Gov. Charlie Baker is pushing new legislation that seeks further crackdown on the fentanyl trade. The deadly opioid is becoming increasingly common in Massachusetts, even as overall opioid deaths decline.

Mass. opioid deaths decline 8 percent

Emily Micucci |

It is the first time a yearly decline in opioid deaths has been reported since 2010, according to state data.


Mental health provider settles Medicaid fraud charges

Emily Micucci |

Behavioral health services provider South Bay Mental Health Center Inc., which has locations in Worcester and Leominster, has agreed to pay $4 million in a Medicaid fraud settlement.

VNA Care to close Worcester daycare center

Emily Micucci |

Home health agency VNA Care will close its daycare center on Thomas Street, citing extraordinary financial pressures caused by low federal reimbursement for home health services.

Health News

Group, UMass to hold meeting on Clinton hospital endoscopy closure

Zachary Comeau |

A state legislator is planning a community forum with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to hear community concerns about the loss of services at UMass Memorial HealthAlliance - Clinton Hospital.

Autism services agency BCI rebrands

Emily Micucci |

Central Massachusetts autism services provider Behavioral Concepts Inc. has rebranded, with a new logo, tagline and website.

Greater Worcester Community Foundation seeking applicants

Emily Micucci |

The Greater Worcester Community Foundation on Monday announced it is looking for grant applicants seeking to fund projects addressing the social determinants to health.

The Bridge joins four Central Mass. agencies in ACO partnership

Emily Micucci |

Five Worcester-area agencies have joined forces to create a community partner group aimed at serving MassHealth patients.

Movers & Shakers

Bowditch & Dewey and Solect Energy were just a few Central Mass. companies announcing new hires in January.

10 Things I Know About ... Maintaining productivity as employees care for loved ones

Lori Poisson |

10) Establish onsite support groups to help employees manage the stress, guilt and frustration often accompanying caregiving.

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