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Monthly Archives: December 2010

Join us for an APCD Forum Posted on Dec 9

Join us for an APCD Forum

    Over the past few months, I’ve shared various successes with you in creating an all-payer claims database (APCD).  Beginning January 31, 2011, health care payers in the Commonwealth are required to submit all health care claims data in Massachusetts to the Division.  The   …Continue Reading Join us for an APCD Forum

Reforming Primary Care In the Commonwealth: Putting the Patient First Posted on Dec 7

Reforming Primary Care In the Commonwealth: Putting the Patient First

Posted by: JudyAnn Bigby, MD, Secretary of Health and Human Services   Last week, the Executive Office of Health and Human Services announced the invitation of 46 primary care practices to participate in the Patient-Centered Medical Home Initiative.  This is a tremendous milestone in a   …Continue Reading Reforming Primary Care In the Commonwealth: Putting the Patient First

Healthy Holiday Eating Posted on Dec 7

Healthy Holiday Eating

  Posted by: Lynn DiTaranto, Department of Public Health.   Lynn is a Nutrition Education Specialist with DPH.     It’s December and holiday foods are on my mind (and maybe yours too). Making healthy food choices can be tough, especially where festive snacks and   …Continue Reading Healthy Holiday Eating

Weekly Flu Report, December 2, 2010 Posted on Dec 3

As RTF: Download Weekly_flu_report_12_2_10  As PDF: Download Weekly_flu_report_12_2_10 This week's flu report shows a slight increase in flu-like illness in the state, which is to be expected as flu season starts to gear up. This week's report also coincides with National Influenza Vaccination week, which   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, December 2, 2010

New Report on HIV/AIDS in Massachusetts Posted on Dec 1

In conjunction with World AIDS Day, DPH has released its 4th annual report on the impact of HIV/AIDS in the state: Intersecting Risks: HIV Infection Among Heterosexual Females and Males in Massachusetts. The report focuses on issues and trends related to HIV transmission among people   …Continue Reading New Report on HIV/AIDS in Massachusetts

Bundled Payments: Progress Update Posted on Dec 1

Bundled Payments: Progress Update

    Over the past few months, I've provided you with updates regarding the Division's work on Chapter 288, the small business health care bill passed in August. Section 64 of Chapter 288 directs the Division to foster the adoption of one of many an   …Continue Reading Bundled Payments: Progress Update