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True stories of transitions to independence highlighted in Holyoke, Lowell and Worcester Posted on Jul 18

True stories of transitions to independence highlighted in Holyoke, Lowell and Worcester

By DTA Commissioner Dan Curley Recently, the Department was privileged to host distinguished members of Congress and the state Secretary of Health and Human Services, Dr. JudyAnn Bigby, for events at three of our local Transitional Assistance Offices (TAOs).  The purpose was to highlight how   …Continue Reading True stories of transitions to independence highlighted in Holyoke, Lowell and Worcester

MassHealth begins paying incentives to providers who adopt and use Electronic Health Records (EHRs) Posted on May 10

By MassHealth Health IT Project Manager Deborah Schiel Recently, I was referred to a specialist by my primary care physician. Prior to the appointment, the new physician requested my medical records so he could review my health history. It seemed easy enough. Since my physician   …Continue Reading MassHealth begins paying incentives to providers who adopt and use Electronic Health Records (EHRs)

Increasing the dialogue on sexual assault awareness and prevention Posted on Apr 5

Increasing the dialogue on sexual assault awareness and prevention

By DPH’s Director of Sexual Assault Prevention and Survivor Services Unit Marci Diamond Sexual violence is everyone’s issue: in fact, a new national study found that one in three women and one in five men in Massachusetts have experienced sexual violence, typically starting at a young age.   …Continue Reading Increasing the dialogue on sexual assault awareness and prevention

DTA assists low-income households affected by the Back Bay blackout: Replacement SNAP benefits can be requested until close of business April 5 Posted on Apr 3

DTA assists low-income households affected by the Back Bay blackout: Replacement SNAP benefits can be requested until close of business April 5

By DTA Commissioner Dan Curley Few of us will forget the sight of the darkened Prudential Tower and surrounding buildings on the evening of March 13, especially those who live in the immediate area and were forced to evacuate their homes. A fire at an   …Continue Reading DTA assists low-income households affected by the Back Bay blackout: Replacement SNAP benefits can be requested until close of business April 5

National Brain Injury Awareness Month: Reaching Out to Veterans Posted on Mar 13

By Nicky Osborne, Director of Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC) – Brain Injury & Statewide Specialized Community Services (BI&SSCS) March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month, when the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC) redoubles its efforts to promote awareness that a brain injury can happen anytime, anywhere,   …Continue Reading National Brain Injury Awareness Month: Reaching Out to Veterans

State undertakes a new initiative to improve the quality of health care Posted on Feb 23

By Commissioner of the Division of Health Care Finance and Policy Áron Boros and Commissioner of Public Health John Auerbach Firmly established as a national leader in guaranteeing health coverage for all its residents, Massachusetts is turning to the next phase of innovation, improving value   …Continue Reading State undertakes a new initiative to improve the quality of health care

The role of the Office for Human Rights (OHR) at the Department of Developmental Services Posted on Feb 23

The role of the Office for Human Rights (OHR) at the Department of Developmental Services

By DDS Commissioner Elin Howe Many of you may be familiar with the mission and work of the Department of Developmental Services but may be less familiar with the Department’s Office for Human Rights (OHR). This important office oversees a system of safeguards to affirm,   …Continue Reading The role of the Office for Human Rights (OHR) at the Department of Developmental Services

State plan for managing Alzheimer’s advances Posted on Feb 15

State plan for managing Alzheimer’s advances

By Elder Affairs’ Secretary Ann Hartstein Last week the Massachusetts Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders State Plan was released by the Executive Office of Elder Affairs (EOEA) and the Alzheimer’s Association Massachusetts /New Hampshire chapter. The plan provides recommendations, resources, goals and strategies to improve the lives   …Continue Reading State plan for managing Alzheimer’s advances

Through collaboration with Department of Public Health, MassHealth members quit smoking while saving the Commonwealth $3 for every $1 spent Posted on Jan 10

By Secretary of Health and Human Services Dr. JudyAnn Bigby  Some of you may have heard the great news last week from George Washington University, which released a study showing that that for every dollar MassHealth spends helping its members quit smoking, it saves the   …Continue Reading Through collaboration with Department of Public Health, MassHealth members quit smoking while saving the Commonwealth $3 for every $1 spent

$26.75 Billion waiver agreement with CMS will strongly support integrated health care in Massachusetts Posted on Dec 22

$26.75 Billion waiver agreement with CMS will strongly support integrated health care in Massachusetts

By Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. JudyAnn Bigby Earlier this week, Governor Patrick announced that the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has renewed Massachusetts’ 1115 Research and Demonstration Waiver Agreement, commonly referred to as the Waiver. Yesterday’s announcement of a $26.75   …Continue Reading $26.75 Billion waiver agreement with CMS will strongly support integrated health care in Massachusetts