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Monthly Archives: March 2011

Weekly Flu Report, March 31, 2011 Posted on Mar 31

As RTF: Download Weekly flu report_3_31_11  As PDF: Download Weekly flu report_3_31_11 This week's report shows that flu-like illness continues to be seen across the state, even as rates have been declining from week to week. Flu is unpredictable, though, and we expect flu season   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, March 31, 2011

Upcoming APCD Forums Posted on Mar 28

Upcoming APCD Forums

  Back in April 2010, when DHCFP first proposed regulations to create an all-payer claims database (ACPD), certain aspects of the proposal were intentionally left broad in order to allow for further future refinement.  This coming May, DHCFP will receive health care claims data filings   …Continue Reading Upcoming APCD Forums

Weekly Flu Report, March 24, 2011 Posted on Mar 25

As RTF: Download Weekly_flu_report_3_24_11   As PDF: Download Weekly_flu_report_3_24_11 This week's flu report shows that flu-like illness continues at a steady rate in Massachusetts. If you haven't gotten your flu vaccine yet, call your health care provider or stop by your local pharmacy. Flu vaccine is   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, March 24, 2011

An Update on the Financial Performance of Massachusetts Hospitals Posted on Mar 25

An Update on the Financial Performance of Massachusetts Hospitals

  Earlier today, we released our quarterly report on the financial performance of Massachusetts hospitals.  This edition includes the first three quarters of fiscal year 2010.  Overall, hospitals did well.  More than three-fourths of the Commonwealth’s sixty-five acute hospitals earned a profit during the period,   …Continue Reading An Update on the Financial Performance of Massachusetts Hospitals

Celebrating the passage of the Affordable Care Act and Massachusetts’ role shaping it Posted on Mar 23

Celebrating the passage of the Affordable Care Act and Massachusetts’ role shaping it

Posted by: JudyAnn Bigby, MD, Secretary of Health and Human Services   Today we celebrate the one-year anniversary of the enactment of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, known to many by its nickname, ACA.  This historic legislation, closely modeled after the health care   …Continue Reading Celebrating the passage of the Affordable Care Act and Massachusetts’ role shaping it

Comer saludable ¡sin renunciar a lo nuestro! Posted on Mar 22

Comer saludable ¡sin renunciar a lo nuestro!

 Posted by Maria Gonzalez Maria is the Community Health Education Manager at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Saborear nuestros ricos platos es un placer al que pocos están dispuestos a renunciar a la hora de comer más saludable. Pero ¿y si les dijera que   …Continue Reading Comer saludable ¡sin renunciar a lo nuestro!

Kindergarteners Celebrate Nutrition All Year Long Posted on Mar 22

Kindergarteners Celebrate Nutrition All Year Long

Commissioner Scott Soares Commissioner, Department of Agriculture Resources (DAR) View Commissioner Soares’ Bio March may be National Nutrition Month, but 300 children in 12 Worcester kindergarten classrooms were already thinking about healthy local food since the start of the school year. The Kindergarten Initiative, in   …Continue Reading Kindergarteners Celebrate Nutrition All Year Long

APCD: An Example of Engagement and Transparency Posted on Mar 18

APCD: An Example of Engagement and Transparency

The all-payer claims database (APCD) is a good example of our commitment to transparency and engagement. At our May 2010 public hearing to discuss the draft APCD regulations for both the collection and release of health care claims data, we heard testimony from dozens of   …Continue Reading APCD: An Example of Engagement and Transparency

Combatamos la Obesidad… ¡DPH visita Centro en WBZ TV! Posted on Mar 18

Combatamos la Obesidad… ¡DPH visita Centro en WBZ TV!

 Posted by Maria Gonzalez Maria is the Community Health Education Manager at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.   Esta semana estuve en los estudios de WBZ TV – CBS Boston, para compartir con la presentadora y productora del segmento Centro, Yadires Nova Salcedo, lo   …Continue Reading Combatamos la Obesidad… ¡DPH visita Centro en WBZ TV!

Aprenda a mantenerse saludable… ¡DPH visita Encuentro Latino! Posted on Mar 17

Aprenda a mantenerse saludable… ¡DPH visita Encuentro Latino!

  Posted by María González Maria is the Community Health Education Manager at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.  El pasado viernes estuve en los estudios de Encuentro Latino, el programa televisivo con formato de entrevistas en español que más tiempo lleva en el aire   …Continue Reading Aprenda a mantenerse saludable… ¡DPH visita Encuentro Latino!