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October 9, 2014

Dr. Robert Master testified the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Health Policy Commission

On Tuesday of this week, Commonwealth Care Alliance CEO Dr. Robert Master testified the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Health Policy Commission. At a hearing on health cost trends, he discussed the need for greater integration of behavioral health with overall health, and he called for building crisis stabilization units, respite facilities, and transitional housing to help individuals with behavioral health issues

Read about the hearing on our Dually Noted blog

September 3, 2014

Why behavioral health and primary care should be integrated

Peggy Johnson, M.D., Commonwealth Care Alliance’s Chief of Psychiatry, was quoted in the Commonwealth Fund’s publication Quality Matters.  In a wide-ranging article on the integration of behavioral health and primary care, Peggy discussed the “compelling need” for primary care clinicians to be engaged with individuals who have serious and persistent mental illness. Peggy explains that these individuals do not, on average, live as long as the general population because many of them suffer from other conditions, such as cardiovascular disease. In the article, Peggy also describes Commonwealth Care Alliance’s integrated, coordinated approach to care.

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September 2, 2014

Community-based approaches cut costs and improve care for seniors

In the recent edition of Leadership, published by the Healthcare Financial Management Association, Commonwealth Care Alliance CEO Bob Master, MD, discusses his organization’s success in using hospitalists to manage inpatient care for our Senior Care Options members. Bob explains that Commonwealth Care Alliance began providing hospitalist service in 2011 at Boston Medical Center. Since that time, the organization has seen a 50% reduction in its 30-day hospital readmission rate for Senior Care Options enrollees.

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August 7, 2014

CEO Bob Master in the Boston Globe on expansion of psychatric facilities

In today’s Boston Globe, our CEO Bob Master, MD, comments on Steward Health Care’s decision to increase beds for adults with mental illness or substance abuse disorders by 21 percent. Bob agrees that the state needs to increase mental health services. However, Bob points out, many individuals with behavioral health issues do not need to be hospitalized. These people, Bob says, are often better served by community-based or crisis-stabilization programs.

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July 1, 2014

Commonwealth Care Alliance lands $10M loan from New York startup.

V-Cap is proud to make its first loan to Commonwealth Care Alliance (CCA).  CCA is a special organization, committed to transformation of care delivery for the most poorly served and expensive Medicaid and Dual beneficiaries with complex needs.  Commonwealth Care Alliance adopts new models of interdisciplinary primary care, and innovative palliative and hospitalist care programs.

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June 12, 2014

This Father’s Day: Shop Amazon and support Commonwealth Care Alliance

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If you’re shopping for a Father’s Day present on Amazon, consider using Amazon’s companion website, AmazonSmile Foundation, which supports charitable groups like CCA.
At smile.amazon.com, you can buy the same goods and services at the same prices as Amazon. The difference is the AmazonSmile Foundation donates 0.5% of each purchase price to the customer’s selected charitable organization. You can designate Commonwealth Care Alliance as your charitable organization of choice, and you will be making a contribution to CCA every time you make a purchase.
To celebrate Father’s Day, from now through 6/15/2014, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate an extra $5 for each customer who makes an eligible purchase at smile.amazon.com in support of Commonwealth Care Alliance Inc. This is in addition to the regular donation of 0.5% of the purchase price.