First statewide EHR system announced — in Rhode Island

Of course, the plan for RI’s statewide EHR system was announced within a day of the merger announcement from Lifespan and Care New England, which together represent about 75% of the state’s hospital capacity (and affiliated physicians). It’s a small state, and it will have effectively one major provider by the time the EHR system […]

We have met the enemy and it is us

The Massachusetts universal coverage plan and the next-stage efforts at health care cost containment get somewhat cynical, yet sobering, coverage at CommonWealth magazine.  The article in the current issue is titled Cost Unconscious.  MassINC, which publishes the magazine says: The Summer 2007 issue of CommonWealth magazine examines the factors underlying the ever increasing costs of […]

The latest on Minute Clinics in Massachusetts

I’m just catching up with last week’s Minute Clinic news here in Massachusetts. (TOH to A Healthy Blog; I can’t be expected to read the paper all summer long, can I?)  For background, see earlier HealthBlawg posts on Minute Clinics generally and Minute Clinics’ entry into Massachusetts. The Boston Globe reports that the Department of […]

Charity care at tax-exempt hospitals: how much is enough? for the IRS? for Sen. Grassley?

The IRS’s interim report on hospitals and community benefits was released last week, one day after the latest missive from Sen. Chuck Grassley. One interesting point of comparison: Grassley would condition hospitals’ tax-exempt status on spending 5% of annual patient revenues or operating expenses (whichever is greater) on charity care.  The survey shows that a […]

Sen. Chuck Grassley has another go at 501(c)(3) hospitals

Sen. Chuck Grassley: there he goes again.  (Check out some of his other recent activities regarding tax-exempt hospitals.)  As Finance committee chairman, he’s put out a press release and discussion draft of potential non-profit hospital reforms.  The draft tees up the proposal thus: The staff proposal recommends setting specific standards for hospitals that seek exemption […]