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Monthly Archives: May 2010

Providing Safe and Quality Care For Our Residents Posted on May 27

Chapter four of the Health of Massachusetts gives an overview of the data held by MDPH’s Bureau of Health Care Safety and Quality. The Bureau focuses on patient safety and health care quality while working towards the goals of improving health and reducing growing health care   …Continue Reading Providing Safe and Quality Care For Our Residents

Weekly Flu Report: May 27, 2010 Posted on May 27

Download Weekly Flu Report: Download Weekly_Report_5_27_10(Download PDF Weekly_Report_5_27_10) As was the case two weeks ago, we are seeing a slight increase in the levels of flu-like illness, however, it is very possible that this is due to something other than the flu. On a programming   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report: May 27, 2010

Coconut Water: Full of Hydration or Hype? Posted on May 25

Coconut Water:  Full of Hydration or Hype?

Posted by: Meghan Morse, Department of Public Health Meghan is a Nutrition Education Specialist for DPH.   It seems that I can’t step foot in a gym or grocery store these days without seeing the benefits of coconut water advertised. This drink is so popular   …Continue Reading Coconut Water: Full of Hydration or Hype?

Raising Awareness of Type 2 Diabetes Posted on May 24

Raising Awareness of Type 2 Diabetes

Posted by: Terri Mendoza, Department of Public Health   Terri is the Director of the Diabetes Prevention and Control Program. Does it seem that you’re hearing a lot more about type 2 diabetes these days than you used to?  Well, that’s a good thing!  There is a   …Continue Reading Raising Awareness of Type 2 Diabetes

Weekly Flu Report: May 20, 2010 Posted on May 20

Download Weekly Flu Report: Download Weekly Report_05_20_10 (Download PDF Weekly Report 5_20_10) As we expected, this week's report shows that the levels of flu-like illness are back on the decline after last week's small increase and are substantially lower than what was seen at this time last year.

Universal Health Care: A Status Update Posted on May 20

Chapter three of the “Health of Massachusetts” looks at the impact of universal health care across the Commonwealth. The aim of health care reform is to improve the health of our residents by providing wider access to health care and preventative services, and by controlling   …Continue Reading Universal Health Care: A Status Update

Now Is the Time to Embrace Your Future Posted on May 20

Now Is the Time to Embrace Your Future

Posted by: Secretary of Elder Affairs Ann L. Hartstein Many of us grew up with the conventional wisdom that we need to think about the future and are familiar with the Aesop’s Fable about the ant and the grasshopper.  As the fable goes, the industrious   …Continue Reading Now Is the Time to Embrace Your Future

Transforming the Health Care Delivery System: Promoting Transparency, Integration, and Wellness Posted on May 19

Transforming the Health Care Delivery System: Promoting Transparency, Integration, and Wellness

Posted by: David Morales, Commissioner, Division of Health Care Finance and Policy Chances are that you’ve never heard about the Division of Health Care Finance and Policy – unless you’re a serious health policy wonk. Unlike many state agencies, the Division’s primary purpose is not   …Continue Reading Transforming the Health Care Delivery System: Promoting Transparency, Integration, and Wellness

It’s Bike to Work Week! Posted on May 17

It’s Bike to Work Week!

Posted by: Maya Mohan, Department of Public Health Maya is the Physical Activity Coordinator for DPH and wants to be a bicycle commuter!  I need your help.  Today marks the first day of Bike to Work Week. And, I would love to participate.  In fact, I   …Continue Reading It’s Bike to Work Week!

How the APCD Can Help You Understand, Use, and Pay for Your Health Care Posted on May 17

How the APCD Can Help You Understand, Use, and Pay for Your Health Care

Posted by: David Morales, Commissioner, Division of Health Care Finance and Policy Last week, I wrote about regulatory hearings the Division will hold to discuss the "APCD," also known as an all-payer claims database. Today I want to highlight 2 important ways in which the   …Continue Reading How the APCD Can Help You Understand, Use, and Pay for Your Health Care