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Why Consumers May Pay More for Medicine

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

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Educating Staff Pays Returns in Many Ways

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

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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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Healthcare in the U.S.: a Right or a Privilege?

The U.S. is about to embark on a great challenge: how to modify the current system of providing healthcare coverage….

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Shedding Light on an Epidemic – Caritas Ball Will Raise Money, Awareness Concerning Opioids

As he talked about the opioid epidemic engulfing the region and the nation, Dr. Robert Roose drew parallels to some….

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Recognizing Excellence, Innovation – HCN, BusinessWest to Launch Healthcare Heroes Program

Over the past decade or so, those two words have become a national brand — a brand that symbolizes many….

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Care Continuum – Why Population Health Has Become the New Treatment Model

“Ten years ago, we focused on the patient up until they left, and the mindset was, ‘they’re not my problem….

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A Culture of Safety – Hospitals Have Transformed the Way They Prevent Medical Errors

Almost two decades after its publication, the report still startles those who read it. It’s called “To Err is Human,”….

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Room to Heal – Modern Hospital Design Emphasizes Privacy, Peace of Mind

It’s called ‘ICU psychosis.’ That’s a broad term for a cluster of symptoms of delirium — ranging from agitation and….

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Cutting Concerns – Baystate’s Chair of Surgery Ponders a Rapidly Evolving Field

Dr. Nicolas Jabbour left Belgium in 1987 for what he thought woukd be a short stint in the Big Apple…..

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Help Wanted – EEOC Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Anti-harassment Guidance

In response to an increase in claims of workplace harassment, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency responsible….

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Working Out a Plan – Study Puts Exercise to the Test in People at Risk for Alzheimer’s

Can exercise slow or prevent cognitive decline in older people who are at increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease? A new….

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ASK THE DOCTOR

Q: I don’t have a primary-care physician and have been skittish ever since I’ve been a child about going to….

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ON THE CALENDAR – February 2017

Discussion on Estate, Planning, Long-term Care Feb. 16: North Adams Commons invites the public to a discussion of long-term care….

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CAREER PULSE – February 2017

Fazzi Associates Announces Leadership Transition NORTHAMPTON — Dr. Robert Fazzi, founder and managing partner of Fazzi Associates, announced that Tim….

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Financial Best Practices – Physicians Groups Must Review and Monitor Operating Expenses

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

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Taking Steps to Restore the Doctor-patient Relationship

The contours of the physician-burnout crisis are becoming clearer. In early September, Dr. Christine Sinsky and colleagues reported on the….

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