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New federal mandate requires informed consent for sensitive exams
04-18-2024 1:30 PM


BOSTON — Massachusetts teaching hospitals and medical institutions must obtain written informed consent before any sensitive and intimate examination, including breast, rectal, prostate, and pelvic exams, as a result of a federal decision effective...

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Wheeling for Healing returns to South Deerfield to raise money for cancer treatment
04-16-2024 11:11 AM


SOUTH DEERFIELD — After a successful move to Yankee Candle last year, the 17th annual Wheeling for Healing event is back on May 19, as the fundraiser seeks to continue raising tens of thousands of dollars for cancer patients receiving treatment within...

Change the world in 1,000 days: It starts with supporting babies and their families
03-08-2024 9:41 AM


A recent essay by Blythe Thomas, initiative director at 1000 Days, an organization that fights “to make health and well-being during the first 1,000 days (between pregnancy and a child’s 2nd birthday) a policy and funding priority,” begins by asking...

CDC considers dropping 5-day COVID isolation rule as local hospitals bring back mask requirements
02-20-2024 5:55 PM


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is considering loosening isolation requirements for people who test positive for COVID-19, meaning they would no longer have to stay at home for at least five days when infected with the virus.Under the...

GCC nursing students talk single-payer health care, workplace safety concerns with WMass legislators
02-13-2024 8:04 PM


GREENFIELD — Some two dozen aspiring nurses spent Monday morning rubbing elbows with four of the region’s top politicians, where they were able to ask what they could do to drum up support for single-payer health care to how to better protect medical...

Blue Cross pauses controversial anesthesia policy 
01-29-2024 11:10 AM

Staff Report

Less than a month after it began enforcing a longstanding policy restricting the use of anesthesia during colonoscopies and other procedures, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts is pausing that action after physicians statewide lobbied the insurer...

Blue Cross takes heat for anesthesia policy change affecting colonoscopies, other procedures
01-28-2024 10:24 AM

Editor’s note: Since this story was published, Blue Cross Blue Shield has paused enforcement of a policy that restricts the use of anesthesia during colonoscopies and other procedures.An updated policy from Blue Cross Blue Shield Massachusetts...

McGovern legislation would ease access to medically necessary foods
01-27-2024 8:29 PM


The Democrat representing the 2nd Congressional District of Massachusetts has teamed up with a Republican colleague from Florida to sponsor a bill aimed at making it easier for Americans to get medically necessary foods.Jim McGovern and John...

Flu cases surge at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, while COVID, RSV less severe
01-21-2024 12:11 PM


NORTHAMPTON — Even with less severe cases of COVID-19 than the past two years and a marked decrease since last fall in RSV, officially known as respiratory syncytial virus, a surge in flu cases is keeping Cooley Dickinson Hospital’s emergency...

DPH backs supervised drug sites as ‘lifelines’ in addiction crisis
12-13-2023 1:04 PM


BOSTON — The state’s drug overdose crisis is persisting at record high levels, exacerbated by a “poisoned drug supply” that isn’t just affecting those who use opioids anymore.There were 2,323 confirmed and estimated fatal opioid-related overdoses...

Coalition of health care workers demand hospitals return to masks, take other precautions amid fears of holiday COVID surge
11-20-2023 5:48 PM

 By Emilee Klein

Before the pandemic, Dr. David Alpern, like many health care workers at the time, didn’t think twice about going to work with a runny nose or cough.But since symptoms of COVID-19 are indistinguishable from the common cold, the retired Cooley Dickinson...

Cooley Dickinson Hospital forced to suspend surgeries over issues with sterilizing equipment
11-16-2023 4:42 PM


NORTHAMPTON — Malfunctioning equipment responsible for sterilizing medical instruments and devices forced Cooley Dickinson Hospital to temporarily suspend both elective and emergency surgical operations on Nov. 6, though some of those procedures...

Senate will press for prescription drug cost relief
11-09-2023 5:06 PM


BOSTON — Patients would pay no more than $25 for certain name-brand medications to treat some chronic illnesses and face no costs whatsoever for similar generic options under the latest prescription drug legislation set to emerge in the Senate.Senate...

Baystate Health looks to raise $70M
09-21-2023 8:49 PM


GREENFIELD — Community members and health care providers gathered Wednesday night to celebrate the launch of Baystate Health’s $70 million campaign, marking the largest fundraising goal in the hospital system’s history.“Baystate Health has been...

Loan repayments fortify some in Mass. health care
08-21-2023 5:31 PM

By Chris Lisinski

BOSTON — In a move that one Massachusetts social worker described as an “answered prayer,” the state will repay more than $140 million in student loans for almost 3,000 health care providers who serve communities in need.An estimated 2,935 primary...

Nurse assistant exams to be offered in languages other than English, opening career pathways
08-17-2023 10:15 AM


BOSTON — Hundreds of aspiring nurse aides can start taking their certification exams in Spanish and Chinese next year, the start of a multilingual policy that advocates and lawmakers say will tackle a major workforce shortage in nursing homes and...

Valley Health Regional Collaborative debuts ‘Walk with a Doc’ on Thursday
08-15-2023 1:15 PM


GREENFIELD — In an effort to put a friendly face to the medical community, physicians will be hosting “Walk with a Doc” on a biweekly basis, offering residents a chance to meet with doctors and learn more about contemporary health care issues. The...

Pharmacist-prescribed birth control OK’d in state budget
08-13-2023 10:48 AM


NORTHAMPTON — Registered pharmacists in Massachusetts can now prescribe hormonal birth control under a bill passed in the state budget this week.The legislation, “An Act Relative to Hormonal Contraceptives,” which is co-sponsored by state Rep. Lindsay...

Health care on wheels: Tapestry van brings services to the people
08-07-2023 3:47 PM


NORTHAMPTON — Since last summer, nearly 1,800 people around the Valley have received reproductive, addiction, and sexual health services on a mobile van operated by Tapestry Health.The van is part of a “Community Care in Reach” program funded by the...

New Community Enrichment Center in Sunderland to offer caregiver support
08-07-2023 12:10 PM


GREENFIELD — Two social service agencies are working together to support not only older adults and people with disabilities, but also their families who care for them through the creation of a new enrichment center. Thanks to $450,000 in state...

Cooley Dickinson celebrates new ER groundbreaking, 10-year alliance with Mass General
07-21-2023 9:16 AM


NORTHAMPTON — Cooley Dickinson Hospital broke ground on its new emergency department building in a ceremony Thursday, an event that also celebrated the 10-year anniversary of its partnership with the Mass General Brigham hospital system.The project,...

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