Commonwealth Medicine is shaping conversation on health care policy, both on the local and national levels. We want to ensure that people who rely on public agencies for their health care have access to quality, cost-effective services.
The health policy leaders at Commonwealth Medicine, the health care consulting division of UMass Medical School, have the applied research and legal expertise essential for successfully developing, analyzing, and implementing health policy.
- Disability and Employment
We develop and promote policies to help people with disabilities overcome obstacles that can prevent them from working.
- Long-Term Care Financing
As the population lives longer, financial planning for long-term care becomes increasingly important. We are developing financing initiatives to help prepare people for paying for long-term care for themselves and their family members.
- Health Care Systems
New policies’ effect on health care systems can be positive or negative — or anywhere in between. At Commonwealth Medicine, we develop, evaluate, and implement policies, always taking into account their potential impact on health care systems.
- Pharmacy Analytics
After conducting extensive analysis of a client's pharmacy and medical claims data, we compare it to current evidence-based medicine and clinical guidelines. Our resulting policy-change recommendations maximize positive patient outcomes while containing costs.
- Substance Abuse
Our team develops and implements policies for public health and managed care organizations that serve populations with substance use disorders.
- Health Information Technology Policy
We are developing policy for health information technology and exchange. Our focus is on standards, privacy and security, financing, and sustainability.