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Mass. lawmakers discuss behavioral healthcare crisis

Mass. lawmakers discuss behavioral healthcare crisis

By Andis Robeznieks  |  July 04, 2015

Lawmakers in Massachusetts are debating bills that seek to reduce boarding of behavioral health patients in hospital emergency departments and to keep them from being housed in correctional facilities.

Rhode Island sees spike in STD infections

By Adam Rubenfire  |  May 30, 2015

Rates of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise in Rhode Island, a trend the state's health department attributes to better testing as well as increased rates of high-risk sexual behavior. And social media also could be playing a role.

Tufts, Boston Medical Center call off merger discussions

Tufts, Boston Medical Center call off merger discussions

By Adam Rubenfire  |  May 16, 2015

Tufts Medical Center and Boston Medical Center won't be merging after all. The two academic institutions announced in December that they would “explore a partnership,” but said last week that they had decided against it.

Trinity Health, N.Y. hospital try again on acquisition

By Melanie Evans  |  May 02, 2015

Trinity Health struck a definitive agreement to acquire St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center in Syracuse, N.Y. The health system previously negotiated with the hospital but failed to reach a deal.

N.Y. docs offered free sneakers in Medicaid scam—prosecutors

By Modern Healthcare  |  April 04, 2015

Authorities investigating allegations of a Medicaid scam involving doctors and others in New York City recall coming across something curious in a lower floor of a clinic: stacks of shoeboxes containing cheap, off-brand sneakers, boots and sandals in a variety of sizes.

N.Y. e-prescribing delay sounds cautionary note for other states

N.Y. e-prescribing delay sounds cautionary note for other states

By Adam Rubenfire  |  March 21, 2015

New York's attempt to become the first state to penalize physicians who don't use e-prescription software has been pushed back a year and an old health information technology villain is being blamed—software that has yet to be certified for provider use.

Massachusetts slams Partners' plan to buy physicians group

By Lisa Schencker  |  March 14, 2015

Boston-based Partners HealthCare, only weeks after it lost an antitrust battle regarding planned acquisitions, is in the crosshairs again, this time from the Massachusetts attorney general, for the planned purchase of a doctors group.

Patient advocates oppose defunding N.Y. doc profile site

By Andis Robeznieks  |  February 28, 2015

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposal to save $1.2 million by defunding the state's website is coming under fire from a coalition of 16 patient- and consumer-advocacy groups who call the plan “a dangerous step backwards in the effort for greater transparency in healthcare.”

Partners HealthCare drops plans to acquire South Shore

Partners HealthCare drops plans to acquire South Shore

By Lisa Schencker  |  February 21, 2015

Boston-based Partners HealthCare has abandoned plans to acquire South Shore Hospital, South Weymouth, Mass., in light of a court ruling spiking its deal with state regulators to address antitrust concerns.

Three Pennsylvania systems form population health partnership

By Adam Rubenfire  |  February 14, 2015

Primary-care networks Tandigm Health and Innovative Wellness Alliance are entering into an agreement with Huntingdon Valley, Pa.-based Holy Redeemer Health System that will bring the organizations closer to a population-health model.

Blizzard spares New York City in East Coast storm

By Adam Rubenfire  |  January 31, 2015

Hospitals in New England, especially in Massachusetts, bore the brunt of the winter storm that hit the East Coast early last week, with some areas reporting more than 20 inches of snow and strong winds.

Penn State Health plans to acquire CHI hospital, and other news

By Adam Rubenfire  |  January 24, 2015

Penn State Health is one step closer to acquiring another in-state hospital. Pennsylvania State University's board of trustees has approved plans for the acquisition of St. Joseph Regional Health Network from Englewood, Colo.-based Catholic Health Initiatives.

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