Tag Archives: Massachusetts

A second person in Massachusetts has died after contracting Eastern equine encephalitis

This was the 10th confirmed human case in the commonwealth. Another Massachusetts EEE patient, Laurie Sylvia, died in August. There are 35 Massachusetts communities now at critical risk of EEE and 40 at high risk of the mosquito-borne virus. Tests show the EEE virus has been found in 421 mosquito samples there this year, many… Read More »

Massachusetts global payment experiment yields encouraging results on medical spending, quality

One idea for lowering the nation’s ballooning healthcare spending is to change the way insurers pay provider organizations for their care. Instead of paying a fee for each service rendered — a model that can encourage the unscrupulous use of more services even when the benefit is dubious — some reformers suggest giving clinical practices… Read More »

Massachusetts Maternal Mortality Rates Rising: Opioid Abuse and Psychiatric Illness Play a Role

Pregnancy-associated mortality, defined as the death of a woman during pregnancy or within one year of the termination of pregnancy, is increasing in Massachusetts.  In 2012, there were 30.4 deaths/100,000 live births. In 2014, the rate increased by 33%, to 40.4 deaths per 100,000 live births. Because pregnancy-associated mortality rates have historically been relatively low… Read More »