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Salem Family Health Center designated as PCMH PRIME Certified

Wicked Local Salem, January 31, 2018
The Health Policy Commission recently announced that Salem Family Health Center has met the requirements to be designated as PCMH PRIME Certified. Read more »

Alex Azar sworn in as secretary of Health and Human Services

ABC News, January 29, 2018
Alex Azar (AY'-zahr) has been sworn in as President Donald Trump's second health secretary. The former drug company executive and official in George W. Bush's administration succeeds former Republican Georgia congressman Tom Price, who resigned last fall following an outcry over his use of costly private charter aircraft for official travel. Read more »

Community health center opens in Fitchburg

Worcester Telegram & Gazette, January 25, 2018
FITCHBURG - Community Health Connections opened its new $1 million ACTION Community Health Center at 130 Water St. a few weeks ago, centrally located on purpose to serve people in need. Read more »

Massachusetts Medical Society warns health centers face closure

Masslive.com, January 25, 2018
The Massachusetts Medical Society's president warned that community health centers nationwide are being "held hostage" by Congress's lack of progress in funding them and many face possible of closure. Read more »

Health centers serving region's poor brace for cuts as federal shutdown looms

Worcester Telegram & Gazette, January 18, 2018
Cutbacks in coverage for low-income children aren’t the only threat to the health care safety net tied up in the government funding standoff. Community health centers, which provide primary care, preventive services, dental and eye care, substance abuse and behavioral health services to nearly 900,000 state residents, including 55,000 in the Worcester area, are facing a 70 percent cut in federal subsidies. Read more »

Flu season is off to a bad start, bringing fears of what's next

Boston Globe, January 10, 2018
Feeling achy and feverish? Your misery has plenty of company. By the end of December, the tally of flu-like illnesses in the state exceeded the peaks in the two previous seasons, when the biggest number of cases occurred in February and March. Read more »

Judge temporarily blocks end of DACA program

Boston Globe, January 10, 2018
SAN FRANCISCO — A federal judge on Tuesday night temporarily blocked the Trump administration's decision to end a program protecting young immigrants from deportation. Read more »

Trump offers compromise, then confusion, on Dreamers

Boston Globe, January 10, 2018
WASHINGTON — President Trump and congressional leaders agreed Tuesday to pursue comprehensive changes to immigration policy if negotiators can also strike a deal to establish legal protections for some undocumented immigrants while bolstering border security. Read more »

Kraft-funded van will bring addiction services to city streets

Boston Globe, January 10, 2018
Another prominent Boston-area business leader is stepping up to address the state's opioid crisis. The Kraft Center for Community Health at Massachusetts General Hospital — funded by New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and his family’s charitable foundation — on Tuesday rolled out a specially equipped mobile van, dubbed CareZone, to bring health services to Boston residents who are struggling with addiction. The van will rotate between two locations in the city, one in the Dudley Square area and the other close to North Station. Read more »

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren pushes for community health center funding stalled in Congress

MassLive (features Dr. Myechia Minter-Jordan, Dimock CEO and League staffer Michael Curry), January 9, 2018
BOSTON - After touring a Roxbury community health center, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, called on Congress to provide long-term funding to community health centers and a children's health insurance program. Read more »

Suicide emerges in understanding the opioid epidemic

WBUR CommonHealth Blog (features Dr. Kiame Mahaniah, CEO Lynn CHC), January 9, 2018
Mady Ohlman is 22 on the evening when she stands in a friend’s bathroom looking down at the sink. "I had set up a bunch of needles, filled with heroin, ‘cause I wanted to just do them back to back to back," Ohlman says. She doesn’t remember how many she injects before collapsing or how long she lies, drugged out, on the floor. Read more »

UMass researcher helps predict the timing and the peak of the flu

Boston Globe, January 2, 2018
To advance the science of forecasting infectious diseases, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been hosting a competition in which researchers use social media, as well as data from CDC's routine flu surveillance systems, to predict the timing, peak, and intensity of the flu season. Read more »

Commonwealth Care Alliance's One Care patients like coordinated approach to coverage

masslive.com, January 2, 2018
SPRINGFIELD - Commonwealth Care Alliance said its One Care plan again received the highest overall health plan rating in a 2016 as well as 2017 patient experience Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug Plan survey from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Read more »

Can home health visits help keep people out of the ER?

WBUR, January 2, 2018
Telemedicine isn't just for rural areas without a lot of doctors anymore. In the last few years, urban areas all over the country have been exploring how they can connect to patients virtually to improve access to primary care and keep people from calling 911 for non-urgent problems. Read more »

For homeless people, the cold is life-threatening

Boston Globe, January 1, 2018
New Year's Day brought the fifth consecutive day of temperatures below 20 degrees to Boston and fears from officials and homeless people that the sustained frigid weather was taxing the city's resources and imperiling the lives of people on the streets. Read more »