Health Care

Some top Steward execs relocating

Some top Steward execs relocating

Relocating base of operations to Dallas

A NUMBER OF TOP OFFICIALS at Steward Health Care, including Chairman and CEO Ralph de la Torre, are relocating their base of operations from Boston to Dallas in the wake of the company’s significant expansion to other states, sources say. A spokesman for Steward declined comment. Sources said the company’s rapid expansion into other states(...)

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Lawmakers must make hospital rates fairer

Lawmakers must make hospital rates fairer

Left unresolved, price disparities will undermine affordable health care

HEALTH EQUITY MOTIVATED Massachusetts’ first-in-the-nation, near-universal healthcare coverage in 2006.  Now, it should be a guiding principle as we tackle rising healthcare costs so necessary to keep the healing and caring power of healthcare within reach for everyone. By the same token, we, as physicians and clergy, believe in working together to remove all barriers to the(...)

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Insurers sound alarm on Senate health bill

Insurers sound alarm on Senate health bill

Warns of price hikes, say cost penalties not broad enough

InsuSTATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE SEVERAL LARGE HEALTH INSURERS are sounding the alarm on the eve of Senate debate on a health care bill that seeks to shrink the gap between rates paid to the most expensive hospitals and lower-paid providers, warning that without changes the bill would drive up costs for consumers. The insurers, including(...)

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Take the chains off nurse practitioners

Take the chains off nurse practitioners

Give them ability to practice to their full potential

HISTORICALLY, MASSACHUSETTS HAS BEEN a leader in healthcare reform. However, antiquated, restrictive laws and licensing requirements leave Massachusetts among only 13 states in the country – and the only state in New England – that does not currently allow nurse practitioners to practice to the full extent of their education and training. Limitations to nurse(...)

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Public health emergency rings hollow

Public health emergency rings hollow

Medicaid cuts would deepen opioid crisis

PRESIDENT TRUMP’S ANNOUNCEMENT that the opioid epidemic is a public health emergency certainly drew attention to the problem, but in reality it is an empty declaration that, at least as of yet, provides no real resources to fight the epidemic. The announcement will give the government more flexibility in the services that are made available(...)

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Family caregivers deserve support

Family caregivers deserve support

Helping seniors age in place is no easy task

CARING FOR AN OLDER ADULT in your life is a complicated matter—at once daunting and rewarding. In the old days (and still today in certain cultures), it was less complicated. Seniors often lived with their adult children in households that were more like villages. Or an unmarried adult child stayed back and lived with aging(...)

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Partners hospitals decry ‘legislative attack’

Partners hospitals decry ‘legislative attack’

Community hospitals applaud bill as a lifeline

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE Plans to tackle hospital pricing are emerging as a flashpoint in the Senate’s health care reform bill, with the head of Massachusetts General Hospital decrying an unfair attack while community hospital heads cheered them as a potential lifeline. The 100-page bill, rolled out last week by a working group helmed by(...)

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Alzheimer’s a growing public health crisis

Alzheimer’s a growing public health crisis

Longer lifespans mean higher rates of disease, often undiagnosed

STATE SEN. BARBARA L’ITALIEN‘s mother, Claire, lived with her and her family for 20 years near the end of her life. Claire helped raise Barbara’s four children, enabled Barbara to run her first campaign, and was a great source of support and love for the family. When Claire was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, from which(...)

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Humira, a money-making machine, rolls on

Humira, a money-making machine, rolls on

Profit trumps patients in Abbvie-Amgen deal

IT IS WELL ESTABLISHED that US healthcare expenditures are dramatically higher than any other developed country by all measures. The total amount spent, the per capita cost, and the percentage of GDP consumed by healthcare are the highest here even though health outcomes are average and access is far from universal. The reasons for this(...)

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Senators stress health care in cost-effective settings

Senators stress health care in cost-effective settings

Bill cautiously lays groundwork for tougher regulatory oversight

A WORKING GROUP of the Massachusetts Senate unveiled health care legislation on Tuesday that promotes the treatment of patients in more cost-effective settings while laying the groundwork for tougher regulatory oversight of hospital readmissions and payments to pharmaceutical manufacturers and hospitals. The working group, led by Sen. James Welch of Springfield and funded by the(...)

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