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June 2012 Archives

Massachusetts legislation to improve nursing home care

This week Massachusetts senate members unanimously passed legislation that would strengthen protections for those in nursing homes. This legislation should go a long way in preventing nursing home negligence or abuse to the state's most vulnerable population, those that are suffering from dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

Poll reveals misdiagnosis common in Mass. patients

A recent WBUR poll in Boston reveals some very troubling views about the current state of the Massachusetts medical care system. Although 48 percent of those polled are very satisfied with the quality of medical care they receive, four in ten sick adults believe there is a serious problem with the quality in the state. In fact, when asked specifically about the quality of treatment, 37 percent believe that this is a serious or somewhat serious problem for the state.

Massachusetts woman dies in car wreck with teen driver

A woman from Massachusetts who was traveling out of state to see her grandson graduate from high school has tragically died in a car crash involving a 15-year-old driver. The teenage driver pulled her car directly into the path of the car driven by the son of the deceased. He and the teen were treated for minor injuries at the hospital and released.

Massachusetts hospitals apologize for medical mistakes

A relatively new approach to addressing doctor errors is taking hold at a number of Massachusetts hospitals. The process, known as "disclosure, apology, and offer," is an attempt by hospitals to stave off medical malpractice claims that arise from doctor mistakes.

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