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Medicare Open Enrollment is Here: October 15th to December 7th! Posted on Nov 4

Medicare Open Enrollment is Here: October 15th to December 7th!

Every year, the arrival of autumn brings falling leaves, cooler days and nights, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Medicare Open Enrollment. Medicare beneficiaries or prospective beneficiaries have the option of signing up for Medicare health and prescription drug benefit plans, including Medicare Advantage, during Open Enrollment.  If   …Continue Reading Medicare Open Enrollment is Here: October 15th to December 7th!

Health Information Technology Driving State Innovation Posted on Sep 18

Health Information Technology Driving State Innovation

The Massachusetts State Innovation Model (SIM) initiative, funded by the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), is driving enhancements to health information technology and data collection infrastructure across the Commonwealth.  The SIM initiative is a coordinated inter-agency effort to use advancements in technology to   …Continue Reading Health Information Technology Driving State Innovation

Celebrating Health IT Week 2014: Reduce Costs, Improve Quality, Ensure Privacy Posted on Sep 15

Celebrating Health IT Week 2014: Reduce Costs, Improve Quality, Ensure Privacy

Health information technology is revolutionizing how care is delivered, health information shared, quality measured, reimbursements dispersed, and patients engaged in their own health and health care. This week we celebrate National Health IT Week and the critical role of health IT in transforming and improving the health of patients, health   …Continue Reading Celebrating Health IT Week 2014: Reduce Costs, Improve Quality, Ensure Privacy

Over 10 Million Insured and Counting Posted on Jul 31

Over 10 Million Insured and Counting

The United States Department of Health and Human Services released a study in the New England Journal of Medicine recently that estimated 10.3 million previously uninsured adults now have quality health care coverage as a result of the first ever open enrollment period on the Health   …Continue Reading Over 10 Million Insured and Counting

A First-Hand Look at Mosquito Surveillance Posted on Jul 28

A First-Hand Look at Mosquito Surveillance

Each summer, the Department of Public Health works closely with local and regional partners to protect Massachusetts residents against the risk of West Nile virus (WNV) and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) – two serious diseases which are spread though the bite of an infected mosquito.   …Continue Reading A First-Hand Look at Mosquito Surveillance

PTSD Awareness Day 2014: 7 Things to Know About Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Posted on Jun 26

PTSD Awareness Day 2014: 7 Things to Know About Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

After a traumatic event, stress-related reactions are common, but not everyone gets Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). PTSD affects 20% of soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, and untreated symptoms can disrupt normal life. Here are some quick facts about PTSD: PTSD can Affect Anyone There   …Continue Reading PTSD Awareness Day 2014: 7 Things to Know About Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Massachusetts Mental Health Center Provides a “WARM” place Posted on May 15

Massachusetts Mental Health Center Provides a “WARM” place

The Massachusetts Mental Health Center of the Department of Mental Health (DMH), which is located in the Longwood Medical Area of Boston, is a “WARM” place. Brigham & Women’s Hospital operated medical clinic called “Wellness and Recovery Medicine,” or WARM, is a place where DMH   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Mental Health Center Provides a “WARM” place

Celebrate National Children’s Mental Health Week! Posted on May 6

Celebrate National Children’s Mental Health Week!

May 4th through the 10th is National Children’s Mental Health Week! Since 2002, the Governor of Massachusetts, along with dozens of mayors across the state, has issued an official proclamation for Children’s Mental Health Week. Children’s Mental Health Week is dedicated to increasing public awareness   …Continue Reading Celebrate National Children’s Mental Health Week!

Celebrating Older Americans Month: ACA Means Savings for Seniors Posted on May 1

Celebrating Older Americans Month: ACA Means Savings for Seniors

There are many benefits of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), from increases access to quality health care, to making it more affordable to get comprehensive health insurance and strengthening primary care to prevent the most common chronic illnesses. But some of the biggest benefits of   …Continue Reading Celebrating Older Americans Month: ACA Means Savings for Seniors

Fenway Park Accessibility for Blind and Visually Impaired Fans Posted on Apr 4

Fenway Park Accessibility for Blind and Visually Impaired Fans

  “Take Me Out to the Ballgame!” Friday, April 4, 2014 is the Home Opener for the 2013 World Champion Boston Red Sox. The incredible sights and sounds of Fenway Park are widely discussed, and the current organization has done a wonderful job to ensure that   …Continue Reading Fenway Park Accessibility for Blind and Visually Impaired Fans