Story in the Boston Globe today. I reprint it in its entirety. [Oops. No I don't. Thanks to Dan Kennedy for pointing out the copyright infringement. So, I have modified this posting to include excerpts. Many apologies to the Globe.]
Blog tests hospital leaders' patience
Beth-Israel CEO jabs competitors
By Liz Kowalczyk, Globe Staff February 23, 2007
There are some things that Boston hospital executives generally believe are best kept quiet. Gripes about competitors are one. The rates of hospital-acquired infections among patients are another, at least at this point.
Then came Paul Levy's blog.
He challenged other hospitals to publicize their infection rates.... The Globe asked several other Boston teaching hospitals if they would release their monthly central line infection rates, which they have collected internally for years. They all said no, at least for now, but added they expect to in the near future.
In his blog, Levy also has needled Partners HealthCare, the parent organization of Mass. General and Brigham and Women's, about their formidable market share of patients, saying they get paid more from insurers because of their size.
Partners executives declined to comment. "What's a blog?" said chief operating officer Thomas Glynn when asked about Levy's blog.
Spokeswoman Petra Langer said that overall, people at Partners are not a blogging group. "They're too busy," she wrote in an e-mail.