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CHA Launches Open Access Scheduling for Surgery
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – As part of ongoing efforts to improve patients’ experience of care, Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), an academic community health system serving Cambridge, Somerville and Boston’s metro-north region, has launched open access scheduling in its Department of Surgery . Patients can now be seen same- or next-day for surgical evaluations on the CHA hospital campus of their choice (Cambridge, Somerville or Whidden (Everett)). Michael Wertheimer , MD, CHA’s interim chief of surgery, first in...
CHA and Community Partners Among Nation's Top Performers in Pilot to Reduce Hospital Readmission Rates
Cambridge, Mass. — Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), in collaboration with Somerville Cambridge Elder Services, Mystic Valley Elder Services, and Hallmark Health, is among the top performers in an innovative national pilot program to reduce hospital readmission rates. The group is one of 72 community-based programs across the US participating in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Community Care Transitions Project (CCTP). According to CMS findings, the CHA group reduced 30-day readmis...
Community Leaders Celebrate Grand Re-Opening of CHA Malden Care Center
Malden, Mass. – Community and business leaders, elected officials, and local residents joined Cambridge Health Alliance leadership and staff to celebrate the grand re-opening of the CHA Malden Care Center on Tuesday, February 24th. The open house showcased upgrades and renovations at the center that now allow CHA to accept new patients of all ages and provide enhanced care to Malden and neighboring communities. The CHA Malden Care Center , located at 195 Canal St., has added exam rooms along with consul...
CHA Celebrates Grand Re-Opening of Malden Care Center on February 24
Malden, Mass. – Cambridge Health Alliance will host a grand re-opening at the CHA Malden Care Center  on Tuesday, February 24th, from 3:30 - 6:00 PM. The event, which is free and open to the public, offers the community a chance to see the upgrades at the center that enable CHA to accept new patients of all ages and provide enhanced care to Malden and surrounding communities. The CHA Malden Care Center, located at 195 Canal St. , has added exam rooms along with consult rooms for new behavioral heal...
New Affordable Care Act Tools and Payment Models Deliver $372 Million in Savings, Improve Care
Medicare Shared Savings Program ACOs and Pioneer ACO Model show continued quality of care improvements and additional Medicare savings
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued quality and financial performance results showing that Medicare Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) have improved patient care and produced hundreds of millions of dollars in savings for the program. In addition to providing more Americans with access to quality, affordable health care, the Affordable Care Act encourages doctors, hospitals and other health care providers to work together to better coordinate care and keep...
CHA Union Square Family Health Center Recognized as National Model of Innovative Primary Care Practice
Somerville, Mass. — Cambridge Health Alliance’s  Union Square Family Health center is among 30 clinics nationwide selected as an Exemplar Primary Care Practice by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Group Health Research Institute, who have teamed up on a new initiative to identify practice innovations that make primary care more efficient, effective, and satisfying to patients and providers. The Primary Care Team: Learning from Effective Ambulatory Practices (LEAP) project identifies primary ca...
Cambridge Health Alliance and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Sign Clinical and Academic Affiliation Agreement
Partnership means better integrated care for patients in and out of hospital settings
Cambridge, Mass. — Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) have signed an agreement to form a clinical and academic affiliation to enhance care provided by both institutions. “We are excited to join forces with one of the nation’s preeminent academic medical centers to provide high-quality, coordinated, and cost-effective care in our patients’ local communities,” said Patrick Wardell, Chief Executive Officer of Cambridge Health Alliance, which operates three hosp...
CHA Showcases Its Transformation at International Summit on Patient Care
Cambridge , Mass. – Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) is honored to have a significant presence at the 14th Annual International Summit on Improving Patient Care in the Office Practice & the Community, presented by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and taking place from April 7-9 in Scottsdale, Ariz. Over one thousand healthcare leaders and professionals from across the world are attending the conference, which features several presentations from CHA staff, to learn about new ways to...
Cambridge Health Alliance Primary Care Practices Awarded Highest Level Recognition by National Committee for Quality Assurance
Cambridge, Mass. — Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), a Harvard-affiliated healthcare system that serves Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston's metro-north region, announced today that four of its primary care practices have been awarded Recognition by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Patient-Centered Medical Home 2011 program . Cambridge Family Health , Cambridge Family Health North , Broadway Health Center in Somerville, and the Malden Family Medicine Center received Level 3 Recognition,...
Cambridge Health Alliance Named to Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Physician Group Honor Roll
Cambridge, MA… Cambridge, MA…Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), a Harvard-affiliated integrated healthcare system that serves Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston's metro-north region, has been named to Harvard Pilgrim Health Care’s 2012 Physician Group Honor Roll with Distinction. The Harvard Pilgrim Honor Roll highlights 78 physician groups in Massachusetts, Maine, and New Hampshire that have achieved exceptional results in their approach to disease prevention and the treatment of acute and chronic illness...
Cambridge Health Alliance VP Wins Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Young Leader Award
Cambridge, Mass. – The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) today announced that Somava Stout, MD, of Cambridge Health Alliance is one of 10 winners of its first-ever RWJF Young Leader Award. The award recognizes leaders from across the U.S. who are ages 40 or under for their exceptional contributions to improving the health of the nation. The awards also signal the winners’ strong potential for future leadership. Dr. Somava Stout is a primary care physician who is committed to improving the health of ...
Secretary Bigby Joins CHA to Celebrate Support from Obama Administration to Enhance Care at Safety Net Hospitals
Cambridge, MA... Massachusetts Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. JudyAnn Bigby today joined local elected officials and leaders from the Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) at its Cambridge Hospital Campus to celebrate funding from the Obama Administration for Massachusetts safety net hospitals to advance integrated care and cost containment goals. “I thank the Obama Administration and our congressional and state legislative partners for supporting this initiative that will help our safety net hospita...
Cambridge Health Alliance Receives Schwartz Center Grant to Promote Compassionate Care
Cambridge, MA… The Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the relationship between patients and their healthcare providers, has awarded Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) with a grant to promote compassionate care. The $35,000 grant is one of seven, totaling $227,660, that were given to healthcare organizations in six states across the country. With the support of the grant, CHA, which operates three hospital campuses and a network of prim...
Cambridge Health Alliance Receives Grant from Harvard Medical School to Transform Primary Care Practices
Four CHA clinics among the 17 Boston-area practices selected for two-year grants to transform health care training and delivery
Cambridge, MA… Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) is one of six Boston-area hospitals and health systems selected for the newly formed Academic Innovations Collaborative launched by the Harvard Medical School Center for Primary Care (HMSCPC), which will provide more than $10 million in resources over two years to 17 hospital-based primary care teaching practices and affiliated community health practice partners. CHA will receive a $1 million grant and provide an additional $1 million in matching funds...