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January 5, 2015 § 1 Comment

Articles, commentary, research, and more from the past week

Bella to leave dual-eligible coordinating office
Melanie Bella has announced that she is stepping down as director of the Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office at CMS. In her post, Bella was in charge of coordinating care for millions of dual eligibles, and she was on board for the launch of coordinated-care demonstration projects in California, Illinois, Massachusetts, Ohio, and Virginia.

Baker names next MA health commissioner
Governor-elect Charlie Baker has named Dr. Monica Bharel to be the next Massachusetts state health commissioner. Currently the chief medical officer at the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, Bharel is on the faculty at Harvard Medical School and Boston University School of Medicine. She will take over an agency charged with regulating “hospitals, nursing homes, and myriad other facilities, in addition to running more than 100 programs addressing everything from infectious diseases to substance abuse.”

Recently in Dually Noted, Commonwealth Care Alliance’s Director of Government Relations and Public Affairs discussed the incoming Baker administration and its potential impact on healthcare services and reform.

Ruling goes against home health worker pay raise
A US District judge has struck down Labor Department regulations  that would have boosted pay for some home health care workers. The rules were backed by President Obama and worker advocacy groups, who cited that “many home care workers live at or below the poverty level.” However, home health industry trade groups opposed the rule, claiming that wage increases would harm the industry.

Flu season is here – and it’s nasty!
The CDC reports that this year’s flu season is shaping up to be worse than usual.  Statistics from CDC indicate that 22 states and Puerto Rico are reporting high flu intensity, and “in some parts of the country, flu infections have outpaced those from each of the last few years.”

So, if you haven’t already had your flu shot, get one!


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