Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Liz Kowalczyk Globe Staff March 29, 2019 The expectant mother was in labor at South Shore Hospital when she requested a common pain medicine, which was administered by an anesthesiologist. Home with a newborn days later, she was surprised when a bill arrived from the doctor’s group for $2,143.44. Another patient who went to Emerson Hospital’s emergency department for what turned out to be a broken rib also received a surprise bill: $300.91, for the services of the doctor who read the X-ray.Neither of the patients initially knew the reason behind the hefty additional charges, according to complaints they filed with state regulators. They sought care at hospitals that were fully covered by their insurance plans. What they didn’t know was that the two doctors were not — and had billed the patients directly for their services. Advertisement … [Read more...] about Surprise medical bills: The doctor is not in your insurance plan
There's so much we don't know about the Mueller report. But here are two things we do, if history is any guide. One is the difference between drama and action. In fiction we hunger for the suspenseful turning point – in novels from Sherlock Holmes right through "Gone Girl," in courtroom dramas from the classic "Witness for the Prosecution" to the latest "NCIS." The riveting element in them all is the big reveal, the shocking secret, the moment when the buried truth comes out and everything looks different all at once. Public life contains enough drama that you could easily imagine that it works at the same pace. Consider John Dean's testimony against Richard Nixon at the Watergate hearings; or the memorable dressing down, "Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last?" that the lawyer Joseph Welch delivered to the reckless Senator Joe McCarthy in the 1950s. But consider what happened next: A year after Dean's testimony, Nixon was still in office. He held on for 14 months … [Read more...] about James Fallows: What history teaches us about uncovering coverups
By Michael Silverman | [email protected] | Boston HeraldPUBLISHED: January 17, 2019 at 11:34 am | UPDATED: January 17, 2019 at 12:36 pm Governor Baker wants Massachusetts to pull up a seat at the sports betting table this year, and is proposing his own bill to make that happen. The Baker administration announced today it will file legislation before Friday’s deadline that would allow sports wagering lounges at the three licensed casino operations in the Commonwealth as well as permitting bettors within Massachusetts to place sports wagers from their phones and laptops. In a press release, the Baker administration estimated the bill would generate $35 million in tax revenues in Fiscal Year 2020. Take Our Poll A White Paper from the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) last March estimated that the state would reap approximately $45 million annually based on the brick-and-mortar and online wagering options that Gov. Baker is proposing. On Tuesday, Gov. Baker … [Read more...] about Charlie Baker all in on sports betting in Massachusetts
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Liz Kowalczyk and Priyanka Dayal McCluskey Globe Staff January 13, 2019 Need an X-ray and stitches to go along with your burrito and office supplies?Urgent care centers, walk-in clinics that treat a range of pressing medical issues, are proliferating in crowded shopping centers and along busy roads across the state, especially in affluent suburbs. One 2-mile stretch of Route 9 will soon have four urgent care centers, the newest next to a Chipotle and a Staples in Natick. Chestnut Hill has three within a 15-minute drive, and Cambridge, four. But no companies have rushed to open urgent care centers in Dorchester, Roxbury, or other lower-income neighborhoods in Boston. Advertisement The explosion of the urgent care industry is reshaping the health care landscape in Massachusetts and across the country. A state commission counted 150 urgent care centers last year, … [Read more...] about Urgent care centers proliferate in Mass., but fewer low-income patients have access
Jason M. Bailey, New York Times Published 7:54 am PST, Thursday, December 27, 2018 LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers crouches down in pain on the bench after he was hurt against the Golden State LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers crouches down in pain on the bench after he was hurt against the Golden State Photo: Thearon W. Henderson, Getty Images Photo: Thearon W. Henderson, Getty Images Image 1 of / 24 Caption Close Image 1 of 24 LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers crouches down in pain on the bench after he was hurt against the Golden State LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers crouches down in pain on the bench after he was hurt against the Golden State Photo: … [Read more...] about Athletes Don’t Own Their Tattoos. That’s a Problem for Video Game Developers.