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Tuesday, June 5, 2007

On the blogs: more on Flea's case, how hospital rates are set

Lots of blog-linking to point to today.

lindeman100.bmpKevin, M.D., links to a blog by New York personal injury lawyer Eric Turkewitz that sheds more light on how Natick pediatrician Dr. Robert Lindeman (left) was revealed as the blogger Flea in his malpractice trial. Turkewitz called up Elizabeth Mulvey, the attorney for the plaintiffs, whose 12-year-old son died from complications of diabetes.

"She told me she was tipped off to his blog by another attorney. How did the other attorney know? Because Flea had blogged about a subject that Mulvey had spoken on some time back and the other attorney realized that she had the case," Turkewitz writes. "Flea had unwittingly given out the identifying information when he discussed her talk.

On A Healthy Blog, Health Care For All executive director John McDonough catches up to the conversation on Let's Talk Health Care, a blog written by Harvard Pilgrim Health Care chief Charlie Baker. The subject is hospital rate hikes and the role Partners HealthCare plays in the process.

McDonough sums up Paul Levy's point of view on the hospital marketplace as "Partners vs. everyone else," referring to the Beth Israel Deaconess CEO's blog, Running A Hospital, Then McDonough offers this observation on blogs:

"If anyone doubts the compelling relevance of the blogosphere to substantive health policy discussion, this conversation makes the case," he writes. "I canít recall a more substantive and real dialogue about the MA health market anywhere, anytime. Just wish our friends at Partners would get over their shyness and join the conversation."

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney at 10:57 AM
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