Addiction-treatment drugs from a onetime Cambridge startup raise questions: Why is prescription medicine being advertised in the subway, an unusual choice ? Are MBTA ads a good way to give consumers a fair picture of the medicine’s benefits and risks?
A coalition of legislators, advocates for poor people and immigrants, and hospitals, including Cambridge Health Alliance, is trying to block an initiative affecting thousands of low- and moderate-income patients, disqualifying some and limiting benefits for others.
Once it was health insurers that tried to restrict the doctors and hospitals their members could use. Now it is the doctors and hospitals that are increasingly trying to steer patients to providers within their networks. Cambridge Health Alliance is no exception.
As Cambridge and other communities cope with increasing addiction to painkillers and heroin, along with rising hospitalizations and overdose deaths, doctors are turning to a medication called Suboxone to treat addicts in primary care offices rather than clinics.
Health officials expect the number of mumps cases to grow in an outbreak that appears to have started at Harvard’s Cambridge campus despite the infected having been vaccinated against the disease.
Cambridge Health Alliance now expects to lose more than twice as much as it forecast in its budget for this fiscal year, mostly because fewer patients than anticipated are using its services. The health care system will probably lose $13.1 million for the year ending June 30.
More than 300 low-income tenants in two public housing developments are now saving money for the future – whether they want to or not – funded with a portion of their own rent payments.
Cambridge police officials are considering a new procedure for handling civilian complaints against officers, one that is tougher than the current mediation option but less stringent than a formal investigation and finding.
For the second time in less than three months, city officials have saved a housing redevelopment project – this time from a financing gap that could have scuttled the underway $109 million revamp of nearly 200 units at the Manning Apartments in Central Square.
The Cambridge Health Alliance is contending with a familiar problem: Fewer patients than expected are seeing its doctors and using its hospitals. Because of the stubborn trend, the Alliance expects to change its financial expectations for this fiscal year.