open apology process. Now, two hospital systems are taking that process one step further.
BMC — a managed care Medicaid plan — says it can’t afford to pay the rates that Baystate says it needs.
Four toddlers over two days were treated for injuries from ingesting laundry detergent packets.
Several companies now offer prenatal DNA tests that screen for conditions like Down syndrome, a chromosomal disorder that causes developmental disabilities.
They say they’d rather err on the side of caution in prescribing the new painkiller.
Baystate Medical Center in Springfield tries to contain the impact of the first measles case in Western Massachusetts in decades.
Officials at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield say no patients were turned away Tuesday evening. That’s despite a lock down brought on by a standoff between police and a man who eventually shot himself and died.
Springfield police say a man involved in a four-hour standoff in a hospital parking lot has shot and killed himself.
A new study is highlighting the difficulty wheelchair-bound patients continue to have in accessing medical care, despite passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act a generation ago.
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has launched a first-in-the-nation health information exchange highway.