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Monthly Archives: February 2011

Recognition for reducing hospital readmissions Posted on Feb 25

Recognition for reducing hospital readmissions

Posted by: JudyAnn Bigby, MD, Secretary of Health and Human Services   One of the top priorities for the Patrick-Murray Administration and the Executive Office of Health and Human Services is to find ways to deliver quality care to individuals and contain the rising costs   …Continue Reading Recognition for reducing hospital readmissions

Weekly Flu Report, February 24, 2011 Posted on Feb 24

As RTF: Download Weekly_flu_report_2_24_11  As PDF: Download Weekly_flu_report_2_24_11 Rates of flu-like illness in the state continued their upward creep this week. If past normal flu seasons are any guide, it's likely that we'll see flu rates hit their peak over the next few weeks. That's the good news —   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, February 24, 2011

Bundled Payments: What and How? Posted on Feb 24

Bundled Payments: What and How?

   Today, the most widely used method of paying for health care services in Massachusetts is fee-for-service – where each service provided is priced and paid for separately.  Virtually everyone agrees that one of the ways to lower health care costs is to move away   …Continue Reading Bundled Payments: What and How?

Practicing What She Preaches: Katia’s journey to health Posted on Feb 22

Practicing What She Preaches: Katia’s journey to health

  Written by Katia Powell Katia is a Doctoral student in Public Policy and an intern at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health   My life has always been filled with people, love, laughter, and purpose. Despite this, I have always felt a sense of emptiness, and used   …Continue Reading Practicing What She Preaches: Katia’s journey to health

A Massachusetts milestone: health care payment reform legislation Posted on Feb 18

A Massachusetts milestone: health care payment reform legislation

Posted by: JudyAnn Bigby, MD, Secretary of Health and Human Services Yesterday marked a health care milestone in Massachusetts which I’m particularly pleased to blog about: Governor Patrick announced comprehensive health care payment and delivery reform legislation that is designed to control rising health care   …Continue Reading A Massachusetts milestone: health care payment reform legislation

Weekly Flu Report, February 17, 2011 Posted on Feb 17

As RTF: Download Weekly_flu_ report_2_17_11  As PDF: Download Weekly_flu_ report_2_17_11 Don't be fooled by the milder temperatures the past couple of days — as this week's flu report indicates, rates of flu-like illness continue to climb across Massachusetts. Flu season doesn't usually hit its peak   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, February 17, 2011

Weekly Flu Report, February 10, 2011 Posted on Feb 10

As RTF: Download Weekly_flu_report_2_10_11  As PDF: Download Weekly_flu_report_2_10_11 Rates of flu-like illness continues to rise in Massachusetts this past week, and are expected to continue to climb in the weeks ahead. We can't know for sure when rates will peak, but one thing we are   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, February 10, 2011

Snow Shoveling Safety Posted on Feb 8

Snow Shoveling Safety

Posted by: Maya Mohan, Department of Public Health   Maya is the Physical Activity Coordinator for DPH.   I have a confession to make. I have started writing this post about 5 times now and each time I’ve started, I end up stopping because I figured   …Continue Reading Snow Shoveling Safety

Super Bowl Snacks Posted on Feb 4

Super Bowl Snacks

  Posted by: Lynn DiTaranto, Department of Public Health.   Lynn is a Nutrition Education Specialist with DPH.     February 6th is fast approaching and always a great excuse to get together with friends and family. Let’s face it—we all like to enjoy the   …Continue Reading Super Bowl Snacks

Weekly Flu Report, February 3, 2011 Posted on Feb 3

As RTF: Download Weekly_flu_report_2_3_11  As PDF: Download Weekly_flu_report_2_3_11 (2) Rates of flu-like illness in Massachusetts continue their slow but steady rise, as indicated in this week's flu report. We don't expect flu season to reach its peak until later this month or even into March   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, February 3, 2011