Making Health Care Better with Partnership and Progress: 2018 in Review
This year we covered a wide range of stories with impact on health care and medicine at the local, national, and international levels. From the human and economic toll of the ongoing opioid crisis to efforts to make health care better for people with complex medical conditions and social factors, our goal was to capture a snapshot of the system.
Help Wanted: Businesses Must Join the Effort to End Opioid Abuse
Addressing the human and economic toll of opioid use disorder will require the shared commitment of private, public, and nonprofit sectors, according to a Boston Globe op-ed co-authored by Partners HealthCare President and CEO David Torchiana, MD, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts' Andrew Dreyfus, and Boston Medical Center's Kate Walsh.
Economic Impact Joins Human Costs of Opioid Epidemic
The opioid epidemic’s human costs may be incalculable—and we see that stark reality on the front lines of patient care every day. But what are the costs of the crisis to Massachusetts’ economy? A new report from the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation (MTF), supported by a grant from RIZE Massachusetts, aims to answer that question.
An Extension of the Care Team, a Lifeline for Patients with Addictions
Chuck Tuttle doesn’t interact directly with patients very often. Yet his impact on care for patients with substance use disorders (SUDs) within Partners HealthCare is, in many instances, life-changing—even life-saving.
A Question of Patient Safety: A Physician’s Perspective on Question 1
In recent posts, we’ve articulated why Partners feels Question 1, mandating nurse staffing ratios, would threaten patient care quality. As election day nears, Newton-Wellesley Hospital Chief of Hospitalist Service Steven Pestka, MD, has penned an opinion piece highlighting his own concerns with the proposed mandate.
Partners Researchers Recognized as Scientific “Wunderkinds”
What makes a scientist a superstar? The journal STAT has a theory. The publication’s “Wunderkinds 2018” list is out, highlighting unheralded heroes in science and medicine after an extensive review of nominations in the hundreds by STAT editors and reporters. On the list are three Partners HealthCare-affiliated physicians.