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Nursing homes face uncertain future

COVID-19 has cast a pall over the nursing home industry. Older adults and their families never looked forward to moving into a skilled nursing facility, resulting in loss of choice, independence, and privacy. But now, after more than 115,000 deaths linked to long-term care institutions, the fear of infection and isolation is making an unpopular […]

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Baker signs health care bill into law

GOV. CHARLIE BAKER continued to clear his desk on New Year’s Day, signing a health care bill providing rules of the road going forward for telehealth and another bill restricting the use of flame retardants. The new health care law also expands the scope of practice for nurse practitioners, other specialized nurses, and optometrists, and […]

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Getting the vaccine was no big deal

This is another in a series of conversations between Dr. Jarone Lee, a frontline critical care and emergency physician at Massachusetts General Hospital and associate professor at Harvard Medical School, and Dr. Paul Hattis, a retired associate professor at the Tufts University Medical School who participates in CommonWealth’s Health or Consequences Codcast. Find links for past conversations […]

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Lawmakers send police reform, abortion measures to governor

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE LEGISLATURE sent bills dealing with police reform and abortion back to Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday and began work on compromise health care legislation that requires insurers to permanently reimburse for behavioral telehealth at the rates they’d pay for the same care in-person. The House joined the Senate in passing […]

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Baker still optimistic despite vaccine delay

GOV. CHARLIE BAKER said he is frustrated the state will receive fewer initial doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 than initially anticipated, but doubted the delay would cause any major problems. At a State House press conference on Friday, Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders said the federal government informed her the state will […]