Newsroom - February

Providence Behavioral Health will end inpatient services in Holyoke, close Mill Street methadone clinic in Springfield

MassLive, February 28, 2020
HOLYOKE - Mercy Medical Center announced Friday that it will end inpatient psychiatric services at Providence Behavioral Health Hospital as of June 30. Read more »

How 2020 Democrats' health care plans would rock hospital budgets in Mass.

WBUR, February 25, 2020
In this election season, when tackling health care costs is a top voter concern, the Democratic primary candidates are offering different visions for reform, and have spent debates arguing over the costs of those plans. What has gotten less attention, and what is at the heart of any reform, is the biggest factor in health care spending: hospital payments. Read more »

Local agencies back mental health reform bill

Cape Cod Times, February 17, 2020
Better pay for psychiatrists and other mental health practitioners. Elimination of repeated prior authorizations for mental health services. Mental health care advocates say that even if a comprehensive health care reform bill championed by state Sen. Julian Cyr, D-Truro, accomplishes only these two goals, it would improve lives across the commonwealth. Read more »

Health center housing screening practices & needs summary report released

League & Boston Public Health Commission, February 14, 2020
In 2019, the League's Boston Conference of Community Health Centers (Conference) worked with the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) to examine the role that health centers play in addressing the ongoing housing crisis in Massachusetts. The Conference assessed existing services they offer, assessed community partners they work with, and identified potential areas for growth. The League, Conference and BPHC are proud to release a report both summarizing this work and offering targeted recommendations to improve the ability of health centers to address their patients' unique needs. It is the hope of the Conference and the League to continue to work with all stakeholders to affirm our longstanding belief that housing is a human right. Read more »

Massachusetts sues Juul over e-cigarette marketing tactics

ABC News, February 12, 2020
BOSTON - Massachusetts sued electronic cigarette giant Juul Labs Inc. on Wednesday, accusing the company of deliberately targeting young people through its marketing campaigns. Read more »

Public Health chief: Coronavirus risk low in Massachusetts

Dorcheser Reporter, February 12, 2020
The risk of contracting coronavirus in Massachusetts remains low, Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel said Tuesday. Bharel presented Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statistics at a Public Health Council meeting, saying more than 40,000 cases have been reported, 99 percent of which are in China, where the virus was first identified. Read more »

Opioid overdose deaths in Massachusetts down 5% from 2016 peak

CBS Local, February 12, 2020
BOSTON (AP) - Massachusetts health officials said Wednesday the rate of opioid-related overdose deaths in Massachusetts fell an estimated 5% from its 2016 peak. Read more »

Doctors push back as Congress takes aim at surprise medical bills

NPR, February 12, 2020
When Carol Pak-Teng, an emergency room doctor in New Jersey, hosted a fundraiser in December for Democratic freshman Rep. Tom Malinowski, her guests, mostly doctors, were pleased when she steered the conversation to surprise medical bills. Read more »

Brockton health providers: ‘We’re as prepared as we can be’ to handle coronavirus

Enterprise News, February 10, 2020
BROCKTON - With the first case of coronavirus now in Massachusetts, the city's hospitals and health centers have begun making preparations to treat patients with potential symptoms and prevent the spread of the infectious disease. "We're as prepared as we can be," said Karen Mark, director of nursing, at Brockton Neighborhood Health Center. Read more »

Massachusetts should spend more on primary care and behavioral health services, Health Policy Commission report says, February 5, 2020
A state agency is calling on policymakers, government agencies and health care leaders to take a series of steps aimed at addressing rising health care costs, including one that lines up with the centerpiece of a plan offered by Gov. Charlie Baker. Read more »

Department of Health confirms first Massachusetts case of coronavirus

NBC Channel 10, February 1, 2020
The Massachusetts Department of Health has confirmed the first human case of novel coronavirus in the state. Read more »