Health Care

$1b Children’s Hospital expansion approved

$1b Children’s Hospital expansion approved

Despite health care cost concerns, Baker, Walsh back plan

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE State health officials on Thursday gave Boston Children’s Hospital the green light to move forward with a controversial $1 billion expansion. The Public Health Council voted 10-0 in favor of the expansion, with one abstention. “This is a project about patients. This is a project for the patient,” hospital president and(...)

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Improving health outcomes through social services

Improving health outcomes through social services

Interest grows in integrating health care and social service spending

WHAT IF THE answer to ever-rising health care costs doesn’t lie in figuring out better ways to deliver medical care, but in things like ensuring access to good nutrition, adequate housing, or even job training? That was the outside-the-health-care-box message members of the state Health Policy Commission heard on Tuesday morning from health policy researcher(...)

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State agency examines pricing of drugs

State agency examines pricing of drugs

Health Policy Commission solicits advice from experts

FOUR EXPERTS on prescribing, paying for, and manufacturing pharmaceuticals on Tuesday offered the state’s Health Policy Commission a series of recommendations on how to curb rising drug costs, but first they had to hash out whether pharmaceutical prices were a serious problem. Over two days of hearings on health cost trends, the Health Policy Commission(...)

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Prices biggest cause for rising health costs

Prices biggest cause for rising health costs

Spending rose more slowly than previous year but still above state goal

IT’S THE PRICE, stupid. That was the message delivered at the first day of annual state hearings on health care cost trends with experts and officials pointing the finger at pharmaceutical costs coupled with federal red tape in approving new drugs as key factors keeping Massachusetts from meeting spending goals Health care spending in Massachusetts(...)

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Baker’s big health care move

Baker’s big health care move

Revamping MassHealth offers great potential — and great risks

FOR THE THIRD time since 1996, the Massachusetts Medicaid program, called MassHealth, is preparing for transformation. After submitting a final proposal in July, state officials are anxiously awaiting a decision on the plan from the US Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services. The goals are to: first, transform how medical services are delivered to many(...)

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Insurers raise concerns on Children’s

Insurers raise concerns on Children’s

Urge DPH to reconsider backing of hospital expansion

THE MASSACHUSETTS ASSOCIATION OF HEALTH PLANS on Monday urged the Department of Public Health to reconsider its conditional support for a proposed expansion at Boston Children’s Hospital. Lora Pellegrini, the president and CEO of the group that represents 17 health plans, wrote Monday to Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel, expressing concerns over the “potential shift(...)

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Baker’s DPH backs Children’s expansion

Baker’s DPH backs Children’s expansion

Support conditional on cost control mechanisms

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH has recommended approval of a $1 billion expansion at Boston Children’s Hospital, a step that moves the controversial project closer to fruition. The expansion includes construction of a new 11-story tower at the hospital’s main Longwood Medical Area and an eight-story ambulatory care center in(...)

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Health panel raises concern on Children’s expansion

Health panel raises concern on Children’s expansion

Says $1b project could increase market share, increase spending

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE PROPOSED EXPANSIONS at Boston Children’s Hospital carry a likelihood of increased health care spending in Massachusetts and could potentially drive competing providers out of business, according to the state’s Health Policy Commission. In a letter the commission voted Tuesday to submit to the Department of Public Health, chairman Stuart Altman wrote(...)

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Cerberus begins recouping Steward investment

Cerberus begins recouping Steward investment

MA hospital company sells hospitals, raises $1.25b

CERBERUS CAPITAL MANAGEMENT started recouping its investment in Steward Health Care on Monday as the Massachusetts-based hospital system announced it was raising $1.25 billion through a deal with an Alabama company. Steward sold five of its nine hospitals to Medical Properties Trust of Birmingham, Alabama, for $600 million and agreed to lease them back under(...)

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Good old times never existed

Good old times never existed

State hospitals, schools did more harm than good

AS A YOUNG BOY with cerebral palsy, I lived in a state institution. As a young Boston College graduate, I worked in a state institution. As a member of the Massachusetts Senate, I successfully sponsored legislation to close state institutions. My actions as a Senator were inspired by, and directly resulted from my experiences, as(...)

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