Housing Crisis of Springfield

Written collaboratively by Mary Crosby, Keisha Mojica, and Kiara Vazquez, Community Health Workers at SoNE HEALTH As a team of Community Health Workers that serve the Greater Springfield population, SoNE HEALTH provides support and resources to the Massachusetts Medicaid population. Support includes assisting patients with completing applications for state-funded housing, food assistance applications, utility assistance […]

COPD: Healthy for the Holidays

By: Annmarie Barlett-Rattell, RN, BSN RN Care Manager ‘Tis the season for respiratory illnesses and a good time to discuss COPD. COPD is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States after heart disease, cancer, and unintentional injury. Over 16 million people have been diagnosed with COPD, and millions more remain undiagnosed! Risk […]

A Quality Collaboration: Working Together to Deliver High-Value Care

By: John Sunde, VP, Payor Partnerships at SoNE HEALTH, and Laurel Pickering, MPH, Director, Strategic Growth Development at Centivo Employers are once again grappling with the high price of healthcare, reeling from rising renewals that have no reflection on the quality of their employees’ care. And whether companies shift costs to employees or take on […]

A Good Night’s Sleep

By: Kit McKinnon BSN, RN, CDCES Director, Care Management at SoNE HEALTH The discovery of insulin in 1922 saved and extended the life of people who developed Type 1 Diabetes (T1D). A second historic breakthrough in diabetes management is the continuous glucose monitor (CGM). The CGM is a medical device that provides glucose level data […]

Navigating Medicare Open Enrollment: A Guide for Medicare Eligible Beneficiaries

By: Bill McCarthy, Senior Vice President at May, Bonee & Clark Insurance (a full-service insurance brokerage agency) Are you approaching the age of 65, newly retired over age 65, or recently qualified for Medicare due to a disability? Congratulations, you’re about to embark on a new chapter in your healthcare journey. As a newly eligible […]

Interdisciplinary Care Team Reduces Heart Failure Exacerbations

By: Katherine Fico, PharmD, BCACP       Clinical Pharmacist Lead Advisor at SoNE HEALTH SoNE HEALTH supports patients by collaborating as an interdisciplinary team of healthcare professionals, including physicians, advanced practice providers, nurses, pharmacists, social workers, and community health workers. The SoNE HEALTH Clinical Pharmacists focus on medication optimization, medication adherence, and deprescribing especially when polypharmacy […]

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

By:  Tracy Reilly, MLS          Manager of Quality & Performance at SoNE HEALTH October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The American Cancer Society partnered with Imperial Chemical Industries in 1985, which started as a week-long campaign. Betty Ford helped kick off this important event as she was a breast cancer survivor. She […]

Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare

By: Renee Broadbent, MBA, CCSFP       Chief Information Officer & Information Security Officer The use of artificial intelligence (AI) has exploded in recent years. The use of AI in healthcare holds potential in many areas and can ease the burden of the physician while enhancing and improving the patient experience.  That said, there are not […]

Working Together To Find Solutions

By: John Sunde, MHA VP, Payor Strategies at SoNE HEALTH When you are looking for a home for you and your family to provide them with safety and comfort you want it to be designed and constructed by a skilled team of architects, carpenters, electricians and plumbers. Check!  When you are looking for an automobile […]

Innovative Pilot Program Working to Combat Food Insecurity

By: Lisa Flynn, MPH, Program Support Coordinator at SoNE HEALTH Food insecurity is not having, being uncertain of having, or being unable to acquire enough food to meet one’s basic needs due to insufficient funds or other resources for food. In the United States, roughly forty-two million people do not know where their next meal […]