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Editorial: Rower's commitment aids John P. Musante Health Center in Amherst

Daily Hampshire Gazette editorial (features new site of Hilltown Community Health Center), April 28, 2017
Honoring a friend while testing his own endurance motivates Jim Brassord to row 1,400 miles along the eastern seaboard to support the new John P. Musante Health Center in Amherst. Read more »

This UMass Boston program faces uncertain future

Boston Globe, April 28, 2017
The nursing school at the University of Massachusetts Boston, one of the campus’s most successful programs, faces an uncertain future because of a logistical snafu caused by the myriad construction projects underway at the same time. Read more »

Peabody physician Dr. Alain A. Chaoui is elected President-Elect of the Massachusetts Medical Society

Peabody Patch, April 27, 2017
Waltham, Mass. - Peabody physician Alain A. Chaoui, M.D. has been elected President-Elect of the Massachusetts Medical Society, the statewide professional organization for more than 25,000 physicians and medical students in the Commonwealth. Elected at the organization's annual meeting April 27 in Boston, he will serve a one-year term as one of the top three officers of the Society. Read more »

Get into groove, you've got to move (Lynn CHC featured)

Boston Globe, April 26, 2017
"Every Saturday, I forget everything," Marco Belluardo-Crosby says. "That's the beauty of it. When people come, they don't worry. If you don’t know the steps, if you don’t know the people, you come and you completely forget what’s going on in your life at the moment." Read more »

'Trauma Teams' to help Boston residents in higher crime areas cope in wake of violence

WBUR CommonHealth, April 25, 2017
The city of Boston will deploy "trauma response and recovery teams" to several neighborhoods in the aftermath of violent incidents, as part of a new program announced Tuesday. Read more »

City launches 4 trauma teams to help people in crisis

Boston Globe, April 22, 2017
Shondell Davis's son would be 26 now, but for the gunfire that took his life eight years ago in Roxbury. The pain of his loss has never left her. Read more »

Community Health Center joins substance abuse initiative

The Mashpee Enterprise, April 21, 2017
Community Health Center of Cape Cod will participate, along with nine other community health centers across the state, in a new program to prevent and treat substance use disorders in the communities it serves, according to a statement from the health center Wednesday, April 19. Read more »

Rep. Hogan recognized as health 'champion'

Wicked Local, April 21, 2017
The Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers presented Rep. Kate Hogan, D-Stow, with the Community Health Center Champion Award during a recent event at the Statehouse. Read more »

Community Health Centers and the ACA future (League CEO Jim Hunt featured)

NECN, April 21, 2017
Jim Hunt, CEO of the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers, on the potential repeal of Obamacare. He shares some eye-opening figures on the number of people who get their health care at community health centers in the area. Read more »

From rock bottom to top of his field, leading at Brockton health center

Brockton Enterprise, April 21, 2017
BROCKTON - He was resigned to a "get well job" making copies at a Xerox store, after his doctor's license was suspended, when the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine got wind of his problems related to alcohol and drug abuse. Read more »

For the first time, a charter school teacher wins National Teacher of the Year (Codman Academy Charter School teacher featured)

Washington Post, April 20, 2017
Sydney Chaffee, a ninth-grade humanities teacher from Boston, has been named National Teacher of the Year, making her the first teacher from Massachusetts - and the first working in a charter school - to win the honor. Read more »

Health center may be news for Malden, April 19, 2017
MALDEN - A community health center could be coming to a historic location just outside of Malden Square, providing services to nearly 4,000 locals who currently have to go to Boston for care. Read more »

Trump Administration awards grants to states to combat opioid crisis (MA to get $11.7 million)

HHS News, April 19, 2017
Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, M.D. today announced that HHS will soon provide $485 million in grants to help states and territories combat opioid addiction. The funding, which is the first of two rounds provided for in the 21st Century Cures Act, will be provided through the State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis Grants administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Read more »

Keep primary care close to home for all Americans (addresses funding cliff for the THCGME, NHSC and health center programs)

The Hill opinion editorial, April 19, 2017
Regardless of where we live, all Americans deserve to have access to a primary care physician as such access has been demonstrated to be essential to improving care while controlling cost. And while the government has taken steps in recent years to help ensure access to care even in underserved communities, action is needed to ensure we can fulfill the demand for primary care physicians for years to come. Read more »

Mass. hospital network plans to acquire R.I.-based Care New England

Gloucester Times, April 19, 2017
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Care New England, Rhode Island’s second-largest hospital system, has signed a letter of intent to be acquired by Partners HealthCare, of Massachusetts, while at the same time exploring the sale of Memorial Hospital to California-based Prime Healthcare. Read more »

GE helps fuel two startups to combat drug overdoses

Boston Business Journal, April 19, 2017
General Electric Co. has decided to fund two teams out of its opioid hackathon last fall, including one that didn't win the contest but which the company is calling "a special case." In total, the Boston-based company's nonprofit foundation is putting a more than $20,000 behind the two startups in hopes to curbing an epidemic which claimed almost 2,000 lives statewide last year. Read more »

‘Fentanyl is coming’ for your community, warns Massachusetts Senator

H&HN Daily, April 19, 2017
ATLANTA - A powerful monster may be coming to rip through your hospital's community and you must be ready for it. That beast has already visited Massachusetts and countless other states and the havoc it's wreaking likely will grow worse, Sen. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) said during the opening keynote Tuesday here at the National Prescription Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit. Read more »

Chief Operations Officer, Caring Health Center; Age 31 (features Jacqueline Johnson of Caring Health Center)

Business West, April 17, 2017
Jacqueline Johnson has more than 15 years of professional experience working as a grass-roots community organizer and leader of diverse teams. But it’s her life experience that has shaped her success. Read more »

As new medical center thrived, Salem, Lynn hospitals paid the price

Gloucester Times, April 17, 2017
SALEM - On a warm fall day in September 2007, more than 200 people gathered under a white tent for the ground-breaking of a $144 million outpatient center in Danvers. The new building marked a unique collaboration between North Shore Medical Center and Massachusetts General, the world-renowned teaching hospital in Boston. According to the head of parent company Partners HealthCare, the facility was at the forefront of a changing medical landscape that emphasized outpatient care over hospital stays. Read more »

One Charlestown and the future of public housing

Boston Globe, April 14, 2017
The unique sound of spring in the Charlestown public housing development is a chorus of chirping birds and smoke detectors chirping for new batteries. Residents there also complain of poor ventilation and long stretches without hot water. The Boston Housing Authority has only $6 million a year to put toward a growing $750 million maintenance backlog across its entire stock of 12,623 public housing units. As a result, the 77-year-old Charlestown complex of 1,100 units needs major renovations that the authority simply cannot afford. Read more »

'Food deserts' sprout groceries that nourish people – and communities

The Christian Science Monitor, April 11, 2017
Brockton, Mass. - Strolling down the well-lighted aisles of Vicente's Tropical Grocery, the store's promise - "where you feel at home" - doesn't seem out of place. There are the staples of suburban shopping: Kool-Aid Jammers, Wesson oil. It’s only along the outer walls that, to the typical American shopper, things might look a bit odd. Read more »

Bending the Medicaid cost curve

Commonwealth Magazine, April 10, 2017
In a wildly uncertain national health care environment, something new, audacious, and risky is happening in MassHealth, the Medicaid program that provides health coverage to 1.9 million people who are poor, elderly, and persons with disabilities in Massachusetts. Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration is betting that an emerging health care delivery and payment model, called "accountable care organizations," can restrain rising costs by keeping enrollees healthy and out of expensive settings, especially hospitals. Read more »

Psychiatric hospital planned for Worcester

Worcester Telegram, April 10, 2017
WORCESTER - UMass Memorial Health Care Inc. and a New York City-based company plan to open a new 120-bed, for-profit psychiatric hospital in Central Massachusetts. Read more »

Massachusetts hospitals still struggling with price transparency, survey shows

Healthcare Finance News, April 10, 2017
A survey from the Pioneer Institute shows Massachusetts hospitals are still falling short in meeting their obligation to provide price estimates to consumers within two days of a request being made. The new survey, which was released Monday, is a follow-up to one published 18 months ago which showed little price transparency with the Commonwealth's hospitals. Read more »

STD surge in Massachusetts worries health officials

The Salem News, April 10, 2017
BOSTON - Massachusetts health officials are alarmed by a steady rise in sexually transmitted diseases, with cases reaching record levels in recent years. Read more »

Deportation push, climate of fear driving some Massachusetts immigrants into hiding

Effingham Daily News, April 10, 2017
LAWRENCE, Mass. - Until recently, immigrants with no criminal record living in Lawrence, Massachusetts never worried much about their legal status, local immigration advocates say. Now, however, fear in the city is pervasive as many undocumented immigrants are retreating into the shadows and preparing for the worst. Read more »

Report: Despite progress on emissions, unhealthy air days still common in Massachusetts

Wicked Local-Waltham, April 9, 2017
Despite significant progress in curbing greenhouse gas emissions over the past decade, smog and soot pollution continues to create health concerns in Massachusetts, according to a new environmental survey Read more »

Lowell providers say reforms will help MassHealth patients, control costs

Lowell Sun, April 9, 2017
LOWELL -- The city's health-care providers are preparing to embark on a "once in a lifetime" experiment to transform the way they care for MassHealth recipients. Read more »

Climate of fear: Deportation push is driving some immigrants into hiding

Eagle Tribune, April 9, 2017
LAWRENCE - Dr. Zandra Kelley, the medical director of the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, recalls the response a patient said she received when she told a house guest that a police officer would be visiting to help resolve an issue. The house guest, an undocumented immigrant, fled upstairs. Read more »

Editorial: Dental care should be extended to underserved

Daily Hampshire Gazette, April 9, 2017
Too many Massachusetts residents lack proper dental care, and a disproportionate number of those missing out on that care are poor, disabled or living in rural areas. Read more »

Mass General's secret to population health: workflow, workflow, workflow

Healthcare IT News, April 6, 2017
A better understanding of how information technology can optimize workflow results in improved use of data analytics and decision support, and leads to better patient outcomes, according to Adrian Zai, MD, clinical director of population informatics at Massachusetts General Hospital. Read more »

Doctor: Boston evictions tantamount to a public health crisis

WBUR CommonHealth Commentary by EBNHC Physician Lara Jirmanus, MD, MPH, April 5, 2017
At 11 p.m. on a chilly night last November, a mother walked into our East Boston emergency department with her 2-year-old and 6-year-old. She had come home from work to find her front door taped over with "CAUTION" tape and a generic sign warning that her family had been evicted. Read more »

Meet the Boston doctor making house calls to the homeless (features Dr. Jim O'Connell)

CBS Evening News, April 4, 2017
BOSTON - It's Friday morning in Boston, which means Dr. Jim O'Connell is making his rounds. He might be a little more comfortable inside a warm exam room, but that’s not where his patients are. O’Connell is Boston’s only doctor left still making house calls to the homeless. Read more »

Neighborhood Health to shrink MassHealth business

Boston Globe, April 4, 2017
Three decades ago, Boston's community health centers banded together to launch Neighborhood Health Plan, a new insurer for the city's poor and working-class residents. It grew to become the largest plan in the state for low-income adults and children covered by Medicaid. Read more »

Community Health Center hires 2 providers

Cape Cod Times, April 4, 2017
Community Health Center of Cape Cod has hired two new providers, according to a statement from the nonprofit health center. Read more »