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Current Issues (February 2015)

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Think Tank – TechSpring Center Brings Silicon Valley Model to Springfield

A child is discharged from the hospital after having surgery, but a few days later his mother fears he has developed….

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Also Inside

Opinion Screening Is Key to Battling Kidney Disease

Our kidneys may be small — each about the size of a fist — but these vital organs perform critical….

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Physician Practices Should Watch These Trends in 2015

We at the Physician Practice Resource Center want to share three important trends that we know are going to impact….

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A Focus on Innovation – PillCam Colon Offers Some Unique Perspective on the Future

Noble Hospital is far from the largest facility in the nation — or even the state — but it’s leading….

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Cost Control – High-deductible Health Plans Find Fertile Soil

Pay now or pay later? Employers and consumers shopping for health insurance have to ask themselves a version of this….

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Winning Strategies – Harvard Pilgrim Strives to Increase Presence in Western Mass.

When Harvard Pilgrim Health Care members visit a doctor who recommends a test or procedure, they can quickly compare the….

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The More You Know – State Touts Consumer Healthcare Transparency Campaign

A  healthcare transparency campaign introduced late last year aims to educate consumers about new health-insurance cost-estimator tools that allow them to….

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The New ABLE Act – Law Helps the Disabled Gain Greater Control of Their Financial Lives

The House and Senate, together with President Obama, recently passed the ABLE (Achieving a Better Life Experience) Act of 2014…..

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Get the Facts – Is Human Growth Hormone a Key to Slowing the Aging Process?

Growth hormone is produced by the pituitary gland — a pea-sized structure at the base of the brain — to….

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Sizing Things Up – Questions and Answers About Various Weight-loss Options

Q. I have tried unsuccessfully in the past to lose weight on my own. Why is it so hard? A. Because food….

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Career Pulse

Carlis Takes Reins of CDH Cancer Center NORTHAMPTON — Avital Levy Carlis has joined Cooley Dickinson Hospital as administrative director of….

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Physician Compensation – A Review of Your Formula, and Some Changes, May Be in Order

When your medical practice was formed, many agreements were voted on, and have governed the operations of your practice since….

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Saint Francis Care, Trinity Health Sign Merger Agreement

HARTFORD, Conn. — Saint Francis Care Inc. will join Trinity Health, a leading national health system, under the terms of….

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‘Change Heroes’ Needed for Baystate Children’s Hospital Radiothon

SPRINGFIELD — Baystate Children’s Hospital and 94.7 WMAS are looking for ‘Change Heroes’ to help kick off fund-raising efforts in advance….

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Midwives Offer Appointments at Chicopee Medical Center

CHICOPEE — Certified Nurse Midwives from Midwifery Care of Holyoke (MCH) have begun providing services at Chicopee Medical Center at 262….

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BCBS Grants to Support Care For Low-income, Vulnerable Populations

BOSTON — Individuals with behavioral health and other medical issues are among the highest-need, most complex patients in the healthcare system….

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Holyoke Medical Awarded Top Hospital Distinction

HOLYOKE — For the first time, the Leapfrog Group has named Holyoke Medical Center (HMC) to its annual list of Top….

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BMLH to Host ‘Look Good … Feel Better’ Program

WARE — The Baystate Regional Cancer Program at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital and the American Cancer Society will present “Look Good….

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Baystate Renews Agreement with Orthotics & Prosthetics Labs

SPRINGFIELD — Baystate Heath has renewed its agreement with Orthotics & Prosthetics Labs, naming it the provider of orthotic and prosthetic….

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Baystate Mary Lane Hospital Installs 64-slice CT Scanner

WARE — Baystate Mary Lane Hospital’s Radiology Department has completed installation of a new 64-slice CT (computed tomography) scanner. “The NeuViz….

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Mercy Continuing Care Network Recognized for Excellence

HOLYOKE — Three Mercy Continuing Care Network facilities have received the Excellence in Action award from My InnerView, the nation’s leading….

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Noble Sponsors Springfield Falcons’ ‘Pink in the Rink’ Event

WESTFIELD — Noble Hospital is the major sponsor the Springfield Falcons’ “Pink in the Rink” event on Feb. 21 against the….

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Emergency Room Physician Offers Safe Snow-removal Tips

WARE — A mild January for snowfall came to a quick end as winter storm Juno left several inches, and in some….

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