West Nile Virus Disease Cases Up This Year-Steps to Protect Yourself

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging people to take steps to prevent West Nile virus infections. Outbreaks of West Nile virus disease occur each summer in the United States. This year, some areas of the country are experiencing earlier and greater activity. Thus far in 2012, 42 states have reported West Nile [...]

Mass. Receives $16.9 Million for Health Information Exchange Program

The Patrick-Murray Administration  announced that Massachusetts is moving forward with its statewide Health Information Exchange, which will create a health care information highway, paving the way forward for integrated care and cost containment efforts. The Obama Administration approved $16.9 million for the project, which will allow providers, hospitals and others involved in patient care to [...]

Inside NH’s Hospital Hepatitis C Investigation

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The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) is expanding testing recommendations related to the hepatitis C outbreak at Exeter Hospital. DPHS is now asking that anyone who was a patient in the Hospital’s Operating Rooms (excluding outpatient surgery center) and the Intensive Care Unit between April 1, 2011 and [...]

Hearing Planned on Conn. Medicaid Rules Changes

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Two legislative committees will discuss whether to push ahead with plans to tighten eligibility rules for Connecticut’s two-year-old Medicaid health insurance program for needy adults. The Appropriations and Human Services Committee have scheduled a public hearing Tuesday to learn more about the state’s application for federal approval to change the eligibility [...]

2 More Whooping Cough Cases Confirmed in RI

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NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) — Officials have confirmed two more cases of whooping cough in North Kingstown, bringing the total to eight amid a national increase in the disease. Health Department officials announced the new cases Thursday as the agency held a vaccination clinic at North Kingstown High School. Another clinic will be held there [...]

Consumers in RI Warned of Health Care Ruling Scam

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island’s attorney general is warning consumers about possible identity theft and Medicare fraud by scammers apparently trying to take advantage of the Supreme Court’s recent ruling upholding the health care overhaul. Attorney General Peter Kilmartin says individuals have received phone calls from people claiming to be from the federal government [...]

Governor Patrick Signs Legislation To Improve Quality Of Care For Dementia Patients

Governor Deval Patrick today joined advocates and legislators to sign H. 3947, “An Act Providing for Dementia Specific Training for Certain Employees of Long-Term Care Facilities.” The legislation will improve the quality of care for dementia patients by establishing regulations to specify minimum safety and quality standards for dementia care units in long-term facilities, as well as [...]

Can IRS Police Both Taxes and Health Care Law?

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Can the Internal Revenue Service police President Barack Obama’s health care mandate while simultaneously collecting all the taxes for running the federal government? The question is being renewed in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision upholding most of the 2010 Affordable Care Act as a tax issue rather than one of [...]

First West Nile Virus Case Announced In MA


The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) announced on Thursday that West Nile virus (WNV) has been detected in a mosquito in Massachusetts for the first time this year. A WNV infection was confirmed by the State Laboratory Institute today in a mosquito sample which was collected on June 20 in the City of Boston. [...]

Obama Calls Supreme Court Ruling a ‘Victory’

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold his health care overhaul is a “victory for people all over the country” and will make their lives more secure. Obama says the decision upholds the fundamental principle that in America — the wealthiest nation on earth — no one should fall [...]

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