Displaced Long Island homeless crowd South End shelter

Boston Globe, October 21, 2014
Trailing the flashing lights of a police escort, the city bus completed its journey in front of a bleak building in the South End, where more officers and guards were waiting. Out filed some of the 700 former residents of Long Island, where the city's largest homeless shelter operated until earlier this month - before officials condemned the only bridge leading to the refuge on Boston Harbor. Read more »

Private-care doctors in state receive little advice on Ebola (features League & Manet CHC)

Boston Globe, October 17, 2014
Medical practices around the state face an unnerving possibility: that a patient with Ebola symptoms could show up first at the doctor's office, not the hospital. It happened Sunday when a man who had recently traveled to Liberia went to a Braintree group practice, complaining of a headache and body aches. The highly publicized response, which turned out to be a false alarm, underscored that the front line of medical care is not always the emergency room. Read more »

Partners, Mass. League of Community Health Centers provide workforce training

The Bay State Banner, October 17, 2014
Life in a community health center is fast-paced and full of energy. The staff of a health center is truly its lifeblood and plays an essential role in keeping the community healthy. That’s why Partners HealthCare and the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers are helping to ensure that health center personnel have the tools they need for professional development. Read more »

Ebola risk minimized, but fear high

Boston Globe, October 14, 2014
Fears about the deadly Ebola virus spread to Massachusetts this Columbus Day weekend, prompting holiday press conferences and reverse 911 calls to reassure a jittery public after two Ebola-related scares. On Sunday, when a man who had traveled to Liberia showed up at a Braintree clinic with flulike symptoms, he triggered a full hazmat response, and was escorted by police to a Boston hospital in an ambulance, while his car was plastered with orange biohazard signs to keep people away. Read more »

Hospitals should 'think Ebola,' CDC director says

Boston Globe, October 13, 2014
WASHINGTON — The government is telling the nation's hospitals to "think Ebola." Every hospital must know how to diagnose Ebola in people who have been in West Africa and be ready to isolate a suspected case, Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Monday. Read more »

The human issue in Long Island evacuation

Boston Globe Kevin Cullen column, October 14, 2014
Nearly a week after the debacle that was the Long Island evacuation, it remains unclear to many of those involved who actually gave the orders to leave immediately. "Ultimately, it was me," Mayor Marty Walsh told me Monday. It was a refreshing bit of honesty in a situation that has been allowed to fester over decades of inaction and buck-passing. It says something about Walsh's reputation in the homeless and recovery communities that many who serve those vulnerable populations didn't believe it was Walsh who made the chaotic evacuation happen. Read more »

5 taken from Logan plane in precaution

Boston Globe, October 13, 2014
Five passengers experiencing flu-like symptoms aboard an Emirates flight originating in Dubai were escorted off the plane Monday afternoon by a team in full hazmat suits at Logan International Airport, and other passengers were kept on board for nearly three hours while officials assessed the situation. Read more »

Boston patient deemed unlikely to have Ebola virus

Boston Globe, October 12, 2014
BRAINTREE Massachusetts had its first Ebola scare Sunday as dozens of workers and patients were quarantined for hours at a Braintree medical facility, but by late evening fears that a man had been infected with the deadly virus appeared unfounded. Read more »

Harbor bridge closing brings hunt for new shelters, services

Boston Globe, October 10, 2014
City officials were scrambling Thursday to find shelter for more than 400 homeless people and as many as 300 others in recovery programs on Long Island after a state inspection found that an aging two-lane bridge connecting the island in Boston Harbor to the mainland was too dangerous for vehicles to cross. Read more »

State vows easier time on rebuilt Mass. Health Connector site

Boston Globe, October 10, 2014
When people shop online for health insurance through the Massachusetts Health Connector next month, they will have a radically different experience than the trouble they encountered last year, state officials promised Thursday. Read more »

Health Connector website update, by the numbers

WBUR COmmonHealth, October 9, 2014
Confidence: That's the mantra among state and private contractors working to replace the Health Connector website that failed so spectacularly last year. Read more »

Boston homeless shelter evacuated following bridge inspection

Boston Globe, October 8, 2014
Residents of the city's Long Island Homeless Shelter will have a new place to sleep Wednesday night. Read more »

How the Ebola outbreak spun out of control

Boston Globe opinion editorial, October 8, 2014
With Ebola infections increasing, and the death toll rising, the World Health Organization is now calling Ebola “the most severe acute public health emergency seen in modern times.” In just the past few days, the virus has infected a nurse in Spain and claimed the life of a Liberian man visiting loved ones in Dallas. On Wedneday, US officials announced a new program to screen airline passengers entering the country from West Africa. Read more »

Mass. becomes first state to require price tags for health care

WBUR, October 8, 2014
Massachusetts has launched a new era of shopping. It began last week. Did you notice? Right this minute, if you have private health insurance, you can go to your health insurer's website and find the price of everything from an office visit to an MRI to a Cesarean section. For the first time, health care prices are public. Read more »

Gubernatorial rivals spar over child agency, health care

Boston Globe, October 8, 2014
Democrat Martha Coakley and Republican Charlie Baker were more combative in their second debate, quarreling pointedly Tuesday night over the state's troubled child protection system and spiraling health care costs. The hourlong debate exposed some of the rising tensions that have animated the race since a pro-Baker super PAC launched a blistering ad accusing Coakley of failing to protect abused children in the state's Department of Children and Families. Read more »

FQHCs offer more care to uninsured, Medicaid patients

HealthData Management, October 7, 2014
Federally Qualified Health Centers granted new patient appointments to Medicaid beneficiaries and uninsured patients at higher rates than other primary care practices (non-FQHCs)--in addition to charging less for visits--according to results of a new 10-state study. Read more »

Ebola outbreak a wake-up call to the world

Boston Globe, October 6, 2014
For generations, Americans have seen advertisements featuring children with wide eyes and distended bellies, or faces marred by birth defects. Some of us have written checks before moving on. But our collective attitude toward sick people on the other side of the world has slowly been shifting. Read more »

No program for inmates at life's end

Boston Globe, October 6, 2014
James Flowers has spent nearly 50 years in prison for murdering a Springfield liquor store clerk. But these days, he spends most of his time in a hospital bed, immobile, mute, and suffering from end-stage dementia. At least one doctor has said the 72-year-old has only months to live. Read more »

States with most gun owners have more 'non-stranger' homicides

Boston Globe, October 6, 2014
Mass gun attacks - such as the 2012 killing of 27 children and adults in Newtown, Conn. — usually prompt calls for changes in gun laws. Gun-rights advocates contend better-armed civilians can fend off attacks by strangers in their homes, while gun-control activists argue that deadly firearms need to be kept out of the hands of potential killers through tougher gun laws. Read more »

Tests clear doctor of Ebola, CDC says

Boston Globe, October 5, 2014
WORCESTER — The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that Dr. Richard A. Sacra had tested negative for an Ebola relapse, UMass Memorial Medical Center announced in a statement Sunday night. Sacra was removed from the isolation unit at the hospital. Read more »