Duxbury children’s death sparks discussion on mental health treatment

Doctors in Massachusetts are reminding those facing mental health struggles that they don’t need to rush to seek treatment following the deaths of two children in Duxbury. Plymouth County District Attorney Tim Cruz said first responders found three children unconscious and suffering severe trauma inside their Summer Street home Tuesday night. Two of those children, … Read more

Kate Walsh appointed Massachusetts Health and Human Services secretary

Massachusetts Gov. Maura Haley on Wednesday appointed Kate Walsh, the current chief executive officer of the Boston Medical Center Health System, as secretary of the executive office of Health and Human Services. “Kate Walsh is the leader Massachusetts needs for this moment in health care,” Haley said. “She has a proven track record of delivering … Read more

Point32Health taps health inclusion for LGBTQ+ care

After traditionally offering virtual care and navigation services to employers, Incorporated Health is now moving into the health plan arena. The LGBTQ+ community teams up with Point32Health to serve its commercial members in companies announced Wednesday. based in san francisco Incorporated Health Provides patients with access to virtual and in-person urgent care, primary care, behavioral … Read more

Boston hospital employee accused of raping patient at Back Bay Health Center

A 39-year-old Boston medical worker has been charged with rape and assault and battery after a patient accused him of conducting an additional medical test. Damien Knighton pleaded not guilty during his appearance in Roxbury District Court on Thursday. The victim, a male, told Boston police that a staff member at the MGH Back Bay … Read more

CommonSpirit Health CEO at JPM: Some providers will be commodities

Wright Lassiter III, who was named CEO of CommonSpirit Health last April, outlined his vision for reviving his massive nonprofit’s finances at a JPMorgan healthcare conference on Monday. The convention returns to San Francisco after a two-year pandemic break and feels bursting as usual. Cracking a few jokes, Lassiter acknowledged he’s not here to take … Read more

Can Data Solve the Behavioral Health Outcomes Inequality Dilemma?

Nearly twenty years ago, the Institute of Medicine (now the National Academy of Medicine) published “Unequal Treatment: Confronting Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care.” In this landmark report, NAM noted that “a large body of published research suggests that racial and ethnic minorities experience lower quality of health services and are also less likely … Read more

The Recorder – Workforce shortages continue in the health care industry

Health care leaders are trying to find new ways to retain and recruit employees as the staffing shortage, which began in 2020, worsens across the country. There’s no clear answer to the labor shortage, and in Massachusetts, health care professionals say it’s going to take more than one solution to figure it out. In state … Read more

Athol Daily News – Workforce shortage continues to hit health care industry

Health care leaders across the sector are trying to find new ways to retain and recruit staff, as staffing shortages, which began in 2020, worsen across the country. There’s no clear answer to the labor shortage, and in Massachusetts, health professionals say it’s going to take more than one solution to figure it out. In … Read more

Health equality is everyone’s business; Success requires community voice and a strategy rooted in data

Health equity affects all of us directly or indirectly and a lack of equity can push us into financial trouble. Health equity is a fair and just opportunity for everyone to achieve their full potential in all aspects of health and well-being. Health disparities cost us $320 billion a year. If we do not change … Read more

Healthcare Access and Equity: Women’s Health and Technology Hold the Keys

While the quality of US health care and patient outcomes have generally increased over time, access to care – and thus to positive patient outcomes – is not the same for all people. Overall, one in 10 Americans does not have health insurance, the result of a system crumbling under the weight of high costs … Read more