Thirty-seven hospitals in Massachusetts have started offering intensive home-based mental health care to the families of children stuck in emergency rooms. Counseling at home instead of admission to a psychiatric hospital doesn’t work for everyone. But the state says the vast majority of youth who’ve used this option have not returned to the hospital in a mental health crisis.To speed up transfers to mental healthcare and reduce the strain on ERs, Massachusetts has contracted with four agencies to provide intensive counseling at home as an alternative to psychiatric hospitalization.Members of at least one major health insurance plan in the Fresno area have received letters in recent weeks notifying them that the region’s largest hospital system will no longer be in their healthcare network when 2023 begins in a few weeks.
Carle Health and Aetna Monday struck a deal. Retired state employees enrolled in state-sponsored health benefits will be able to continue to see their Carle doctors at an in-network rate in the new year, according to both companies’ leadership. The news came late on the first day of open enrollment for those state benefits administered by the Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS).HOLLISTER, Calif. — Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital sent notices to employees of possible closure in 60 days, the hospital announced Monday evening.NORTHWEST INDIANA – Munster-based Community Healthcare System has not been able to reach a contract agreement with Connecticut-based healthcare insurance provider Aetna Inc. If an agreement cannot be reached, Community says Aetna insurance will no longer be an in-network provider effective Jan. 15.
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The Pentagon is planning to hire 2,000 healthcare professionals to address a wide range of health concerns, from suicide and dangerous behaviors to social determinants of health.RENO, Nev. (News 4 & Fox 11) — Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center’s Maternal Child Health Services has closed. Affected patients are being assisted to transition to other nearby Northern Nevada birth planning and delivery facilities.The transplant community is urged not to ‘squander’ the opportunity to harvest life-saving organs during mass rallies.According to a study by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), patients face greater challenges with receiving approval for mental health services than medical services.
Depleted by two years of fighting a global pandemic, some of the state’s largest health systems have had to temporarily close their operating rooms due to staffing issues, exacerbating their financial troubles.A split North Carolina Supreme Court has voted to overturn a 90-year-old state court precedent that protected nurses from legal liability. Because the majority decision secured just three votes on the seven-member court, it’s unclear how the latest ruling will affect future cases.In a move expected to anger virtual care advocates, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has proposed dropping Medicare coverage for audio-only telehealth services, including telephone calls, in its 2023 Physician Fee Schedule. The proposed action would take place 151 days after the end of the public health emergency.Researchers have found that a digital therapeutic platform using gaming concepts can help adults diagnosed with major depressive disorder (MDD) improve their cognitive function.
. The three-digit number, meant to be easy to remember when in distress, took effect in July. Massachusetts has seen a 30% increase in calls to the lifeline overall, with some call centers seeing even bigger spikes.In Massachusetts the share of kids ages 3 to 17 who had a clinical diagnosis of anxiety or depression reached 18% in 2020, higher than the national rate of 11.8%.Last August, Dr. Scott Jolley came home at 3 am from a busy emergency room shift looking pale, far older than his 55 years. It was the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic, and he had been the only physician on duty at his hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah. One of his patients had gone into cardiac arrest after Jolley removed his personal protective equipment to meet his next patient. Jolley, athletic with dusty brown hair, had to frantically gown up and run back to perform a resuscitation. The patient survived, but Jolley felt agitated.
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David Shimp began leading the Osceola Regional Medical Center on December 13.According to state data, there are 24% more registered nurses now than there were before the pandemic. So why do many hospitals and clinics have job openings?. All five new stations along the Medford Branch will come online at the start of service Dec. 12, Poftak said, bringing rapid transit service to densely populated areas near Tufts University, eastern Somerville and the Winter Hill neighborhood.With dozens of people still congregating at what’s known as the ‘Mass. and Cass’ area of Boston, the city says it is considering all options to house people who linger there.Emergency rooms like the Cambridge Health Alliance hospital in Everett are a surge in patients as they battle the latest COVID wave.The grid operator says they do not anticipate calling for any controlled power outages – or “rolling blackouts” – this winter.
Some speed restrictions on the Orange Line that have befuddled riders and slowed trips will stay in place into December, more than two months after the MBTA completed a 30-day end-to-end shutdown aimed at fixing those issues, the agency disclosed Tuesday.From Eversource electricity rate hikes, to your best strategy for beating the holiday traffic, here’s what you need to know today.New research provides guidance for managing the adoption of behavioral health integration.Thursday’s roundup covers hunger, diet-based diseases, hospitals’ hurricane responses, covid, monkeypox, Alzheimer’s, drug misuse, and more.
Karin Broadhurst’s son has been boarded at Boston Children’s Hospital for 33 days for psychiatric needs, but still cannot get a psychiatric bed anywhere in the state. Her son is one of 40 kids boarding at Children’s while awaiting psychiatric beds — 16 of them boarding in the emergency department. Law enforcement experts say it’s common for officers to struggle emotionally after going through something traumatic, such as a shooting or the death of a child. But officers don’t always get the help they need, and many wind up resigning in the months and years that follow.From AAA holiday travel predictions to Maura Healey’s first sit-down interview as governor-elect, here’s what you need to know today.Closing or keeping open a money-losing hospital can be a career-limiting event. So one smart CEO and his board chose a third option. Baton Rouge General CEO, Mark Slyter, knew that losing $2 million a month at one of the health system’s hospitals was unaffordable and that it was a crisis.After the May 24 school shooting, mental health help is now pouring into Uvalde, where a fourth of residents are uninsured and counseling options are few and far between.