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  • 20 Mar 2019 3:38 PM | Denny Brennan (Administrator)

    Wednesday, March 20, 2019 | The National Law Review

    Momentum and support continues to build for telehealth commercial coverage laws across the United States, designed to ensure that covered members of health insurance plans can enjoy the full scope of their medical benefits – whether in-person or virtually. Last summer, the Massachusetts Legislature considered a sweeping telehealth bill that would have instituted certain requirements for insurance coverage. Although the 2018 legislative session ended before the proposed legislation was approved, Massachusetts legislators recently filed five new telehealth bills for consideration. 

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  • 18 Mar 2019 4:25 PM | Denny Brennan (Administrator)

    Susan Morse, Senior Editor | Healthcare Finance | March 18, 2019

    The joint not-for-profit healthcare company Haven has hired another key executive, Dr. Sandhya Rao from Partners HealthCare.

    Rao, senior medical director of Partners Population Health in Boston, is Haven's new vice president of clinical strategy, according to CNBC.

    Haven CEO Dr. Atul Gawande is a general and endocrine surgeon at Brigham and Women's, which is part of Partners, one of the largest health systems in Massachusetts.

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  • 18 Mar 2019 1:46 PM | Denny Brennan (Administrator)

    Healthcare IT News | By Nathan Eddy | March 18, 2019

    Using the Massachusetts Prescription Awareness Tool will create better access to prescription data for clinicians at Partners.

    Partners HealthCare announced integration of the Massachusetts Prescription Awareness Tool (MassPAT), which enables access for providers to help prevent and manage substance use disorders, directly into its electronic health record (EHR) system.

    MassPAT is an online tool that promotes safe prescribing and dispensing patterns by allowing prescribers and pharmacists to access their patient’s prescriptive history within the past year.

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  • 13 Mar 2019 3:17 PM | Denny Brennan (Administrator)

    Jessica Bartlett – Reporter, Boston Business Journal

    Insulin spending in Massachusetts skyrocketed 50 percent in just three years, according to a new state study. The increase is the latest example of the state’s continued issues around drug spending increases and health care affordability.

    The Health Policy Commission analysis was released Wednesday during a hearing, as the independent agency seeks to establish a benchmark for Massachusetts health care spending growth next year.

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  • 11 Mar 2019 2:09 PM | Denny Brennan (Administrator)

    March 8, 2019 | Anne Zieger | Healthcare IT Today

    This seems to be the year in which voice assistants begin to show up in healthcare environments. I don’t know if we’re going to see them make much of a direct impact on care delivery yet, but if nothing else clinicians and IT departments are getting the chance to feel out their capabilities.

    The most recent example I’ve seen of this trend comes from Cedars-Sinai, which is piloting the use of an Alexa-powered platform allowing patients to interact hands-free with nurses and manage entertainment options. Patients in more than 100 patient rooms will interact with the platform, which is known as Aiva, via an Amazon Echo device.

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  • 22 Feb 2019 11:24 AM | Denny Brennan (Administrator)

    Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts ("Blue Cross") today announced the addition of three new senior leaders who each will play a critical role in integrating company operations with corporate strategy and analytics. Richard Lynch joins the company as chief operating officer, while Sukanya Soderland becomes chief strategy officer and Himanshu Arora takes the newly created role of chief data and analytics officer.

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  • 20 Feb 2019 1:38 PM | Denny Brennan (Administrator)

    The executives featured on this list lead technology and health IT initiatives for large and small healthcare providers across the U.S. They oversee EHR installations, cybersecurity, new patient portals and telemedicine advancements. Many have built robust technology departments and teams, including clinical and non-clinical experts. 

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  • 19 Feb 2019 3:49 PM | Denny Brennan (Administrator)

    Jessica Bartlett, Reporter | Boston Business Journal | Feb 18, 2019

    Partners HealthCare has named Dr. Anne Klibanski as interim president and CEO of the organization, weeks after its current leader announced his retirement.

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  • 19 Feb 2019 3:47 PM | Denny Brennan (Administrator)

    Jessica Bartlett, Reporter | Boston Business Journal | Feb 19, 2019

    Cambridge Health Alliance CEO Patrick Wardell has announced that he will retire from the role in June, leaving after seven years as CEO of the community health system.

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  • 12 Feb 2019 11:30 AM | Denny Brennan (Administrator)

    Jessica Bartlett | Boston Business Journal | Feb 11, 2019

    When the Connell building was constructed on St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center campus in 2009, hospital leaders had a vision — one day it would house three floors of some of the hospital’s sickest patients.

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