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At the Hospitals: Feb. 22, 2015

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Valley Regional Hospital Named to Harvard Pilgrim 2014 Honor Roll Claremont — Valley Regional Hospital was recently named to Harvard Pilgrim Health Care’s seventh annual Hospital Honor Roll. The 2014 Honor Roll recognizes adult acute care hospitals scoring in the top 25 percent of those measured nationally on a set of composite quality and patient experience measures. “We are elated with this honor because it clearly recognizes the hard work everyone does here ,” Peter J. Wright, president and CEO for Valley Regional Healthcare, said in a recent news release. “To be honored in this way by one of the region’s premier health insurance providers …

To Your Good Health: For Some Terminal Patients, Routine Procedures Can Be Unnecessary Care

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: My mother has stage 4 cancer. She just went to a dermatologist, who performed Mohs surgery on her nose. I am BEYOND upset by this unethical behavior. The country is already deeply in debt, and Medicare is paying for this? Unconscionable! Not to mention the pain and suffering of my mother, who is now at risk of a secondary infection. …

Consumer Confidential: With Purchase of EnvisionRx, Rite Aid Gets in on the Drug Intermediary Racket

Sunday, February 22, 2015

John Standley, chief executive of the Rite Aid pharmacy chain, was effusive recently in describing how consumers will benefit from his company spending $2 billion to buy EnvisionRx, a firm most people likely never heard of. The deal, he said, will allow Rite Aid to expand its “health and wellness offerings” and enhance the company’s ability “to provide a higher level of care …

Expansion Underway for Growing North Haverhill Senior Center

Sunday, January 11, 2015

North Haverhill — On a ny given weekday, Horse Meadow Senior Center might serve 175 lunches in the dining room, send out 90 home-delivered meals, and offer an exercise class, writers’ group and bingo, all the while buzzing …

At the Hospitals: Jan. 11, 2015

Sunday, January 11, 2015

HCRS Recognizes Staff At Annual Meeting Springfield, Vt. — Health Care and Rehabilitation Services recently presented length of service and other awards to employees and community partners. Lynn Boyle, field services director for the Vermont Agency of Human Services, received the agency’s annual Community Partnership Award for being …

To Your Good Health: Is There Such a Thing as Weather Allergy?

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: Is it possible to be allergic to the cold weather and temperature changes? My son is 23 years old, and when he goes out in the cold, he breaks out in hives. What can he do? — K.R. Answer: This sounds exactly like cold urticaria, …

Money Gap, Fears of Business Backlash Led to Single-Payer Demise

Thursday, January 8, 2015

“Missed it by that much.” With that exclamation, secret agent Maxwell Smart, the hero of the 1970s television comedy Get Smart, would shrug and seek to placate his skeptical boss in the wake of a comical misassessment of the facts and situation at hand. Substitute Vermont Gov. Peter …

At the Hospitals: Jan. 4, 2015

Sunday, January 4, 2015

HCRS Names Adult Services Director Springfield, Vt. — Katherine Cook has been named director of the Adult Mental Health and Addiction Services program at Health Care and Rehabilitation Services . Cook joined HCRS last July as director of …

To Your Good Health: Spinal Stenosis Surgery Needs Second Opinion

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: An MRI shows that I have spinal stenosis. I have not improved with chiropractic care, electrical stimulation, medication (including hydrocodone, tramadol and a pain patch), physical therapy or three spinal injections. After the third injection did not help, I told the surgeon I would need …

Health Care Clinics Fill Vacant Storefronts

Sunday, January 4, 2015

New York — With video stores and retailers closing their doors, retail real estate has had a tough half-decade. The cure? Urgent care clinics. The clinics, storefronts staffed with doctors to treat common ailments or minor injuries, are filling vacancies left by struggling retailers like RadioShack and Best …

Health Plan Enrollment Up In Twin States

Thursday, January 1, 2015

About 9,500 people in New Hampshire used the state’s federally operated online exchange to sign up for new health insurance policies during the first 30 days of an open enrollment period that began Nov. 15, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced this week. Including those who …

Dissecting A Policy’s Collapse

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

White River Junction — The brain trust of Gov. Peter Shumlin’s aborted effort to introduce a system of publicly financed, universal health insurance in Vermont conducted a 90-minute, New Year’s Eve post mortem with reporters Wednesday. With his …

Transitioning to Normalcy: N.H. Doctor Details Horrors of Ebola Epidemic

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

New London — A medical school professor and public health official who spent 25 days training caregivers in Sierra Leone, near ground zero of the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa, returned with harrowing accounts of a “viscerally …