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New health center to open in Greenfield

Greenfield Recorder, May 30, 2017
GREENFIELD - In a nearly $6 million project, a new integrated health services center at 102 Main St. is set to open its doors for dental patients in November with medical and behavioral services expected to open in early 2018. Read more »

The addict brokers: Middlemen profit as desperate patients are 'treated like paychecks'

STAT, May 28, 2017
Days after he relapsed on heroin last summer, Patrick Graney received an offer that was too good to turn down. How would he like to get treatment in a beach town with a hipster vibe in South Florida — with all expenses paid, including airfare from his Massachusetts home? Graney didn’t have to think long. He was on a flight south the next day. Two months later he was dead. Read more »

Zahka: Patients in Massachusetts deserve easy access to eye care

Metro West Daily News, May 27, 2017
In 49 states, patients who require eye care will receive excellent treatment and a full range of services from their hometown optometrist. Standing alone is Massachusetts, where outdated laws forbid fully trained and educated optometrists from directly treating their patients diagnosed with glaucoma or from prescribing oral medications to treat eye infections. Read more »

Panel discussion in Worthington sheds light on health care issues (features Eliza Lake, CEO, Hilltown Health Center)

Daily Hampshire Gazette, May 25, 2017
WORTHINGTON — Health care experts and politicians gathered for a public forum here Wednesday night signaled dire warnings about the future, while also urging people to speak out to protect a health care system that is working well."Community health centers are facing a cliff," said Eliza Lake, CEO of the Hilltown Community Health Care Centers in Worthington. Read more »

GOP health plan would leave 23 million more uninsured, budget office says

NPR, May 25, 2017
The revised Republican bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act will leave 23 million more people uninsured in 2026 than if that act, also known as Obamacare, were to remain in place. The GOP bill would also reduce the deficit by $119 billion over 10 years. Read more »

HIV programs, mental health; 8 ways Trump's new budget might affect public health

STAT, May 24, 2017
When Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates sat down with President Trump and his aides a couple of months ago, he tried to convince the new president that public health funding was not something that could be sacrificed. Read more »

GOP Health Bill Would Hike Uninsured Rate In Massachusetts To 10.3 Percent, Report Finds

WBUR's CommonHealth, May 23, 2017
The first detailed analysis of what the American Health Care Act would look like in Massachusetts is out. Read more »

Study says GOP plan would be blow to Mass.

Boston Globe, May 23, 2017
Massachusetts, the state with the highest rate of residents with health insurance, could see its uninsured rate jump above 10 percent if the sweeping health care bill approved by the US House becomes law, according to a new analysis. Read more »

Health Center Nurse Practitioner Honored (features Lynn CHC), May 15, 2017
Swampscott resident and Lynn Community Health Center Nurse Practitioner Elena Freydin, DNP, has received the Exceptional Preceptor Award from the Massachusetts Coalition of Nurse Practitioners. Read more »

Could the opioid epidemic be easing?

Boston Globe, May 11, 2017
Fewer people may be dying from opioid overdoses in Massachusetts, according to new data that offer the first hint of progress against the addiction epidemic gripping the state. Read more »

DEA agent: 'Insidious disease' of addiction and cheap costs of heroin, fentanyl fuel overdose deaths in Mass.

WBUR, May 11, 2017
New figures from state health officials show about six Massachusetts residents now die every day of an opioid-related overdose. And the vast majority of those deaths are linked to the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl that is frequently added to heroin. Read more »

Charlie Baker tapped by Trump for opioid crisis commission

Boston Globe, May 10, 2017
BOSTON (AP) - Republican Gov. Charlie Baker is being tapped by President Donald Trump to sit on a commission aimed at fighting drug addiction and the opioid crisis. Read more »

Opioid overdose deaths In Mass. reach grim milestone: More than 2,000 died in 2016

WBUR, May 10, 2017
The latest overdose numbers, released by the Department of Public Health Wednesday, anticipate a grim milestone for Massachusetts. The state is projecting that the number of deaths caused by opioid overdoses topped 2,000 in 2016 for the first time. Read more »

Trumpcare meets with backlash in Massachusetts; Baker says could cost state $1B

Wicked Local Cambridge, May 10, 2017
Republican Gov. Charlie Baker expressed disappointment with the 217-213 vote May 4 in the U.S. House of Representatives to pass legislation repealing the Affordable Care Act and replacing it with the Republican-sponsored American Health Care Act. Read more »

General Electric breaks ground on new Boston headquarters

Fox 25 Boston, May 8, 2017
BOSTON (AP) - General Electric broke ground in Bostonon its new headquarters Monday morning. The $200 million, 390,000-square-foot building is being constructed in the Fort Point section of Boston. Read more »

11 Community Health Centers share $500,000 in grants

US News & World Report, May 7, 2017
BOSTON (AP) - The Massachusetts economic development agency has provided nearly $500,000 in grants to 11 community health centers throughout the state. Read more »

After House thinly approves GOP health care bill, Mass. health leaders express grave concerns (includes interview with Jim Hunt)

WBUR, May 5, 2017
Statements from Massachusetts health care leaders denouncing the House GOP's health care bill began pouring in minutes after it narrowly passed, 217-213. Read more »

As I See It: Only Massachusetts limits optometrist treatments

Worcester Telegram, May 5, 2017
I've been taking care of people's eyes and eyesight in the Worcester area for 17 years, and in each of those years I've often wondered, "Why does Massachusetts trail the other 49 states in our standard of eye care?" Read more »

Lowell Health Center among those receiving state grants

Lowell Sun, May 4, 2017
BOSTON -- Nearly $500,000 in grant money was awarded to 11 community health centers Thursday for projects including telehealth services in dermatology and optometry, installation of video conference equipment and the purchase of a panoramic dental X-ray machine. Read more »

For Health and Freedom

Jacobin, May 3, 2017
When we tell the story of the American civil rights era, we often leave out a crucial element: the movement for social medicine and community health. Funded by Lyndon B. Johnson's War on Poverty and influenced by innovations in social medicine in South Africa, this new health care movement recognized that good health played an integral role in social equality. Read more »

Report: Rural Western Massachusetts is older, poorer and less educated than rural eastern Mass., May 1, 2017
Rural towns in Western Massachusetts tend to be older, poorer and less educated than their rural counterparts in the east. They also have populations that are more likely to be shrinking than growing. Read more »

Lawmakers settle on hard-fought $1 trillion spending bill

Boston Globe, May 1, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) - Congressional Republicans and Democrats have reached agreement on a huge $1 trillion-plus spending bill that would fund most government operations through September but denies President Donald Trump money for a border wall and rejects his proposed cuts to popular domestic programs. Read more »

A hepatitis C treatment program based in a safety-net hospital patient-centered medical home

Annals of Family Medicine, May 1, 2017
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is a major public health problem. Urban safety-net hospitals are a prime location for HCV treatment delivery. Showing that physicians in primary care settings can deliver HCV infection care is important to expand treatment; models doing so in the era of newer oral HCV medications are needed. This article describes an innovative and successful HCV primary care treatment program in a patient-centered medical home based at an urban, safety-net hospital. Read more »

New HRSA Administrator starts

NACHC, May 1, 2017
Today George Sigounas, MS, PhD was announced as the new HRSA Administrator, effective immediately. Dr. Sigounas comes from East Carolina University, where he is a professor of Internal Medicine. Read more »