WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2013

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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Since August 2010, Avellone has been a senior vice president for Paraxel, a Walthambased company that helps biopharmaceutical firms bring drugs to market. His position overseeing clinical trials, he says, has given him a global perspective to the Massachusetts economy. "We have 15,000 employees across the world," he says. "I know why we hire the people we hire. A lot of it is where the workforce is." As governor, he says, he would corral the state's 24 semi-autonomous public colleges into giving higher priority to "the middle skills that are required for the new kinds of industries and services." He cites, for example, a certificate program that Paraxel developed with Salem State to teach students how to monitor clinical trials. As far as his other big issue, health care, Avellone advocates moving away from the fee-for-service payment system and toward collaborative care organizations that are paid annual amounts for a patient's overall care. That provides a strong incentive for specialists to coordinate treatment and emphasize preventative care. "We've all probably experienced being referred from one doctor to another doctor to another. The records aren't there, the tests get repeated," Avellone says of traditional health care. with mixed results in the 1990s under the unfortunate name of capitation. "Today," Avellone says, "with the ability to use real 67 f a l l 2 0 1 3 | We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e The collaborative approach was tried

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