Newsroom - December 2022

Here's what the outgoing CEO of Blue Cross says about the future of health care, December 26, 2022
Andrew Dreyfus, the chief executive of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, is stepping down after 12 years on the job. He says he is leaving the state's biggest health insurer to teach, mentor, write and advise young companies. Sarah Iselin - a Dreyfus protege will become CEO of Blue Cross on Jan. 1. Read more »

EBNHC hosts listening session, December 23, 2022
On Thursday, December 15, East Boston Neighborhood Health was proud to host a listening session with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) Director Melanie Fontes Rainer on President Biden's Executive Order on Securing Access to Reproductive and Other Healthcare Services. Read more »

The Berkshires faces a shortage of nurse practitioners. Here's how CHP is trying to fix that, December 21, 2022
Molly Rivest, a busy nurse practitioner in Great Barrington, has her eye this day not just on patients, but on two healers. She is at Community Health Program's Great Barrington Health Center, mentoring Jennifer Rubino and Lauren Young, two newly graduated nurse practitioners. Rivest observes them during patient visits and later asks them questions. Read more »

Diversity on Health Policy Commission is needed to address equity, leaders say, December 13, 2022
The Health Policy Commission is one of the leading watchdogs in Massachusetts fighting health disparities. But at its annual cost-trends hearing last month, a panel on health equity noted that the HPC itself lacks diversity. Founded 10 years ago, the HPC's mission is to create a more transparent, accountable and equitable health care system. But the commission is entirely white - and with only four women among the 11 total board members, including the new chair, Deborah Devaux. Read more »

Black, Hispanic people far more likely to visit the ER, according to Mass. study, December 01, 2022
A new study from the Center for Health Information and Analysis found that Hispanic people and Black people are significantly more likely to visit the emergency department for non-emergency care. Compared to white residents, Hispanic Bay Staters are 110% more likely, and Black Bay Staters are 60% more likely, to demonstrate a reliance on the ER, according to CHIA's research. Using the ER for non-emergency treatment is more expensive for both patient and hospital, and can strain the health care system. Overcrowding in the emergency department can increase patient morbidity and mortality, prolonged wait times, medical errors and staff burnout, according to CHIA. Read more »