August 18, 2016 § Leave a comment
Commonwealth Care Alliance is pleased to have been chosen as one of the winners of the J-PAL North America at MIT, 2016 Health Care Delivery Innovation Competition.
Four organizations were chosen to partner with J-PAL North America to evaluate substance abuse treatment, care integration, social-service delivery and patient-engagement programs.
Click here to read MIT’s press release covering the announcement.
July 1, 2016 § Leave a comment
WCVB’s Chronicle reports that the average life expectancy in Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood is just under 59 years, while only a few miles away, in the Back Bay, residents can expect to live into their early 90’s. Chronicle’s Ted Reinstein explores the reasons why this may be and discusses what’s being done to address the problem with Dr. Ajayi.
Dr. Ajayi, discusses various reasons for the difference including how residents outside the system are often unable to negotiate transportation to the hospital, struggle to understand the complexity of care being provided, and oftentimes navigating the system becomes daunting. She answers the question: How can this discrepancy exist in a city known worldwide for cutting edge health care?
“You have to continue to be angered by [the discrepancy], continue to be disturbed by it,” says Dr. Ajayi. “If we ever get to the point where we become so complacent as to believe that just because you’re poor or just because you live in a different neighborhood that you have a different set of expectations for your life, we are really in trouble.”
View the full segment here: “Chronicle: Tale of Two Neighborhoods”
June 28, 2016 § Leave a comment
An article from Pharmacy Practice News discusses how real-time IT strategies are gaining traction in the healthcare industry. CCA’s CEO, Christopher Palmieri is quoted saying, “We have the ability now to use predictive analytics to see what the future looks like based on the recent past.” This innovative approach helps hospitals improve patient outcomes and pharmacy experts are urging colleagues to follow suit.
Click here to read the full article.
May 31, 2016 § Leave a comment
Articles, commentary, research, and more from the past week
Study: “Baby Boomers” will be sicker than previous generations
A report by the United Health Foundation states that member of the “Baby Boom” generation are poised to have worse health and cost more to manage their health than earlier generations of seniors. The study, which examined current middle-aged population who will age into senior status (65+) over the next 14 years, found that current “middle-aged adults have a 55 percent higher prevalence of diabetes, a 25 percent higher prevalence of obesity and a nine percent lower prevalence of very good or excellent health status” than the previous generation of seniors.
Different kinds of mental health stigma
In an essay in the Washington Post, a student at Harvard Medical School describes his struggles with depression and explains the different kinds of mental health stigma he’s faced. He describes how he kept his condition secret, and explains how he faced “public stigma, or how people can look down on those with mental illness,” as well as “self-stigma, or how people with mental illness can look down on themselves.”
“Walkable” neighborhoods can help fight disease
Walking can reduce your risk for diabetes and obesity, so it’s best to live in a neighborhood that makes it easy to get out and exercise according to a new study published in JAMA. The report found “the prevalence of being overweight and obese was more than 10 percent lower in the one-fifth of neighborhoods rated highest for walkability than in the one-fifth rated lowest.”
May 23, 2016 § Leave a comment
This week, the Food and Drug Administration is expected to decide if it will approve use of a treatment for opioid addiction that uses a system of implanted rods to release buprenorphine, a drug that has proven effective in addressing addiction. An article from NPR examines the pros and cons of the decision and quotes CCA’s Medical Director of Addiction Medicine, Dr. Barbara Herbert. While stating that “anything that might help people beat their opioid addiction is a good idea,” Barbara raises concerns about the cost of the treatment. She says that the high price could cause providers to turn away their patients who could benefit from the new approach.
Click here to read the full article.
Click here to hear Barbara Herbert discuss opioid addiction on our Dually Heard podcast.