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Tornado rips through Cape Cod

Cape Cod Times, July 23, 2019
A severe storm with heavy winds swept through the Cape around noon on Tuesday, and while it lasted less than an hour, it left several communities without power and facing a lengthy cleanup that likely will take several days in the heart of summer. Read more »

NIH establishes network to improve opioid addiction treatment in criminal justice settings

NIH, July 17, 2019
The National Institutes of Health will award 12 grants to form the Justice Community Opioid Innovation Network (JCOIN) to support research on quality addiction treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD) in criminal justice settings nationwide. The awards, totaling an estimated $155 million from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, part of NIH, will support the multi-year innovation network, including 10 research institutions and two centers that will provide supportive infrastructure. Read more »

Somerville Hospital is replacing its emergency room with an urgent care clinic

Boston Globe, July 17, 2019
Somerville Hospital's emergency department is closing. An urgent care clinic will replace it. Cambridge Health Alliance's board of trustees voted Tuesday to approve a plan that includes converting the Somerville Emergency Department to an urgent care facility. The clinic is expected to open in spring 2020. Read more »

Steward Health Care acquires naming rights for Massachusetts sports center featuring sports medicine

Becker's Spine Review, July 17, 2019
Dallas-based Steward Health Care acquired the naming rights for the Wellesley (Mass.) Sports Center, which will provide sports medicine and wellness services, reports The Boston Globe. Read more »

Survey: Many doctors untrained, unwilling to treat opioid addiction

Boston Business Journal, July 16, 2019
The biggest barrier to accessing treatment for a substance use disorder is finding a doctor trained and willing to treat it. Read more »

Massachusetts Department of Public Health demands Baystate Health provide more detail on plans to close ICUs, pediatric unit in Westfield, Palmer

masslive.com, July 16, 2019
The intensive care units at Baystate Noble Hospital in Westfield and Baystate Wing Hospital in Palmer, along with a pediatric unit at Noble, are essential services "necessary for preserving access and health," the Massachusetts Department of Public Health has ruled. Read more »

'More training is needed' for doctors to treat opioid addiction, survey finds

WBUR, July 16, 2019
Only 1 in 4 Massachusetts health care providers received training on addiction during their medical education, according to a new survey, and less than 50% of emergency and internal medicine providers believe opioid use disorder (OUD) is treatable. Read more »

Whittier Street Health Center among 100 organizations selected for AG grant to partly fund summer jobs for youth

PR Newswire, July 16, 2019
ROXBURY, Mass. - Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey recently announced her office will award Whittier Street Health Center part of the state's healthcare settlement money in a grant to support the summer hiring of youth. Whittier is one of 100 organizations across the Bay State who were selected for the grant. Read more »

Despite growth, uptake of downside risk in ACO contracts remains low

American Journal of Managed Care, July 9, 2019
In 2018, 33% of accountable care organizations (ACOs) assumed downside risk, up from 28% in 2012. While the number of accountable care organization (ACO) contracts with downside risk is growing, the majority of ACOs remain in upside-only risk contracts, according to a new study. In 2012, 28% of accountable care organizations (ACOs) had a contract with downside risk. That rate increased modestly to 33% in 2018. Read more »

Health-care stocks fall ahead of court arguments over constitutionality of Obamacare

CNBC, July 9, 2019
Health-care stocks fell Tuesday ahead of a legal showdown between the Trump administration, a group of Republican-led states and more than a dozen Democratic state attorneys generals over the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act before the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. Read more »

Congress has ambitious agenda tackling health care costs

ABC News, July 7, 2019
Lawmakers are trying to set aside their irreconcilable differences over the Obama-era Affordable Care Act and work to reach bipartisan agreement on a more immediate health care issue, lowering costs for people who already have coverage. Read more »

Mass. health organizations provided $801M in public benefits in 2018

Worcester Business Journal, July 3, 2019
Massachusetts hospitals and health plans contribute hundreds of millions of dollars worth of benefits to residents, and Attorney General Maura Healey’s Office is helping those entities get the word out about the good they do. Read more »

Study: Mass rents 3rd most expensive in U.S.

Bay State Banner, July 3, 2019
A full-time worker needs to earn nearly three times the state minimum wage to afford a modest, two-bedroom apartment at fair market rate in Massachusetts, according to a report released recently by the National Low Income Housing Coalition. Read more »