Newsroom - August 2017

Most Mass. hospitals turned profit in 2016

Boston Gobe, August 31, 2017
Most of the state's hospitals remained profitable last year, according to an analysis released Thursday by the state’s health care data agency. Even in the face of continued pressure to control costs, the majority of them - and their parent companies - reported higher revenues than expenses in 2016 - though the margins were slimmer than in 2015. Read more »

Lynn Community Health Center has a new CEO, August 31, 2017
LYNN -- A doctor with a long career in community health center leadership is the Lynn Community Health Center's (LCHC) new chief executive officer. Read more »

BOND celebrates the grand opening of Lynn Community Health Center expansion

Boston Real Estate Times, August 30, 2017
BOSTON - BOND, a building, civil, utility and energy construction firm, announced the completion of 20,000 SF of the newly renovated expansion space at Lynn Community Health Center (LCHC) located at 269 Union Street in Lynn. Read more »

Here's what's so great about community health centers

HHS Secretary Thomas E. Price, MD, August 18, 2017
This Friday marks the end of National Health Centers Week, in which HHS and all Americans officially celebrate the wonderful work that is done across our country year-round by community health centers. Read more »

Health Center talks PACE Program at JPNA meeting

Winthrop Transcript, August 17, 2017
East Boston Neighborhood Health Center (EBNHC) Director of Marketing Michelle Hagerty knows all too well about the struggles of caring for an aging parent. Read more »

UMass Memorial opts out of Medicaid ACO; Fallon Health, Reliant are in

Worcester Telegram, August 17, 2017
WORCESTER - State Medicaid officials announced Thursday that 17 health care organizations statewide have signed five-year agreements to participate in a major restructuring of the MassHealth program, shifting more members into networks of physicians, hospitals and other community-based providers working together as accountable care organizations, or ACOs. Read more »

HHS awards nearly $105 million to improve health center quality

HRSA Newsroom, August 15, 2017
Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that nearly $105 million has been awarded to 1,333 health centers in all U.S. states, territories and the District of Columbia as an investment in quality improvement, building upon their 2016 achievements. Health centers will use these funds to further improve the quality, efficiency, and effectiveness of the health care delivered to the communities they serve. This announcement comes during Health Center Week, the annual celebration of the high-quality, affordable, primary care health centers have been providing for more than 50 years. Read more »

'Health-y' breakfast: Greater New Bedford Community Health Center kicks off National Health Center Week

New Bedford Standard Times, August 15, 2017
NEW BEDFORD — To kick off National Health Center Week, the Greater New Bedford Community Health Center held a breakfast Monday featuring local legislators. While GNBCHC has almost 300 employees, it had just shy of 24,000 patients and about 90,000 visits last year, said new CEO Cheryl Bartlett. Read more »

Local organizations celebrating community health center week

Cape Cod Times (features health centers on the Cape and Islands), August 15, 2017
HARWICH PORT – Community Health Center Week is underway across the nation and Barnstable County. Community health centers have provided healthcare to residents on the Cape and Islands since the 1960 and there are currently five non-profit organizations providing services on the Cape and Martha’s Vineyard. Read more »

Dorchester's Daily Table: A grocery store on a mission

WGBH Radio's Under the Radar with Callie Crossley (mentions partnership with Codman Square Health Center), August 11, 2017
According to Project Bread, more than 266,000 households in Massachusetts are living with food insecurity – a lack of reliable access to a sufficient quantity of healthful, nutritious food. Daily Table, a unique grocery store in Dorchester, is trying to lower that number by offering healthful and fresh produce, proteins, prepared meals and pantry staples to its community at radically reduced prices. Read more »

CommonWealth Kitchen helps food businesses cook up success

WGBH Radio's Under the Radar with Callie Crossley (mentions partnership with DotHouse Health), August 11, 2017
Dorchester's CommonWealth Kitchen isn't just a shared-kitchen space that's home to 50 local culinary businesses, most of which are owned by women, people of color and low-income residents of Massachusetts. It's also a place where entrepreneurs can learn more about the behind-the-scenes of the food industry and a space where they can collaborate and contribute to each other's work. Read more »

Berkshire Pediatrics joins CHP

Berkshire Eagle, August 7, 2017
GREAT BARRINGTON — Berkshire Pediatrics Associates of Pittsfield has joined the Community Health Programs network, the latest private medical practice to merge with the federally qualified health center organization. The merger, which officially occurred Aug. 1, adds 12,000 new patients and 33 new employees to the CHP system. CHP will provide administrative resources and other efficiencies to the pediatric practice. Read more »

Healey praises ruling that could help preserve health care subsidies

Boston Globe, August 2, 2017
President Trump has long brandished a weapon that could undermine key aspects of the Affordable Care Act, even if Congress failed to repeal the law: A threat to withhold subsidies that cover out-of-pocket health care costs for low-income people. Read more »

Baker backs down on demand to rein in MassHealth costs

Boston Globe, August 2, 2017
Governor Charlie Baker, backing away from a showdown with Democratic lawmakers, said Tuesday that he will sign legislation that imposes $200 million in higher fees on businesses to fund health care for the poor, even though the measure omits his plans for reining in the state’s Medicaid program. Read more »

Elizabeth Warren says Senate should improve existing health care system

Boston Globe, August 1, 2017
Days after a dramatic showdown in Washington over health care ended in defeat for Republicans, Senator Elizabeth Warren returned to Massachusetts to take a victory lap. At a round table at the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center on Monday, Warren called her GOP colleagues’ failure to repeal the Affordable Care Act “a triumph for democracy” — and said it is time for senators to turn their attention to enhancing the existing health care system. Read more »