US could be on verge of measles outbreak, researchers warn

Boston Globe, October 9, 2015
The United States could be on the verge of larger outbreaks of measles.One in eight children under the age of 17 is susceptible to the disease and would likely get sick if exposed to the dangerous virus, researchers from Emory University in Atlanta reported Thursday. Read more »

Year since Long Island's close finds safety net tattered

Boston Globe, October 8, 2015
A year after city officials abruptly closed Long Island, evacuating hundreds of homeless residents and recovering addicts because the rickety bridge to the island was no longer safe, gaping holes remain in the city’s social safety net. Read more »

'Saint Of Boston' has treated City's homeless for three decades

CBS-TV Boston, October 8, 2015
BOSTON (CBS) – Dr. James O’Connell has been called by some the "Saint of Boston." He co-founded the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program in the 1980s, and it has since become the largest free-standing treatment center for the homeless in the country. Read more »

Hyannis health center offers gift of safety

Cape Cod Times, October 6, 2015
HYANNIS — A Hyannis man received a gift Monday from the registered nurse who came to his aid when he fell off his bicycle earlier this summer — a new helmet. "We want to give you a bicycle helmet to protect your head from now on," Sarah Simonelli, a nurse at Harbor Community Health Center, told Fabio Dias, 37, during a reunion at the health center Monday afternoon. Read more »

Baker to seek greater transparency in health care pricing

Boston Globe, October 6, 2015
Governor Charlie Baker may ask the Legislature to pass laws to push health care providers and insurers to make their prices more transparent, he said Monday, an effort that could lead consumers to choose lower-cost hospitals and keep overall health care spending lower. Read more »

Blue Cross extends revised contracts for care

Boston Globe, October 6, 2015
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts is making an aggressive push to change the way insurers pay for health care, signing three of the state's largest health systems to new contracts aimed at slowing rising medical costs. Read more »

Healthy growth in Downtown Lynn (features Lynn Community Health Center)

Lynn Item, October 5, 2015
LYNN — What began as a small mental-health clinic in 1971 has since grown into a community health center that offers primary-care services, integrated with mental-health care. Read more »

Lowell health center hires new head of clinical services

Lowell Sun, October 5, 2015
Elizabeth Hale has been named chief of clinical services at the Lowell Community Health Center. Her responsibilities will include overseeing and managing direct clinical operations of the health center and working closely with Chief Operating Officer Henry Och, who directs overall health-center operations. Read more »

Group effort helps city tackle homelessness

Boston Globe, October 5, 2015
As the sun rose over the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway on a recent morning, figures huddled next to a statue, their heads resting on backpacks as men in ties and women with dogs walked briskly past. A few hours later, tourists on the plaza at Copley Square snapped selfies not far from a person enshrouded in a gray blanket lying on a piece of cardboard. Read more »

Steward investing in emergency rooms as way to win patients

Boston Globe, October 5, 2015
TAUNTON — The first thing Kim Bassett noticed when she stepped inside Morton Hospital’s new emergency department was the noise. Actually — the lack of it. Read more »

Community Health Centers (50th anniversary feature story)

Worcester Business Journal, October 1, 2015
50 years after their inception in Boston, the community health center landscape has blossomed and evolved, from a small number of providers that acted as a safety net for the disadvantaged, to a large network of centers offering state-of-the-art health care technology and delivery for people from all walks of life. Read more »

ICD-10 debuts today, whether physicians are ready or not

Medscape, October 1, 2015
The 70,000 diagnostic codes known as ICD-10 made their long and nervously awaited debut in medical practices today. Claims for any service performed on October 1 and beyond must bear one or more of the new diagnostic codes — more numerous and complex than their ICD-9 predecessors — to establish the medical necessity for what a physician did. Read more »