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Monthly Archives: March 2010

Are You a ‘Biggest Loser’ Fan? Posted on Mar 30

Are You a ‘Biggest Loser’ Fan?

Posted by: Kara Ghiringhelli, Department of Public Health    Kara is a Nutrition Education Specialist at DPH. With the coming of spring, everyone around me seems to be on a mission to lose the winter pounds they gained between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day. It’s everywhere:   …Continue Reading Are You a ‘Biggest Loser’ Fan?

La adicción al alcohol y las drogas tiene solución Posted on Mar 26

La adicción al alcohol y las drogas tiene solución

Posted by: Jordan Coriza, Department of Public Health Jordan is the Director of Ethnic Media Engagement for the Department. ¿Sabía usted que sólo una de cada diez personas que tiene un problema con el alcohol o las drogas busca ayuda para controlar su adicción? Muchos   …Continue Reading La adicción al alcohol y las drogas tiene solución

Weekly Flu Report: March 25, 2010 Posted on Mar 25

Weekly Report: Download Weekly Report_3_25_10 (Download PDF Weekly Report 3_25_10) As illustrated in this week's report, levels of flu-like illness in the state remain low in contrast to what is expected for this time of year. However, even though last weekend marked the official start of spring, it   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report: March 25, 2010

Plan to Cap Premiums, Rates Would be Crucial Check to Rising Costs Posted on Mar 25

Plan to Cap Premiums, Rates Would be Crucial Check to Rising Costs

Posted by: David Morales, Commissioner, Division of Health Care Finance and Policy Coinciding with last week’s hearings, Michael Widmer, President of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, submitted an op-ed to The Boston Globe, "Caps hurt health system.”  In today’s Globe, you will find a response written   …Continue Reading Plan to Cap Premiums, Rates Would be Crucial Check to Rising Costs

Next Steps – Concrete Solutions To Cut Health Care Costs Posted on Mar 24

Next Steps – Concrete Solutions To Cut Health Care Costs

Posted by: David Morales, Commissioner, Division of Health Care Finance and Policy Last week the Division of Health Care Finance and Policy convened unprecedented public hearings on health care cost trends in Massachusetts – a major step in moving the conversation about how we mitigate   …Continue Reading Next Steps – Concrete Solutions To Cut Health Care Costs

Sun’s out, Bikes out! Posted on Mar 23

Sun’s out, Bikes out!

Posted by: Maya Mohan, Department of Public Health Maya is the Physical Activity Coordinator for DPH How gorgeous was the weather on Saturday? Didn’t it make you want to go run around outside or hop on a bike and explore?  I can feel springtime just   …Continue Reading Sun’s out, Bikes out!

Health Care Cost Trends Hearing – Friday, March 19th Posted on Mar 19

Health Care Cost Trends Hearing – Friday, March 19th

Posted by: David Morales, Commissioner, Division of Health Care Finance and Policy To date this week, the Division of Health Care Finance and Policy has held two days of hearings which focused on the urgency of escalating health care costs and the implications for consumers   …Continue Reading Health Care Cost Trends Hearing – Friday, March 19th

Weekly Flu Report: March 18, 2010 Posted on Mar 18

Weekly Report: Download Weekly Report_3_18_10 (Download PDF Weekly Report 3_18_10) As you can see in this week's report, once again the level of flu-like illness in the state remains low in contrast to what is expected at this time of year. Nevertheless, flu season can last   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report: March 18, 2010

Health Care Cost Trends Hearing – Thursday, March 18th Posted on Mar 18

Health Care Cost Trends Hearing – Thursday, March 18th

Posted by: David Morales, Commissioner, Division of Health Care Finance and Policy Earlier this week, the Division of Health Care Finance and Policy held the first of its health care cost hearings which focused on the urgency of escalating health care costs and the implications   …Continue Reading Health Care Cost Trends Hearing – Thursday, March 18th

Health Care Cost Trends Hearings — Day One Posted on Mar 17

Health Care Cost Trends Hearings — Day One

Posted by: David Morales, Commissioner, Division of Health Care Finance and Policy Yesterday marked the first day of the Patrick Administration’s hearings on health care cost trends.  Our goals for the first day of the hearings were to publicly highlight the research data regarding what   …Continue Reading Health Care Cost Trends Hearings — Day One