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$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

Another step forward to integrate care for MassHealth and Medicare members Posted on Dec 15

Another step forward to integrate care for MassHealth and Medicare members

By Secretary of Health and Human Services Dr. JudyAnn Bigby I am delighted to update you on a very important MassHealth initiative. Readers of “Commonwealth Conversations: Health and Human Services” may have read about this initiative in June. MassHealth and the federal government are working   …Continue Reading Another step forward to integrate care for MassHealth and Medicare members

Flu Season is Here – Get Vaccinated Today. Posted on Oct 31

Flu Season is Here – Get Vaccinated Today.

Posted by Donna Lazorik, RN, MS. Donna is the Immunization Coordinator in the Division of Epidemiology and Immunization at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.   The best way to protect yourself and your family from getting sick this flu season is to get vaccinated.    …Continue Reading Flu Season is Here – Get Vaccinated Today.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month Posted on Oct 18

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

  By Elder Affairs Secretary Ann Hartstein This year marks the 25th year of National Breast Cancer Awareness in the U.S. It coincides with the same year that members of the Baby Boomer generation turn 65.  How are these two milestones related?  According to the   …Continue Reading October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Walk/Ride Day: A local treasure and export expands in the Boston area Posted on Sep 28

Walk/Ride Day: A local treasure and export expands in the Boston area

By Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. JudyAnn Bigby This Friday is Walk/Ride Day in Boston and communities across Eastern Massachusetts. So leave your car at home and enjoy connecting with neighbors, friends and colleagues on a healthy and sustainable commute. Rarely can a single,   …Continue Reading Walk/Ride Day: A local treasure and export expands in the Boston area

Strengthening support services for Massachusetts seniors and people with disabilities Posted on Sep 26

Strengthening support services for Massachusetts seniors and people with disabilities

 By Dr. JudyAnn Bigby A recent report released by the AARP Policy Institute, the Commonwealth Fund and the SCAN Foundation ranked Massachusetts 30th in the nation for long-term care. The report highlights areas where Massachusetts can improve upon its ability to provide long-term for some   …Continue Reading Strengthening support services for Massachusetts seniors and people with disabilities

The dialogue about health care cost containment continues: responses to information request about accountable care organizations now online Posted on Sep 9

The dialogue about health care cost containment continues: responses to information request about accountable care organizations now online

By Dr. JudyAnn Bigby Improving the quality and integration of health care is one of the primary goals of the Patrick-Murray Administration’s efforts to contain health care costs.  Alternative payment methods will work to contain health care costs only if Massachusetts has enough providers who   …Continue Reading The dialogue about health care cost containment continues: responses to information request about accountable care organizations now online

A healthy lunch: This year’s hottest back-to-school fashion Posted on Sep 7

A healthy lunch: This year’s hottest back-to-school fashion

By Lani Telian, health communications specialist at DPH All across Massachusetts, you can hear the school bells ringing again. If you’re a parent, you know what that means – busy mornings getting the kids ready and out the door with backpacks and lunch bags in   …Continue Reading A healthy lunch: This year’s hottest back-to-school fashion

Strong response to an initial request for information on lowering health care costs Posted on Aug 5

By  Director of Health Care Policy and Strategy David Martin Last week, the Patrick-Murray Administration received a very encouraging response to a significant part of its plan to lower health care costs: 42 responses to our “request for information” (RFI) on the development of accountable   …Continue Reading Strong response to an initial request for information on lowering health care costs

Managing “Mi Vida, Mi Salud”: A culturally-adapted approach to chronic disease management Posted on Aug 2

By Ana Karchmer, American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) program coordinator at the Executive Office of Elder Affairs I recently had the privilege of co-facilitating the “Mi Vida, Mi Salud” program, a Spanish language initiative to help seniors with chronic conditions take control of managing   …Continue Reading Managing “Mi Vida, Mi Salud”: A culturally-adapted approach to chronic disease management