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AMA Letter to U.S. Senate: Reform Bill Violates Tenet of ‘First, Do No Harm’

Dear Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer: On behalf of the physician and medical-student members of the….

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Six Keys to Improving the Patient Experience

How does developing the customer-service skills of your team improve healthcare? And why does it matter? At the Physician Practice Resource….

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Heat of the Moment – Summer Activities Bring Risk, but Problems Are Preventable

It’s not exactly news that kids spend too much time indoors, sedentary, in thrall to their electronic devices. The warm….

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Hot Topic – Why You Need Sunscreen This Summer

Many of us are far too familiar with the unsightly consequences of having too much fun in the sun (redness,….

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Tick Talk – Take Steps to Lower Your Risk for Lyme Disease

Summertime has arrived, and with it comes swimming, hiking, outdoor traveling … and ticks. If you enjoy hiking, gardening, or….

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Some Straight Answers – New Strategies Being Applied to Age-old Efforts to Align Teeth

As long as there have been mouths to feed, there have been crooked teeth. And since ancient times, it seems,….

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Nothing to Fear – Strong & Healthy Smiles Stresses Preventative Care

Dr. Sue Keller jokes that she’s been interested in dentistry since she was 6, when she wasn’t able to eat….

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Women Only – Examining the Right to Provide Gender-exclusive Services

In recent weeks, a Texas movie theatre sparked controversy by holding several women-only screenings of the new Wonder Woman movie,….

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Survey Says – Osteoporosis Patients Worry About Loss of Independence

Loss of independence (42%) and lost mobility (25%) ranked as the leading concerns about aging for osteoporosis patients who responded….

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Keeping Blood Pressure in Check – Home Monitoring Should Become Part of One’s Routine

Q: I recently heard a report on the news about a new study that said home blood-pressure monitors are often….

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CAREER PULSE – JULY 2017

Providence Ministries Names Rudder Executive Director HOLYOKE — The Providence Ministries for the Needy Inc. (PMN) board of trustees named….

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ON THE CALENDAR – JULY 17

Support Group for Loss Due to Substance Abuse July 10: HospiceCare in the Berkshires and the Berkshire Medical Center Pastoral….

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A Challenge for Private Practice – Succession Planning Is an Often-overlooked Priority

In today’s economic landscape, there are a number of challenges facing private medical practices. The financial environment of the private….

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Physicians Urged to Address Weight Bias to Improve Patient Care

By DANIELLE DICENZO Nearly two-thirds of the American population are overweight or have obesity. According to an article published in Obesity,….

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Communities Must Unite Against Bullying and Harassment

By JANE ROULIER In schools, on the streets, in relationships, and online, girls in communities across the country are experiencing….

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Pipeline to Progress – Elms DNP Programs Prepare Nurses for Advanced Roles

Three years ago, Elms College launched its Doctorate of Nursing Practice program in response to the specific needs of area….

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Time and Space – AIC Online Program Brings New Facet to Nursing Education

Mary Tarbell says she found the photo, circa 1978, in a drawer at home. It now resides in her office….

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Where There’s Smoke – As Marijuana Law Gets Tweaked, Doctors Remain Vigilant

When Massachusetts voters approved a ballot question in November legalizing marijuana for recreational purposes, a brave new world of open….

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A Better Model of CARe – Innovative Strategy for Patient Grievances Gains Traction

In the five years since a number of pilot hospitals in Massachusetts began gathering data on a new kind of….

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Battling COPD – National Action Plan Aims to Reduce Burden of This Killer

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), along with federal and non-federal partners, recently released the first-ever COPD National….

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On The Calendar – June 2017

Baystate Health Blood Donor Mobile June 8: The Baystate Health Blood Donor Mobile will host a blood drive from 11….

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Career Pulse – June 2017

STCC Appoints Scott Dean of Health & Patient Simulation SPRINGFIELD — Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) announced the hiring of Christopher Scott….

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Retirement-plan Administration – Take Needed Steps to Avoid What Can Be Very Costly Pitfalls

July 31 is fast approaching. For some, this is another day on the calendar. For those practices with an employee-benefit….

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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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