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Weekly Flu Report, April 14, 2011 posted on Apr 15

As RTF: Download Weekly_flu_report_4_14_11 As PDF: Download Weekly_flu_report_4_14_11 Please click on either link to view this week's flu report. As expected, flu activity is continuing its downward trend.

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

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

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

Recognition for reducing hospital readmissions

Recognition for reducing hospital readmissions posted on Feb 25

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

A Massachusetts milestone: health care payment reform legislation

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

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

The problem with health care in Massachusetts: The way we pay for it.

The problem with health care in Massachusetts: The way we pay for it. posted on Jan 28

Posted by: JudyAnn Bigby, MD, Secretary of Health and Human Services   In the four years since I assumed the role of Health and Human Services Secretary of Massachusetts, residents of the Commonwealth have witnessed significant changes in the health care landscape. We have successfully   …Continue Reading The problem with health care in Massachusetts: The way we pay for it.

Weekly Flu Report, December 30, 2010 posted on Dec 30

As RTF: Download Weekly_flu_report_12_30_10 As PDF: Download Weekly_flu_report_12_30_10 Flu season is here and – as expected - we are continuing to see an increase in flu-like illness across the state. There is still plenty of flu vaccine available so be sure to get and your family vaccinated as   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, December 30, 2010

Weekly Flu Report, December 22, 2010 posted on Dec 23

As RTF: Download Weekly_flu_report_12_22_10 As PDF: Download Weekly_flu_report_12_22_10 As expected for this time of year, rates of flu-like illness in Massachusetts are continuing to increase. As you get ready to celebrate the holidays, there is no better time to get your flu shot to keep you and   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, December 22, 2010

Reforming Primary Care In the Commonwealth: Putting the Patient First

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

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

Breast Cancer Awareness and Prevention

Breast Cancer Awareness and Prevention posted on Oct 19

Posted by: JudyAnn Bigby, MD, Secretary of Health and Human Services October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is not only a time be aware of breast cancer, but it’s an opportunity to learn more about the proactive steps women can take to protect themselves.    …Continue Reading Breast Cancer Awareness and Prevention

Kudos to Department of Children and Families Commissioner McClain

Kudos to Department of Children and Families Commissioner McClain posted on Sep 27

Posted by: JudyAnn Bigby, MD, Secretary of Health and Human Services   During a legislative hearing last November, Department of Children and Families (DCF) Commissioner Angelo McClain attributed his motivation to accept the role of DCF Commissioner to his own experience as a youth within   …Continue Reading Kudos to Department of Children and Families Commissioner McClain