Partners to hold onto Neighborhood Health Plan

Boston Globe, April 17, 2015
Partners HealthCare, which a few months ago considered selling Neighborhood Health Plan because of record-high losses, said it will hold onto the insurer because its financial condition has improved. Neighborhood Health, which manages care for low-income families who qualify for Medicaid, the government program for the poor, lost more than $100 million in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30 as it struggled with an influx of sick patients, high use of an expensive hepatitis C drug, and low reimbursement rates from the state. The situation has since improved with higher reimbursement rates, fewer patients needing the hepatitis C drug, and fewer patients requiring expensive medical care. Read more »

Massachusetts primary care physician earns national leadership award

India West, April 16, 2015
Brockton, Mass. — Dr. Nabila Azam, an Indian American primary care physician at the Brockton Neighborhood Health Center, has been named one of the nation's top young leaders in community health. Read more »

Lowell Community Health exec recognized as leader

Boston Globe North, April 15, 2015
Henry Och, Lowell Community Health Center's chief operating officer, has been hailed as one of the next generation of leaders in the community health movement. At a recent annual meeting of the National Association of Community Health Centers in Washington, D.C., Och, 37, of Methuen, was awarded the 2015 Emerging Leader Award. Read more »

Senate approves changes to how Medicare pays doctors

Boston Globe, April 15, 2015
WASHINGTON — Lawmakers, in one of the most significant bipartisan moves since Republicans seized the Senate, approved a House deal late Tuesday evening to scrap a broken Medicare payment system and spare doctors and patients the threat of loathsome annual cuts. Read more »

Kind World #17: The Goodness Deep Within (features Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program)

WBUR, April 9, 2015
Max Evans lived on the streets of Boston near the New England Aquarium, making his bed between two jersey barriers each night. He was known for being gruff, feisty, and unkempt, but these traits belied an inner graciousness and sincerity that touched many of those around him. Read more »

Study: Mass. health centers save state more than $1B annually

Providence Business News, April 9, 2015
BOSTON – The Commonwealth's 49 health centers generate an annual savings of more than $1 billion for Massachusetts because they help reduce emergency room visits and hospital stays, according to the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers' economic impact analysis. Read more »

Walsh unveils first budget plan, emphasizing schools, police, fire

Boston Globe, April 6, 2015
In his administration's first fiscal plan, Mayor Martin J. Walsh proposed Monday a $2.86 billion operating budget that would increase spending for public school students, revive the police cadet program, and allow for the hiring of a diversity recruiter for the Fire Department. Read more »

DEALING WITH DRUGS: Narcan a temporary lifesaver

Wicked Local Cohasset, April 2, 2015
What is Narcan? Narcan is the brand name for naloxone which serves as a temporary antidote for an opiate overdose, said Marshfield Police Sgt. Brian Tingley. There's a nasal spray and an intravenous way to administer it. "Narcan is a stopgap. It's a way to temporarily stop the effects of the overdose and get a person enough time to get to a hospital to receive the treatment they need," Tingley said. Read more »

Gov. Baker adds voice to hundreds at opioid hearing

WBUR's CommomHealth, April 2, 2015
BOSTON - Hundreds turned out for the final public hearing before Gov. Charlie Baker's opioid abuse task force to share their stories of addiction and recovery as the administration plots a course forward to combat what Baker has called a “crisis” in Massachusetts. Baker joined Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders and Attorney General Maura Healey, both leaders of the task force, for the fourth and final public listening session on Thursday as the task force prepares to issues recommendations to the governor in May. Read more »