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Opioid deaths worsen in Worcester, improve statewide

Grant Welker |

Four Central Massacusetts cities — Framingham, Gardner, Marlborough and Worcester — are bucking a state trend that is generally showing fewer opioid-related deaths.

Fallon's membership down, profit up

Fallon Health reported a 2% drop in membership in the first quarter of the year compared to a year ago but saw a return to profitability.

Spectrum's new executive director targeting child drug use

Worcester addiction treatment firm Spectrum Health Systems has created a new position to oversee adolescent addiction services and is promoting a longtime employee to the job.

Report: Drivers of health care spending still drugs, provider pricing

State House News Service |

With prices of care continuing to increase, Massachusetts still ranks among the top for overall health expenses, according to a new report.

New UMass chief nursing officer wants to continue community focus

UMass Memorial Medical Center named its new chief nursing officer Justin Precourt, who comes from leadership positions at Tufts Medical Center and Brigham & Women's Hospital.

Sexual infections on rise in Worcester, beyond

Susan Shalhoub |

Funding cuts to prevention services are one cause for a rise in gonorrhea and other STI's. That's brought a stronger response from health officials in Central Massachusetts.

Hopkinton software firm raises $6M

Veruna, a Hopkinton company specializing in insurance technology software, has completed a $6-million funding round.

Community health centers operating on slim margins

State House News Service |

Some Massachusetts community health centers are "essentially one snowstorm away from having challenges making payroll," an expert on the industry's finances said Wednesday.

Fallon adds Reliant providers to senior health plan

Fallon Health said Friday it will include Reliant Medical Group care providers in its network for its Fallon Senior Plan Medicare Advantage plan members starting Jan. 1.

UMass Memorial reaches labor deal, while Nashoba Valley nurses vote to strike

Grant Welker |

Two Central Massachusetts hospitals gave sharply diverging news on labor relations Thursday.

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