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Monthly Archives: May 2011

Making businesses accessible for all is a win-win Posted on May 31

Making businesses accessible for all is a win-win

By MRC Commissioner Charles Carr Earlier this month, the Independent Living Center of the North Shore and Cape Ann (ILCNSCA) launched an ‘All People Accessible Business" (APAB) initiative, a public/private partnership between the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC),  and local  businesses on the North Shore. The project   …Continue Reading Making businesses accessible for all is a win-win

With malice toward none and gratitude to many Posted on May 27

With malice toward none and gratitude to many

By DVS Secretary Coleman Nee With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care   …Continue Reading With malice toward none and gratitude to many

Two reports from the Division of Health Care Finance and Policy: Health care premiums increase while benefits decline Posted on May 27

Two reports from the Division of Health Care Finance and Policy: Health care premiums increase while benefits decline

By Dr. JudyAnn Bigby Yesterday the state Division of Health Care Finance and Policy (DHCFP) released its annual health care premium trend and price variation reports, in advance of health care cost trend hearings the Division will hold one month from now. As we have witnessed   …Continue Reading Two reports from the Division of Health Care Finance and Policy: Health care premiums increase while benefits decline

Massachusetts receives ‘A’ grade for children’s dental services Posted on May 26

By Terry Dougherty This week the Pew Center on the States, a non-profit organization that identifies and advances effective solutions to critical issues facing the nation’s states, gave Massachusetts an “A” grade for ensuring dental health and access to care for children. The Center’s report, released annually,   …Continue Reading Massachusetts receives ‘A’ grade for children’s dental services

Historic DMH showcase commemorates Mental Health Awareness month Posted on May 20

Historic DMH showcase commemorates Mental Health Awareness month

By DMH Commissioner Barbara A. Leadholm, M.S., M.B.A. Construction of the new Department of Mental Health (DMH) hospital in Worcester is near completion and on schedule to open next year. While the new facility has great significance for the future of mental health treatment throughout   …Continue Reading Historic DMH showcase commemorates Mental Health Awareness month

Moving health care cost containment forward in Massachusetts: Today’s hearing on payment reform Posted on May 16

Moving health care cost containment forward in Massachusetts: Today’s hearing on payment reform

By Dr. JudyAnn Bigby This morning I will testify about Governor Patrick’s health care cost containment legislation before the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing, co-chaired by Senator Richard Moore and Representative Steven Walsh. I’ll be joining Governor Patrick to provide testimony in support of   …Continue Reading Moving health care cost containment forward in Massachusetts: Today’s hearing on payment reform

Governor Patrick’s second annual HIT conference highlights Massachusetts’ leadership Posted on May 11

By David Martin Governor Patrick and his health information technology team just wrapped up the Governor's 2nd annual health IT conference at the DCU Center in Worcester. The conference, “Health Information Technology: Improving Health Care and the Economy,” featured a keynote address by the Governor,   …Continue Reading Governor Patrick’s second annual HIT conference highlights Massachusetts’ leadership

First All-Payer Claims Database (APCD) forum a success Posted on May 9

First All-Payer Claims Database (APCD) forum a success

By DHCFP Acting Commissioner Seena Perumal Carrington Last Monday, May 2, the Division of Health Care Finance and Policy (Division) hosted its first in a series of three open forums to discuss the all-payer claims database (APCD).  Thanks to the active participation of over 120   …Continue Reading First All-Payer Claims Database (APCD) forum a success

Recognizing new mothers this Mother’s Day Posted on May 4

Recognizing new mothers this Mother’s Day

By DPH Commissioner John Auerbach Everyone knows that being a mom – or a dad for that matter – is the toughest job you’ll ever have. And if you’re the parent of a newborn baby, you know this better than anyone. Having a baby changes   …Continue Reading Recognizing new mothers this Mother’s Day

Celebrating a new landscape for mental health during Children’s Mental Health Week, May 1-7 Posted on May 2

Celebrating a new landscape for mental health during Children’s Mental Health Week, May 1-7

Children’s Mental Health Week is a nationwide opportunity for all of us to learn more about the positive impact of youth development and resilience as well as understand mental health concerns that impact children and their families. In Massachusetts we’re proud to have many services   …Continue Reading Celebrating a new landscape for mental health during Children’s Mental Health Week, May 1-7