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Status of primary care system keeps slipping New Blog Entry Page

May 16, 2024     

More and more doctors leaving practices, some cancer screenings down          - Jennifer Smith, Commonwealth Beacon, Thursday, May 16, 2024        BY ALMOST EVERY almost every significant metric, primary care in Massachusetts is...

More and more doctors leaving practices, some cancer screenings down          - Jennifer Smith, Commonwealth Beacon, Thursday, May 16, 2024        BY ALMOST EVERY almost every significant metric, primary care in Massachusetts is... READ MORE

About a third of Mass. voters are unhappy with health care access, new poll shows

April 26, 2024     

Dissatisfaction was highest among Hispanic residents.   Dr. Barbara Spivak, a primary care doctor in Watertown and the president of the Massachusetts Medical Society, said primary care doctors make 20 percent less...

Dissatisfaction was highest among Hispanic residents.   Dr. Barbara Spivak, a primary care doctor in Watertown and the president of the Massachusetts Medical Society, said primary care doctors make 20 percent less... READ MORE

Massachusetts Health Care Costs Rose Sharply Again In 2022

March 13, 2024     

Consumers, Hospitals Lose Ground As Total Spending Increased 5.8 PercentColin A. Young, State House News Service, Wednesday, March 13, 2024MARCH 13, 2024.....As policymakers this week examine a law meant to...

Consumers, Hospitals Lose Ground As Total Spending Increased 5.8 PercentColin A. Young, State House News Service, Wednesday, March 13, 2024MARCH 13, 2024.....As policymakers this week examine a law meant to... READ MORE

State Takes First Look At Pediatric Hospital Readmissions

October 19, 2023     

 BOSTON (State House News Service) — Unplanned hospital readmissions are viewed by health care analysts as a measure of system performance and quality, and new state data marks the inaugural look...

 BOSTON (State House News Service) — Unplanned hospital readmissions are viewed by health care analysts as a measure of system performance and quality, and new state data marks the inaugural look... READ MORE

The Costs of Drug Pricing Middlemen - CommonWealth Magazine

October 02, 2023     

In the fight against ever-rising drug prices, attention is increasingly zeroing in on a little-noticed middleman of the pharmaceutical chain – pharmacy benefit managers. Pharmacy benefit managers, or PBMs, are the...

In the fight against ever-rising drug prices, attention is increasingly zeroing in on a little-noticed middleman of the pharmaceutical chain – pharmacy benefit managers. Pharmacy benefit managers, or PBMs, are the... READ MORE

Report on Mass. hospital finances 2022 highlight cost of temporary staffing - Boston Business Journal

September 29, 2023     

 The cost of temporary staffing at Massachusetts hospitals doubled in 2022, according to a new state report, leading to a significant drop in the profitability of local hospitals.“CHIA’s latest report...

 The cost of temporary staffing at Massachusetts hospitals doubled in 2022, according to a new state report, leading to a significant drop in the profitability of local hospitals.“CHIA’s latest report... READ MORE

Lawmakers Weigh Solutions For “Terribly Underfunded” Primary Care

September 13, 2023     

It was pretty clear which of the 24 bills on the docket Tuesday would command the bulk of the Health Care Financing Committee's attention from the get-go. Five people were...

It was pretty clear which of the 24 bills on the docket Tuesday would command the bulk of the Health Care Financing Committee's attention from the get-go. Five people were... READ MORE

Black and Hispanic patients admitted and return to the hospital in higher rates than others, study finds - The Boston Globe

August 23, 2023     

  New state data shows that Black and Hispanic residents are using hospital services at higher rates than other groups, potentially pointing to uneven challenges accessing primary care and differences in...

  New state data shows that Black and Hispanic residents are using hospital services at higher rates than other groups, potentially pointing to uneven challenges accessing primary care and differences in... READ MORE

Massachusetts' biggest hospitals are also the most expensive, CHIA report finds - Boston Business Journal

August 17, 2023     

Hospital executives recognize how much more expensive it is to care for patients in academic medical centers, and are making efforts to keep patients local. It's significantly more expensive to receive...

Hospital executives recognize how much more expensive it is to care for patients in academic medical centers, and are making efforts to keep patients local. It's significantly more expensive to receive... READ MORE

Rising Costs Ripple Through Health Care Landscape - State House News Service

August 16, 2023     

Growing Premiums At Heart Of "Unaffordable Medical Inflation"   STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, AUG. 16, 2023.....The net worth of health insurance plans in Massachusetts swelled during the pandemic years, as ratepayer premiums...

Growing Premiums At Heart Of "Unaffordable Medical Inflation"   STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, AUG. 16, 2023.....The net worth of health insurance plans in Massachusetts swelled during the pandemic years, as ratepayer premiums... READ MORE