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  • January 25, 2019 - Decision Resources Group

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate opioid prescription abuse costs the United States almost $80 billion annually. As legislators and health systems alike strike back through new laws and clinical protocols, multifaceted partnerships are forming to launch payment reform for addiction treatment, and to meaningfully incentivize better care outcomes.

  • January 19, 2019 - Telegram & Gazette

    There are two things that Dr. Robert W. Finberg won’t predict this weekend: the outcome of the New England Patriots game Sunday night and when the influenza season will end in Massachusetts.

    One thing Dr. Finberg, the chair of the Department of Medicine at UMass Memorial Center, is sure of is that the flu outbreak has reached “epidemic” (or “widespread,” as the state Department of Public Health puts it) proportions in the commonwealth. Massachusetts is one of 13 states in which influenza is widespread, he said.

  • January 19, 2019 - Telegram & Gazette

    Ashleigh M. Olson, 31, and her husband, Patrick W. Olson, who works as a laborer for the Department of Public Works in Natick, wanted their family to grow and for Shane P. Olson, now 5, to have a younger brother or sister to play with.

  • January 18, 2019 - Boston Globe

    Twelve-year-old Benjamin Bubis was on his way to soccer practice Tuesday afternoon, traveling along Interstate 495 with his grandfather, when he suddenly realized something was wrong.

    He was talking to his grandfather. But 71-year-old Boris Hutorin didn’t respond.

    “I started to yell at him, yell again and again,” Benjamin recalled, as he sat in the kitchen of his home here Thursday evening. “And he still didn’t respond.”

  • January 16, 2019 - Worcester Business Journal

    Two Worcester health treatment centers, at UMass Memorial Medical Center and Community Healthlink, will receive help for trained professionals who work with patients to overcome addiction.

    The so-called recovery coaches at those two centers and eight others across the state are being helped over a two-year period by a $1-million grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. The funds will help those centers support and expand their recovery coach programs and share experiences and data with one another.

  • January 2, 2019 - Telegram & Gazette

    Childhood obesity has increased seriously in the last decade and has reached crisis levels, according to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Approximately 12.7 million, or 17 percent, of children and adolescents are obese. Overweight children are much more likely to become overweight adults unless they adopt and maintain healthier patterns of eating and exercise, notes the group. The disorder is also one of the easiest to recognize, yet most difficult to treat, according to AACAP.

  • December 15, 2018 - Telegram & Gazette

    One man came in with his gun license out, but was told to put it away as they took the shotguns and revolver he had owned since the 1970s from him at City Welding and Sheet Metal Fabrication.

    Guns turned in at City Welding, 10 Ararat St., and 24 other locations Saturday during the 17th annual “Goods for Guns” buyback program were done anonymously.

  • December 11, 2018 - Boston 25 News

    Sean Doherty of Worcester EMS penned a poem titled 'December Mourn' in honor of fallen Worcester Firefighter Christopher Roy.

    In the quiet early morning hours while most were fast asleep, The men of Worcester Fire were awoken with three beeps. 

  • December 7, 2018 - Worcester Business Journal

    As an executive at an agency aiming to improve the lives of more than 100 million people worldwide, Soma Stout would seem to have a tough job ahead of her.

    But reaching that goal within two years isn't a matter of working harder, Stout said Friday at the Central Massachusetts Health Care Forum.

    "We don't have to work harder," she said. "We just have to work in closer partnership."

  • December 6, 2018 - US News
  • November 26, 2018 - Worcester Business Journal

    Most headlines or struggles relating to opioids in recent years deal with opioid abuse and the often deadly consequences. But hospitals are facing another opioid challenge: They have barely enough injectable opioid painkillers to give patients prescribed the drugs.

    "We've never seen anything like the last couple of years, even close to that," said Roland Bercume, the senior director of pharmacy for UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester.

  • November 23, 2018 - Boston Globe

    Massachusetts has a long tradition of collaboration in health care, exemplified by the passage of our landmark health reform law in 2006 that resulted in near-universal health insurance coverage for our residents. That effort brought together businesses and consumers, labor and management, hospitals and health plans. Divergent interests each gave up a little in furtherance of the common good. This culture of collaboration has allowed us to enjoy some of the best health care in the world — but our spirit of cooperation is showing signs of stress.

  • November 16, 2018 - Sentinel and Enterprise

    Sitting in a wheelchair just a few hours before she was scheduled to go in for surgery, Georgieanna Lafontaine was thinking about dancing.

    "I love country-western dancing so I'd like to go back to that," the Lunenburg resident said. "We're all going to go. My family told me, 'As soon as you get better, we're taking you down.'"

    Dancing, along with nearly every other strenuous physical activity, has not been an option for Lafontaine for quite some

  • November 16, 2018 - Sentinel and Enterprise

    Sitting in a wheelchair just a few hours before she was scheduled to go in for surgery, Georgieanna Lafontaine was thinking about dancing.

    "I love country-western dancing so I'd like to go back to that," the Lunenburg resident said. "We're all going to go. My family told me, 'As soon as you get better, we're taking you down.'"

    Dancing, along with nearly every other strenuous physical activity, has not been an option for Lafontaine for quite some

  • November 2, 2018 - UMassMed Now

    A new analysis by UMass Medical School orthopedic outcomes researcher Patricia Franklin, MD, MBA, MPH, and orthopedic surgeon David Ayers, MD, affirms the value of patient-reported outcomes registries. Published in the New England Journal of Medicine Catalyst on Oct.

  • October 30, 2018 - Medical Press

    Every day, as the opioid epidemic continues to grip the country, more than 115 people in the United States die from overdoses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A new study by Gerardo Gonzalez, MD, associate professor of psychiatry, examines how one health care system may have missed opportunities to prevent overdose deaths, providing a valuable analysis that may give key insight for all providers to help stem the number of fatal overdoses. The findings were published online on Oct. 24 in Psychiatric Services.

  • October 29, 2018 - Worcester Business Journal

    Massachusetts residents will soon go to the polls to consider Question 1, a ballot measure mandating specific nurse-to-patient staffing ratios in all hospitals. Before deciding, voters should follow the path of any good business: determine the financial investment and the return on that investment. A new report helps us do that.

    The Massachusetts Health Policy Commission is an independent state agency created to monitor growth of healthcare costs. It analyzed Question 1 to understand its impact on costs. It issued a report of its findings Oct. 3.

  • October 25, 2018 - YouTube

    Eighteen-year-old Ryan Doyle of Wilbraham got the surprise of a lifetime when he found out he would be attending a World Series game in a private suite at Fenway Park.

    Doyle, who was diagnosed with bone cancer last year, has been battling the disease at UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center. Upon finishing a cycle of chemotherapy and being discharged from the hospital Tuesday, Doyle was presented with four tickets to last night’s game.

  • October 24, 2018 - Telegram & Gazette

    A cancer patient being treated at UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center will be in the stands at Fenway Park Wednesday night for Game 2 of the World Series. On his discharge from the hospital, oncology patient Ryan Doyle of Wilbraham received four tickets to the game, courtesy of Walsh Brothers Construction of Boston. Ryan, who says his favorite player is catcher Sandy Leon, plans to attend Springfield College in the spring.

  • October 16, 2018 - Telegram & Gazette

    On Nov. 6, Massachusetts voters face a decision on Question 1, a ballot question that would regulate the ratio of nurses to patients in health care facilities.

    After watching dueling TV advertisements on this question — one of three on the ballet — I have some questions of my own: What is Question 1? What is the problem Question 1 is designed to solve? What is the best solution to the problem? Is a “yes” vote the right solution?

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