Monthly Archives: August 2011

Study: 1 in 10 Suicides Linked to Chronic Illness

Researchers at the British think-tank Demos released an eye-opening study this week, entitled the “Truth About Suicide.” The conclusion: at least 10 percent of suicides in Britain are linked to terminal or chronic illness. Demos wanted to challenge the idea … Continue reading

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Comings, Goings, and Promotions in the Patrick Administration

The end of summer has brought some notable staffing changes in MassHealth, Executive Office of Administration and Finance, and the Division of Health Care Finance and Policy. Congratulations to Robin Callahan, who has been named as the new deputy Medicaid … Continue reading

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MA Receives Funding to Prevent Infections

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has received federal ACA funds to continue its life-saving work on preventing healthcare-associated infections. An estimated 34,000 healthcare-associated infections cost Massachusetts up to $473 million per year. The federal funding will go towards establishing … Continue reading

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MITSS Looking for HOPE Award Nominees

MITSS (Medically Inducted Trauma Support Services) is seeking nominations for its annual HOPE Award. The Award winner will be announced at the MITSS annual dinner and fundraiser on November 1 in Boston. Learn more about the award on the MITSS … Continue reading

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Back To School Checklist: Don’t Forget Oral Health

“While cavities are on the decline in the general population, they are a fact of life for increasing numbers of young children, according to the Centers for Disease Control. They affect 10 percent of 2-year-olds and over half of 5-year-olds, … Continue reading

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State Convenes ACA Implementation Advisory Council

Former DHCFP Commissioner David Morales once used an an analogy to make the point that Massachusetts’ implementation of the ACA is easier than in other states. We just have to do a renovation, while other states have to do new … Continue reading

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Editorial: “The Bay State led the nation in addressing access to health insurance; now we should lead in taming health care inflation.”

An editorial in the Taunton Gazette, and other GateHouse papers (like the Milford Daily News, Wrentham Country Gazette) lays out the urgent need to move on comprehensive payment reform: A new report from the Kaiser Family Foundation confirms what we … Continue reading

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