Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Liz Kowalczyk Globe Staff May 24, 2018 A whistleblower lawsuit filed against Steward Health Care exposes a part of medicine largely hidden from patients: the behind-the-scenes pressure health care companies put on doctors to keep patient referrals in-house.Dr. Stephen Zappala, a longtime Massachusetts urologist, said company representatives exerted immense personal and financial pressure on him and other physicians to refer patients only to Steward hospitals and specialists, putting profits first.Sometimes Steward representatives would call his patients and pressure them directly, Zappala says in the 35-page lawsuit, incorrectly telling them that they had to have their operations at a Steward facility even if he recommended another hospital. Other times, they would cancel appointments Zappala’s office had made for patients at competing hospitals such as Lahey … [Read more...] about Steward Health Care exerted undue pressure to restrict referrals outside chain, suit says
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Yesterday, Archos CEO Loic Poirier gave us an entertaining, but unfortunate example of how imprecise information can deceive smartphone owners. You, too, might be boasting left and right that your phone is "dust-resistant" and "water-proof". But, are you aware of how much protection your phone really has? If you are, good for you. Otherwise, you are in danger of being misled by the liberal use that both smartphone ads and journalists make of such classifications.Marketing 101See, what ads usually do is simply state that the phone is dust and water-resistant or -proof. They also specify which IP-rating the device complies to - often in small print, and in a place you won't be necessarily looking at. We presume this information is included out of courtesy to legal obligations, otherwise smartphone ads practically assume that consumers can instantly decode what "IP57" stands for. Of course, user manuals usually specify the exact usage scenarios and conditions you should avoid if you want … [Read more...] about Water-proof or water-resistant? Can your new Galaxy S5 or Xperia Z2 truly swim, or is secretly afraid of the water?
Crews that build and maintain cell phone towers are 10 times more likely to have deaths on the job than your average construction work crew, a PBS Frontline investigation shows. These is the same show that broadcast the working conditions at Foxconn for the first time, and it seems that they have made shining a spotlight on bad practices in the cell phone industry a priority now. Carriers are insulated from liability claims with a few layers of subcontracting for tower buildout and maintenance, but between 2003 and 2011, nearly 100 people have died in work around communication towers, 50 of whom perished climbing cell towers, mostly because safety rules and equipment regulations were routinely ignored in the rush to keep deadlines. Death rates accelerated during in the rush to accommodate the data consumption surge that AT&T was unprepared for when it got iPhone exclusivity, with fifteen climbers dying working on the carrier's towers since 2003, with 11 cases fitting … [Read more...] about Aggressive network expansions put cell phone tower maintenance in the top dangerous jobs
Never mind what the regulators have been hinting, I really cannot imagine that T-Mobile customers are all that excited about a possible merger with Sprint either.On one side, you have a glistening beacon of competition which, as the smallest of the "big four," has managed to transform the wireless industry in the United States in less than a year. On the other side, you have a hemorrhaging patient being stitched together with a hodge-podge of different networks.When it comes to making money, I’m on the side of “more.” For Deutsche Telekom, the company would be serving its shareholders pretty well if it manages to get $40 billion-ish for its stake in T-Mobile USA. If Masayoshi Son wants to spend SoftBank’s money on such a venture, have at it. In the world of mergers and acquisitions, and big business, I really do not have much of a problem with such deals.Competition among three giantsAs someone who digs competition however, I am not thrilled with the idea. … [Read more...] about Sprint and T-Mobile, an even worse idea than the FCC auction rules
Leasha Ali had been drunk for the last two days, but she didn’t want to be anymore. The 39-year-old math teacher and mother of two was in a spiral familiar to anyone who’s struggled with addiction. A difficult event — a hospitalization, thanks to lingering symptoms from a birth defect — had stressed her to the breaking point, and then she’d gotten home and found herself alone in her house, depressed and unable to sleep. After a few days without drinking, she gave in, and spent the next 48 hours on a bender. On the second night, January 8th of this year, she got an email from the hospital. Her liver enzymes had been dangerously high — even before the days of abuse. The birth defect that put her in the hospital had already left her with several damaged organs. Afraid of hurting another, she searched the test results in Google. Right there at the top was an ad for rehab. “I thought to myself, ‘Oh my God, even Google knows I need … [Read more...] about How disreputable rehabs game Google to profit off patients