Health Care

Treating addiction as a chronic illness

Treating addiction as a chronic illness

Michael Botticelli’s personal experience informs his approach at BMC’s Grayken Center

You’ve shaped drug policy at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, at the White House, and now as executive director of the Grayken Center at Boston Medical Center. But it seems like the most important item on your resume is the fact that you’re in recovery from substance abuse yourself. That’s not an uncommon trajectory.(...)

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Time to repeal medical device tax once and for all

Time to repeal medical device tax once and for all

Suspension is about to end, making R&D decisions difficult

THERE’S A LOT OF TALK in Washington about health care, its future, and what our health ecosystem could look like in the next 5, 10, and even 50 years. These are important policy questions, with nationwide implications if lawmakers get it wrong. Here in Massachusetts, we know a thing or two about health care, health technology, and how(...)

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What’s likely to happen with the Partners-Eye and Ear deal

What’s likely to happen with the Partners-Eye and Ear deal

A no is in order, but a conditional approval may be likely

PARTNERS HEALTHCARE NEEDS a good dose of Vitamin N (a clear No) from either or both the Department of Public Health or the Attorney General with respect to its wanting to acquire Mass Eye and Ear Infirmary on terms that it has proposed. The Health Policy Commission completed its initial review of the proposed merger(...)

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Big Tobacco’s mea culpa ad campaign

Big Tobacco is launching a major ad campaign this Sunday in which it acknowledges the deadly nature of smoking and the industry’s role in concealing the danger of cigarettes from the public. The unusual campaign, the outgrowth of a court case that began in 1999, will feature a series of five, stark full-page ads in(...)

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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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