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Idaho rations health care statewide amid massive …
(5 days ago) The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare made the announcement after St. Luke’s Health System, Idaho’s largest hospital network, on Wednesday asked state health leaders to allow “crisis standards of care” because the increase in COVID-19 patients has exhausted the state’s medical resources.
BFAIR recognized by Health New England Business
(8 days ago) BFAIR recognized by Health New England. NORTH ADAMS — Berkshire Family and Individual Resources was recently selected to be a bronze level recipient in the 2021 Health New England Well Worth It Awards for successful health promotion and employee health improvement. The award recognizes the company’s commitment to its employees’ overall
Baker plans another run at health care reforms
(3 days ago) Baker did did sign a health care law at the end of last session, but that law was focused on telehealth, coverage for COVID-19 testing and treatment, the scope of practice for advanced practice nurses and optometrists, surprise billing for out-of-network patient visits, and enhanced Medicaid reimbursements for community hospitals.
Some Health Connector members must update income …
(2 days ago) Massachusetts established the Health Connector to implement a 2006 health care law and seeks to provide subsidies to people who do not receive affordable health insurance through an employer. People are eligible if they do not have employer-based insurance or if their employer-based insurance requires them to pay more than 9.83 percent of household income, the federal Affordable Care Act
Tri-Town Health’s directive: Mask up! Southern
(1 days ago) Tri-Town Health’s directive: Mask up! Tri-Town Board of Health Executive Director James Wilusz during the recent joint meeting of the Lee, Lenox and Stockbridge boards. Following expressions of alarm by members over rapidly rising COVID-19 Delta variant cases in its district, the Tri-Town Joint Boards of Health have issued a public health
Berkshire Health Systems to mandate COVID …
(5 days ago) Berkshire Health Systems to mandate COVID vaccination by Oct. 1. Berkshire Health Systems, which owns Berkshire Medical Center and Fairview Hospital, announced Friday that it will require all staffers and other members of the BHS community to be vaccinated for COVID-19 by Oct. 1. PITTSFIELD — Berkshire Health Systems will require all
Health system needs attitude change Local News
(7 days ago) The key to both improving the health of our population and cost control is a robust primary care physician/patient relationship. Despite the challenges, I make time to counsel my patients on nutrition, exercise and the spiritual and emotional issues that dramatically affect health.
With Berkshire residents losing health insurance, …
(8 days ago) Berkshire Health Systems’ Advocacy for Access program also provides insurance application assistance, and so do BHS community partners SHINE in Pittsfield and Ecu-Health Care in North Adams. Language interpretation services are available at the Advocacy for Access location at …
Barrett back on Capitol Hill for senators' final questions
(8 days ago) Facebook. WASHINGTON — Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett returns to Capitol Hill for a third day of confirmation hearings as senators dig deeper into the conservative judge's outlook on abortion, health care and a potentially disputed presidential election — the Democrats running out of time to stop Republicans pushing her quick
Pittsfield Public Health Director, Board of Health Chair
(8 days ago) PITTSFIELD — The Board of Health meeting Wednesday night started and ended with resignations: At the top of the meeting was the resignation of Public Health Director Gina Armstrong and at the end was Board of Health Chairman Dr. Alan Kulberg. Armstrong said that her last day as director will be
Pittsfield to get $40M total in COVID aid; residents say
(1 days ago) The community members, many of whom work in public health or service fields or serve as family care providers, said they want the city to make investments, not just fill gaps. “I think stable housing would collaboratively address so much of this,” said Ariel Ramirez, a clinician with The Brien Center and a co-responder on mental health
Democrats tackling flash points of taxes, health, …
(8 days ago) 1 day ago · WASHINGTON (AP) — Revamp the tax code and important federal health care and environment programs. Spend $3.5 trillion over 10 years, but maybe a lot less. Ensure that no more than three Democrats in all of Congress vote “no” because Republicans will be unanimously opposed. Try to finish within
'Numbers aren’t looking good': Tri-Town Health …
(9 days ago) The regional health agency covers Lee, Lenox and Stockbridge; each town has its own health board. Meetings are planned for next week to discuss the proposed new guidance, said Tri-Town Health Executive Director James Wilusz. “The numbers aren’t looking good,” he told The Eagle on Thursday.
Pittsfield: BCC's Community Health Worker program is …
(8 days ago) Berkshire Community College has announced that its Community Health Worker non-credit certificate program is the first to be officially approved by the Massachusetts Board of Certification of Community Health Workers in Massachusetts. Completing an approved CHW training program is a requirement of
Our Opinion: Keep defenses up, temperature down in …
(Just Now) 1 day ago · Our Opinion: Keep defenses up, temperature down in COVID fight. Sep 18, 2021. 2 min ago. Facebook. Twitter. WhatsApp. SMS. Email. The Adams Board of Health during a recent meeting considered a measure that would direct people to wear masks but would fall short of a mandate, and the local officials appeared to be caught off guard by the volume
Adams Board of Health met with furor, and support, …
(5 days ago) ADAMS — In the face of an outcry from residents, the Adams Board of Health has decided to hold off another week before deciding whether to institute an indoor masking directive. The proposal falls short of a mandate, which means it would be unenforceable, but it marks an attempt by local officials
Toxicology experts with state DPH tapped to probe
(1 days ago) PITTSFIELD — Health officials in Pittsfield are calling in the cavalry — state toxicology experts — to reckon with ongoing complaints that a new cellular telephone tower is making people sick.. The city’s Board of Health voted Monday night to engage help from the state Department of Public Health’s environmental toxicology program to evaluate the health impacts of a new tower near
Letter: Keep politics out of public health decisions
(8 days ago) The Board of Health made assurances to the safety of the spray products they use, being approved by the EPA as well as by the state’s pesticide program, and was not aware of any studies to the contrary. Barring this politicized, unscientific, anti-spraying vote by the Pittsfield City Council, the Board of Health would now initiate selective
$3.9M grant will help expand health care access in
(Just Now) The Lee-based Tri-Town Health Department will administer a $3.9 million, 13-year state grant to create a 10-town public health nursing program. The collaborative will deliver a variety of health care services and programs to the communities, which can include education about the dangers of smoking.
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Gov. Baker points to 'silver lining' in new health care
(8 days ago) The health system reforms signed into law Friday come on top of measures that were included in the fiscal year 2021 budget and supported by the administration, including the use of standard provider credentialing forms by insurers and a prohibition on additional costs for same-day billing for multiple primary care and behavioral health visits.
Berkshire Medical Center maternal child health chief …
(Just Now) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging all pregnant people to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Berkshire Medical Center's chair of maternal child health, Dr. Lauren Slater, wants people to heed that recommendation.
Look Ahead, Pittsfield: Verizon, city health officials to
(1 days ago) PITTSFIELD — Representatives from the Board of Health, city Health Department and Verizon Wireless will meet Thursday to discuss residents’ health concerns about a cell tower in the city. The 115-foot tower, which sits at 877 South St., has been the source of constant conversation after the
As more fall ill and die, COVID-19 vaccine news brings
(7 days ago) The plan puts health care workers who are caring for COVID-19 patients on the top of the vaccination priority list, followed by long-term care residents. The three-phase plan starts this month, with the first 60,000 doses set to arrive to the state by Tuesday. Millions …
Mass. health care workers seek $500M in premium pay
(6 days ago) Health care workers who were on the front line of efforts to treat COVID-19 patients should receive a share of the $5.3 billion in federal aid coming to Massachusetts in the form of retroactive premium pay, participants at a rally outside the Statehouse said this week.
Our Opinion: Those facing mental health crisis in the
(8 days ago) The Eagle’s report sheds light on the unnecessary suffering allowed by the current health care system — at the national, state and regional level. If we are to live up to the lofty ideals of the broader conversations many espouse about mental health awareness, then we cannot look away.
Hospital officials talk vaccine safety, employee …
(2 days ago) The Berkshire Eagle spoke with Berkshire Health Systems leaders Friday, just after they announced that COVID-19 vaccines would be mandatory for all their employees by Oct. 1. They spoke about the illness (none of their seven patients is in critical care, and the vaccinated aren’t as sick), what they believe is the safety of the vaccine’s mechanisms, how they’ll address union concerns
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Pittsfield: Allied health students offered free program
(5 days ago) Berkshire Area Health Education Center is resuming its in-person Health Scholars’ Program in collaboration with Berkshire Community College. The program is for allied health students (including nursing, physical therapist assistants, respiratory care, and community health workers) interested in
Tri-Town Health to seek unified stand on masking …
(Just Now) Tri-Town Health to seek unified stand on masking guidance. James Wilusz, executive director of the Tri-Town Health Department in Lee, questions whether his group can enforce a return to mandatory masking locally. But, the coronavirus pandemic's threat to public health remains, he said. “We’re nowhere close to being out of the woods.
Pittsfield: CHP’s ‘Big Orange Bus’ to provide vaccines at
(9 days ago) Community Health Programs' "Big Orange Bus," a mobile health unit, will visit the Berkshire Community College campus from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday to administer the first dose of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, as well as the “one shot” Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The bus will return
Pittsfield health officials want audience with Verizon
(2 days ago) The health board, though, has decided not to pursue a wider epidemiological study of possible health consequences related to the tower, citing its cost and complexity. One expert told the board June 2 that such a study, even if possible because of the small numbers involved, could cost $1 million.
Mass. helping hospitals under strain Coronavirus
(7 days ago) A medical personnel with full protective gear is shown at Salem Hospital in Salem, Oregon, on Friday. Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association officials said Monday that COVID-19 cases in hospitals here are only "creeping" upward due to the state's higher vaccination rate, writing in their Monday Report that the situation compares favorably with states like Tennessee, Florida and Texas.
Health impact of new cell tower remains unclear
(7 days ago) This was the scene near Alma Street in Pittsfield last July, as workers put the finishing touches on a Verizon Wireless cell tower. This week, members of the city's Board of Health said that reports of health effects in the neighborhood cannot be dismissed despite a recent field study that showed radio frequency radiation to be well within levels allowed by the Federal Communications Commission.
'No one wants to help her:' With mental health care
(6 days ago) Berkshire Health Systems says there would not be enough local need to fill an inpatient psychiatric unit for children and teenagers, since it sees an average of about one kid boarded each month. The hospital uses one or two available beds in its pediatric unit to admit behavioral health cases, such as with Ana.
Lawsuit claims addiction treatment program ignored …
(8 days ago) A view of the Vertava Health LLC campus in Cummington and Plainfield. The company provides substance abuse treatment programs. It is being sued by a group of current or former employees who say Vertava did not follow sufficient precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Massachusetts Health Connector open for new …
(7 days ago) The Health Connector is the state-based health insurance exchange for Massachusetts and offers commercial plans to people who do not get coverage through their employer or other sources. People who need health insurance can complete an application at MAhealthconnector.org.
Baker order sets vaccine mandate for long-term care …
(Just Now) The Executive Office of Health and Human Services announced Wednesday that skilled nursing facilities and the two state-run soldiers' homes must ensure that all personnel, including those employed directly or by contract, are fully vaccinated against the highly infectious virus.
In pandemic, families need coordination, support to …
(7 days ago) Even before COVID-19, mental health struggles among school-age children had been worsening. Last year, Ben Heim, a junior at Lenox Memorial Middle and High School, began working with the national nonprofit Active Minds to promote mental health awareness at his school.
Kathleen Floyd: For National Health Centers Week
(5 days ago) This work is replicated in 1,400 health centers around the U.S. by health care professionals who believe health care should be accessible to, and excellent for, everyone. Through Saturday, all of these health centers are celebrating National Health Centers Week. We think mobile health care outreach is a key reason to celebrate — especially now.
Berkshire health sector poised to weather pandemic — …
(9 days ago) Since health-related businesses employ 1 in 7 U.S. workers, a large decline in insurance coverage affects revenue to health care providers, which could, in turn, force them to reduce staffing. Unlike other states, employees in Massachusetts aren’t initially cut off from health insurance if they lose their jobs, because they automatically
Contact tracers still busy in Berkshires, say household
(4 days ago) Drager is one of four public health nurses and staff from health departments and schools across the county collaborating to contain the virus by tracking down those exposed to an infected person. Tracing is considered a key to understanding the spread of infections, and epidemiologists say precision is needed to control a pandemic.
Researcher cites ‘significant risks’ of cellphone
(3 days ago) Chamberlin cited health-related “symptoms” among some Pittsfield residents after a cell tower was erected in a residential area on Alma Street off Holmes Road. • Cell towers should be set back by 1,640 feet (just under one-third of a mile) from residents. In Lenox, he suggested a “tall tower” away from downtown “with a directional
Berkshire Medical Center uses call center to help tackle
(2 days ago) Around six nurses per shift answer calls at Berkshire Medical Center's COVID-19 call center at the hospital in Pittsfield. The call center, which is designated to answering calls related to COVID-19, has been set up to manage testing and give advice to callers who are concerned about their own or a family member's health related to the new coronavirus.
Clarence Fanto The Bottom Line: Anti-vaxxers beware: …
(3 days ago) 2 days ago · Boards of health are the local command posts of the home guard.” The letter from the agency serving Lee, Lenox and Stockbridge points out that a Stockbridge resident, who remains unidentified, has been “systematically spreading misinformation to undermine the directives of the boards of health and CDC. …
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