Monthly Archives: December 2009

Senator Kirk Cites HCFA Helpline

In a stirring Senate floor speech yesterday drawing on the legacy of Senator Kennedy, Senator Kirk again brought up the HCFA Helpline as an example of why we need health reform: Senator Kirk told the Senators about Carol, who was … Continue reading

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Consumer Health Quality Council Debuts PSAs

Nicole Hall and Bing Chen, two students at the BU School of Public Health, have created two Public Service Announcements highlighting the stories of members of the Consumer Health Quality Council. The 30-second version is above; there’s also a longer, … Continue reading

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Healthy Aging Forum Looks at Patient-Centered Care For Seniors

This week’s Healthy Aging Forum featured Dr. Walter Leutz’s results from his study on how to create an environment where people achieve healthy aging. The report, Healthy Aging in the Commonwealth: Pathways to Lifelong Wellness (pdf) includes several recommendations to … Continue reading

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Legislature Hears Dental Bill

Today the Joint Committee on Financial Services held a hearing for An Act to Include Fluoride Varnish Service in All Health Insurance Coverage in the Commonwealth (H. 1032 / S. 463). MassHealth began offering a fluoride varnish benefit through medical … Continue reading

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QCC To Meet Wednesday

The Health Care Quality and Cost Council will be meeting on Wednesday, December 16, from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at 21st Floor, 1 Ashburton Place, Boston. The agenda includes: – Committee reports and discussion on A. Quality and Safety … Continue reading

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E.R. Policy Leads to Innovations for Reducing Wait Times

According to a Boston Globe article, wait times in emergency rooms have not increased as a result of a new Massachusetts policy that took effect earlier this year requiring hospitals to accept all ambulances rather than diverting them to other … Continue reading

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Suicide, Kids, and Mental Health

For the past two years, the Children’s Mental Health Campaign has held 19 forums on mental health needs of kids across the Commonwealth.  While each forum has been different, one statistic universally resonates with all audiences and brings home the … Continue reading

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