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    Healthcare lawsuit: States opposed to healthcare overhaul pin hopes on Florida court hearing – latimes.com Conservative legal challenge to federal reform comes to court this week. (Los Angeles Times) Patient Money – Health Insurance Brokers Can Guide Individual Buyers – NYTimes.com Brokers are busier than ever as individuals explore their new options. (The New York Times) A …

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    Bob Oakes interviews Rick Boothman of Michigan about malpractice changes.

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    Two Harvard experts write about new directions in malpractice reform.

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    A Massachusetts study finds that electronic health records appear to cut malpractice claims.

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    The measure is opposed by Massachusetts hospitals. Nurses unions are split on the initiative.

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    A medical student describes a moment of struggling to respond to a patient's plaintive comment, and tries to learn for the future.

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    The state's Health Policy Commission asks the attorney general to look into ways to make sure a proposed Beth Israel-Lahey Health merger would not send prices soaring or hurt health-care access for lower-income people.

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    The shift to electronic medical records means a single breach can affect many more patients.

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    Three local doctors decry a Trump administration proposal that would penalize legal immigrants applying for green cards if they use public benefits.

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    Timothy Gens was the executive vice president of the Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association for over two decades.

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    A report from an independent state agency on the potential costs of a November ballot question on nurse staffing levels is generating controversy.

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    All four Massachusetts medical schools are trying to get better at helping students grapple with palliative care.

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    Proponents of the ballot measure -- Question 1 -- called the Health Policy Commission's estimate a "guess."

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    "I've seen the prevalence of blackouts ranging anywhere from 10 percent to up to 50 percent of young people who drink," says Dr. Richard Saitz. "It's fair to say it's not rare."

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    Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts also announced an "opioid toolkit" service for its workplaces and for employer customers.

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    Does cycling impact sexual function? The science is conflicted, but efforts are under way to reduce risk.

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    The state Public Health Council gave the merger a green light but included conditions aimed at keeping costs down and protecting health care access for lower-income patients.

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    Gov. Charlie Baker said he will vote no on Question 1, which would change the ratio of nurses to patients in hospitals.

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    The Framingham Heart Study turns 70 this year.

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    Although volunteers for Alzheimer's research are desperately needed, so many patients — mainly Spanish speakers — face a language barrier.

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