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Sue Reinert is a Cambridge resident who writes on housing and health issues. She is a longtime reporter who wrote on health care for The Patriot Ledger in Quincy.

Hospital readmission rate draws penalty, but added category gives it an asterisk

Hospital readmission rate draws penalty, but added category gives it an asterisk

For the third year in a row, Cambridge Health Alliance faces penalties for having too many patients return to the hospital within a month after they’re discharged.

Radiology investment ‘already paying off’ for Health Alliance, boosting turnaround

Radiology investment ‘already paying off’ for Health Alliance, boosting turnaround

Cambridge Health Alliance is hoping a new radiology suite will improve patients’ experiences, expand services and bring in sorely needed revenue. The early word: The $2.1 million bet is paying off.

Tougher, leaner Health Alliance shows strength in quarter, losses down to $2M

Tougher, leaner Health Alliance shows strength in quarter, losses down to $2M

Cambridge Health Alliance has some good financial news for a change: It’s doing much better than expected for the past three months.

Health Alliance bets on elders program, finances unknown but within its mission

Health Alliance bets on elders program, finances unknown but within its mission

A plan keeping low-income, frail seniors out of nursing home is due for expansion, even though the struggling health care system doesn’t know if the program makes money.

Defying skeptics, and making amends, giant banks invest in public housing

Defying skeptics, and making amends, giant banks invest in public housing

In a deal that connects Wall Street to poor families in Cambridge, two of the largest banks in the country are investing in low-income public housing here.

Health Alliance stiffens Ebola preparation, but will send infected to Boston hospitals

Health Alliance stiffens Ebola preparation, but will send infected to Boston hospitals

Protective equipment for nurses and doctors has been upgraded, but patients with symptoms and a suspect travel history won’t be admitted for treatment at CHA clinics.

Nonprofit ‘Makerspace’ for high schoolers finds new, bigger home in public housing

Nonprofit ‘Makerspace’ for high schoolers finds new, bigger home in public housing

A partnership between the Cambridge Housing Authority and The Possible Project will bring a key component of an innovation economy to Washington Elms.

CHA has patients fearing Ebola infection, affirms protocols to avoid Texas mistakes

CHA has patients fearing Ebola infection, affirms protocols to avoid Texas mistakes

The Cambridge Health Alliance is prepared to handle Ebola patients, and safely, with training, rules and specialists in place, a spokesman says. No one in Massachusetts has a confirmed case.

Elder Service Plan seeks new clinic space before senior housing home is renovated

Elder Service Plan seeks new clinic space before senior housing home is renovated

A new space is needed for an innovative CHA daytime program for frail, low-income seniors that operated for years in the Manning Apartments public housing development.

Storm over Manning park hints at debate possible for whole $393.8M housing redo

Storm over Manning park hints at debate possible for whole $393.8M housing redo

A huge Housing Authority construction project to transform run-down low-income housing developments across the city has sparked a small neighborhood controversy.

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