The state's new report on hospital errors and mishaps is big news today -- especially in communities with hospitals that racked up big numbers. Standard response: Our hospital has higher error numbers because we've taken such great strides in improving our reporting of errors, not because we make more errors. Elsewhere:
--Three years ago, I wrote a lengthy piece warning that physician and researcher entanglements with drug and medical device companies was putting the reputations of Boston-area medical establishments at risk. Today, the Globe reports that Partners HealthCare is finally banning many of those practices, including the "ghostwriting" that I detailed in my article. However, while they crack down on their faculty, it does not appear that Partners is restricting entanglements that bring money to the institution.
--The Lowell Sun checks in on Treasurer Tim Cahill's appearance at UMass-Lowell, and he sure comes across as a guy ready to run for governor as an independent. Good clue that he's not courting the Democratic base: Cahill cites Joe Lieberman as a model.
--More budgetary effects: Norton closing a fire station, laying off five firefighters, reports the Attleboro Sun Chronicle.
--Wentworth has big building plans, says the Boston Business Journal.
--Organizers planning to bring The Moving Wall Memorial -- a half-sized version of the DC-mall Vietnam Veterans Memorial -- to Boston's Millennium Park this September could use additional donations. The West Roxbury/Roslindale Bulletin has details.