Monthly Archives: May 2013

Glimmers of Hope for More Clean Hands

Over 150 years ago, the Austrian physician Ignac Semmelweis discovered that, by washing their hands regularly, doctors could stop the spread of disease between patients. Now, a century and a half later, hand-washing is a common practice – but not … Continue reading

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Senate Budget Debate Starts Wednesday – Here’s Our Amendment Recommendations

Tomorrow the state Senate will begin debating its version of the state budget for fiscal year 2014, which begins on July 1. Like the House budget did, the Senate Ways and Means version starts out with a strong commitment to … Continue reading

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First PFAC Conference a Success

Patient and Family Advisory Councils, or PFACs, are changing the way we experience care at our local hospitals, and also at some outpatient care centers. PFACs allow patients and family members to represent the consumer voice in health care, operating … Continue reading

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Your Task Today: Call Your Senator To Restore Oral Health Fillings

The Senate budget released yesterday is a mix of good and disappointing, of course. We’ll have a more detailed report, with all of our amendment recommendations, early next week. But for now we want to focus on the most glaring … Continue reading

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Connector Previews “Home Stretch” of ACA Implementation

Last Thursday, the Connector Board discussed policy, programmatic and operational readiness for Connector 2.0, voted to extend their Affordable Care Act (ACA) project management contract with Deloitte, and approved the transfer of authority over several regulations from CHIA to the … Continue reading

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People With Disabilities And Others: Please Fill Out This Survey From Mass DPH

[From Mass DPH:] Help influence health care in Massachusetts. The Health and Disability Program, part of Office of Health Equity at the MA Department of Public Health (DPH) is conducting a health needs survey for people with disabilities in Massachusetts. … Continue reading

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Health Policy Commission Report: April 24 Meeting

The Health Policy Commission met on Wednesday, April 24, addressing a packed agenda. All the materials were just posted, here, so we can present our full report, after the break.

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