Mental Health

The power of Zero

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The U.S. News & World Report ranked Colorado Springs as number 11 on its list of 2017 Best Places to Live in the USA.

However, even in this ultimate vacation destination of snow-capped mountains and clean air, tragedy can strike.

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How to solve the Emergency Department boarding crisis? Systemwide change

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Emergency Department (ED) “boarding” – when patients get stuck in the ED for hours, sometimes days, because there is no placement option readily available – is an issue across the country and has received much attention in Massachusetts recently.

Earlier this month, The Boston Globe published an article highlighting the fact that many of these individuals have behavioral health conditions.

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‘Precision medicine’: Where collaboration and competition meet

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As a professional observer of healthcare for the last 20 years, the relationship between Adam Smith economics and healthcare research and developments has always fascinated me.

In brief, does the dynamic of competition that drives profit-making innovation propel, or hinder, medical breakthroughs?

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) initiative around “precision medicine” – treatment that focuses on the unique genetic code of the individual and not a one-size-fits-all treatment – begs that question.

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ACOs: Risk for the greater good

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MassHealth is just weeks away from accepting applications from provider and insurance organizations to form Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs).

But what does that mean in terms of tangible impact to Beacon Health Options and companies like it, the Commonwealth, and most importantly, the member? Should we feel excited? Skeptical? Indifferent?

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Helping Students with Asperger’s Take the Stage

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When I started teaching at a high school for students with learning differences, my first goal was to make my communication as clear as possible.

I streamlined my presentations, tried to wipe out any sarcasm that could be taken literally, and crafted obnoxiously clear assignment instructions. These tactics proved apt, but little did I know that my most effective communication would involve neither instruction nor planning.

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Military OneSource: Raising awareness, one bag at a time

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The Military OneSource EAP program is exactly that: a one-stop source of work/life services for active duty, National Guard and Reserve service members and their families.

However, in spite of this plethora of services – ranging from non-medical counseling and health and wellness coaching to financial counseling and tax consultations – Military OneSource remains unknown to many people who could benefit from this unique program.

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Feeling anxious about the election? Join the crowd.

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Regardless of one’s political leanings, everyone can agree that this presidential campaign has caused more anxiety than most, if not all.

The ingredients concoct a recipe for a nail-biting anxiety: combative and often offensive rhetoric, Wikileaks disclosures, the suggestion of Russia’s role in tampering with our democratic process, a party at odds with itself due to its own candidate – all combine for a nasty plate of political heartburn.

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The Unexpected: Part of the Awesome Beacon Bike Ride

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Being a part of the Awesome Beacon Bike Ride has been an incredible privilege, filled with many unexpected gifts.

I have lived in Florida for 17 years, but it was only when planning our routes and then actually pedaling down the road, that I discovered a treasure of scenic towns, spectacular views and parts of the state I did not know or appreciate.

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The “Awe” in the Awesome Beacon Bike Ride

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Now that segments 16 and 17 of the ride have concluded, it is a pleasure to look back and consider the monumental task that was accomplished by the great many exceptional people involved in seeing this through.

The word “Awesome” describes it well in a variety of ways. I’ll admit that I was one of those among us who, at first, simply allowed those earliest Beacon bike ride emails to go right on by unnoticed.

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The Three Pillars of the Awesome Beacon Bike Ride

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Camaraderie, Advocacy, Health. What an apt set of objectives, though truth be told, I hadn’t fully processed their meanings before the ride.

However, staring at those words on the back of someone’s jersey while pedaling down the road stimulated a number of thoughts. Over the course of two days and part of a third, I not only thought about those words, I had the opportunity to experience them.

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