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Practical Tips for Aging Physicians

A  topic of increasing concern in the area of physician health is the aging physician population. According to a 2015….

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Creating a Culture of Patient Safety

T he Culture of Safety (COS) survey is a tool that helps identify areas of weakness within the practice setting….

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Nominate a Healthcare Hero – Program Recognizes Excellence, Innovation, Service to Region

The time for talk is over; the time for action is now. That’s action in the form of nominations for….

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Youth Is Served – Health, Wellness Sector Boasts Many 40 Under Forty Winners

The 40 Under Forty class of 2017, announced recently by HCN’s sister publication, BusinessWest, is like those that came before it in that….

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Holistic Approach – Women’s Health Associates Forges Proactive Partnerships

Every day, Dr. Robert Wool spends time educating patients on disease prevention and how to stay healthy. Although the founder….

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A Matter of Time – Stroke Is a Common Killer of Women — but Doesn’t Have to Be

Everyone knows women who are fiercely independent and used to doing everything for themselves. Getting to the hospital after a….

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Therapeutic Relaxation – Puffer’s Salon & Spa Adds Oncology Massage to Its Offerings

Last November, licensed massage therapist Jillian Otis was assigned to play the role of a woman with breast cancer during….

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Virtual Breakthrough – Now, Women Can View Breast-surgery Results in Advance

Dr. Glen Brooks understands that preparing for cosmetic surgery can be an anxious time, especially for women unsure of what….

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A Legislative Update – Several Bills Bear Watching by Business Owners, Managers

There are a number of bills currently under consideration within the Massachusetts Legislature that impact business owners and managers and….

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Not a Sweet Deal – A Diet Soda a Day Might Affect Dementia Risk, Study Suggests

One or more artificially sweetened drinks a day may be associated with higher risk of stroke and dementia, a new….

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Advance-care Planning – It’s Never Too Early to Put Important Directives in Place

Q : My elderly mother was in the hospital recently, and the nurses talked to her about advance care planning…..

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On The Calendar – May 2017

Walk of Champions May 7: The 12th annual Walk of Champions to benefit the Baystate Regional Cancer Program at Baystate….

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Career Pulse – May 2017

Mercy Names O’Brien Interim President SPRINGFIELD — New England has named Mary Elizabeth (Beth) O’Brien president of Mercy Medical Center and….

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Women’s Business Enterprise – This Certification Can Bring Many Benefits for Your Practice

So, you’re a woman and you run a medical or dental practice. In the pool of privately held small businesses….

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Why Consumers May Pay More for Medicine

By RALF BOSCHECK Healthcare spending, currently projected to grow by 5.8% annually in the U.S. and represent 20.1% of the….

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Educating Staff Pays Returns in Many Ways

By KIMBERLEY LEE Just about every day, I pass the training room. It’s hard to miss because it’s right on….

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The Search for ‘Heroes’ Begins – Categories Finalized for New Healthcare Recognition Program

HCN and BusinessWest have finalized a list of categories for a new and exciting recognition program involving the Western Mass…..

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Skeletal System – New England Orthopedic Surgeons Offers Specialized Care

Thirty years ago, Dr. Joseph Sklar and Dr. Sumner Karas were among a group of physicians who gave birth to….

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Small Steps Toward Wellness – Weldon Rehabilitation Hospital Hones Its Outpatient Programs

Almost 600,000 Americans died of cancer last year. But almost 15 million were living with — and often well beyond….

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Safety Net – Cardiac Rehabilitation Programs Help Keep Hearts Healthy

Lucille Chartier had no idea she had heart problems until a day last October when she got out of the….

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Learning Experience – OT, PT Students Spend Their Spring Break in the Field

For most college students, that third week in March is a time to pack their bathing suits and flip-flops and….

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Questions of Substance – How Can Employers Fight Addiction While Limiting Liability?

Can a job applicant be rejected because of medical-marijuana use? Can employees be let go for lawfully using narcotic pain….

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Circulating News – Physical Activity Often Benefits Older Adults with Heart Disease

Improving physical activity among older adults with heart disease benefits their heart health, independence, and quality of life, according to….

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Heart of the Matter – Ventricular-assist Device Offers New Answers in Cardiac Care

Q: I just heard about a Springfield man with heart failure who underwent a new procedure at Baystate Medical Center….

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ON THE CALENDAR – April 2017

Adapt with Pride April 15: Springfield College, in collaboration with the Center for Human Development’s (CHD) Disability Resources program, will….

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CAREER PULSE – April 2017

Semaan Joins Staff of Berkshire Health Systems PITTSFIELD — Berkshire Health Systems announced the appointment of Dr. Elie Semaan, a….

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Age-weighted Profit Sharing – This Plan May Be a Good Option for Your Medical Practice

Are you among the majority of medical practices that established a retirement plan many years ago and haven’t reviewed it….

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Closest to Retirement

The salient feature of the age-weighted profit sharing plan is the ability to skew the contribution allocation toward the older….

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Talking About Anxiety Can Help Improve Health and Well-being

Mental duress. Emotional distress. Anxiety. Depression. Panic. No matter how our emotional state of mind is described, it contributes significantly….

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Keeping Kids Healthy Includes Making Better Choices at Restaurants

Beginning this spring, large restaurant chains nationwide will be required to post calorie counts on their menus. But how will….

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Continuum of Care – Senior Living Evolves to Encompass Every Stage of Aging

Beth Vettori has sat with plenty of families stressed out from balancing their own lives with caring for an aging….

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Functional Assets – Rehab Centers Help Seniors Limit Their Limitations

Only a few generations ago, many people who had strokes did not survive, while seniors who had respiratory problems, broke….

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Aging in Place – Home Care Has Become a Critical Key to Living Independently

Home care is a far cry from, say, plumbing, Suzanne McElroy says. Sure, both careers require specialized skills, but not….

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Sight Restoration – Help, Hope Available for Vision Problems Caused by Aging

Several months ago during a routine eye exam, Louise Pugliano was told that she had cataracts in both eyes. The….

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The Write Stuff – An Estate Plan Is Only Four Documents Away

It should come as no surprise that the general population of the U.S. is aging. According to the Administration for….

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Cloudy Picture – Testosterone-therapy Trials in Older Men Bring Mixed Results

In older men with low testosterone, one year of testosterone treatment improved bone density and corrected anemia of both known….

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Know If You Are at Risk for Developing Type 2 Diabetes

American Diabetes Assoc. Alert Day, which is held every fourth Tuesday in March, is a one-day ‘wake-up call’ asking the….

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CAREER PULSE – March 2017

Roose Named VP of Mercy Behavioral Health Care SPRINGFIELD — Dr. Robert Roose has been named vice president of Mercy….

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Financial Best Practices – A Primer on Mid-level Providers and Ancillary Revenues

There are many financial challenges in owning and managing a medical practice. Expenses continue to rise while revenues decrease, requiring….

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Organizations Should Institute Diversity and Cultural Competence

Healthcare organizations should consider hiring a diverse workforce that reflects the changing demographics of the community it serves in order….

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