Local single-family home sales rise sharply in January

The sales of single-family homes rose 30 percent in Berkshire County last month, according to The Warren Group of Boston, which tracks state real estate transactions.

A total of 78 sales took place in January compared to 60 during the same month in 2015. The median sales price of a single family home in the Berkshires was $160,000 five percent lower than the $167,875 registered in January 2015.

Statewide, sales of single-family homes jumped 25 percent in January as 3,422 sales were recorded compared to 2,736 in January 2015. The median sale price dropped .48 percent to $320,000.


State settles with Tufts Health Plan over autism treatment

The state Attorney General's office has reached a settlement with Tufts Associated Health Plans Inc. to resolve allegations that it inhibited member access to coverage of Autism Spectrum Disorder treatments.

Under the terms of the Assurance of Discontinuance, filed on Feb. 16 in Suffolk Superior Court, Tufts will reimburse members who paid out-of-pocket ABA therapy as a result of its policies and reimburse providers who refunded payments from Tufts as a result of these policies.

Tufts will also refrain from implementing further policies that require parents to be present at ABA therapy sessions and will revise its policies to reflect that ABA therapy is covered in daycare and preschool settings.


SVMC earns top performer status from Joint Commission

Southwestern Vermont Medical Center has been recognized as a top performer on key quality measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States.

To be a top performer, hospitals had to meet performance criteria based on 2014 data.