Perspective

May 02, 2019

If Managed Care Organizations & Accountable Care Organizations invested in school nutrition programs now to ensure lunches are up to Health Hunger-Free Kids Act standards, it may cut healthcare costs tomorrow. Andrew Falacci blogs on the importance of instilling healthy eating habits in youth to “avoid costs and poor health in the future."

April 10, 2019

Would ending some drug rebates for PBMs lower list prices and patient out-of-pocket-costs? Our pharmacy experts Mckenzie Taylor & Stephanie Tran explore a proposed rule from the Department of Health and Human Services that would change the Medicare & Medicaid pricing system.

March 26, 2019

Pharmacists play a vital role in the patient care process that is often overlooked. Clinical pharmacy expert Ashley Chiara blogs about how they connect the dots between prescribers and patients, impacting clinical and economic outcomes.

February 05, 2019

Comprehensive care for children – including greater attention to behavioral health, socio-emotional development, and strong family relationships – may hold the key to lifelong health and well-being.

January 31, 2019

Prohibiting gag clauses could help lower consumer out-of-pocket pharmacy costs - if Pharmacy Benefits Managers don't raise prices to make-up the difference. Mylissa Price closes our blog series on President Trump's Blueprint to Lower Drug Costs in this final entry.

January 08, 2019

Decoding the critical differences between state Medicaid programs can be a frustrating task for policymakers & researchers alike. Health policy expert Rachel Gershon simplifies things by shedding light on helpful informational resources in a new blog post.

December 13, 2018

The Trump Administration Blueprint to Lower Drug Prices and Reduce Out-of-Pocket Costs calls for incentives to lower drug list prices, including removing rebates. Our clinical consultant Stephanie Tran continues our pharmacy blog series with an assessment of this potential change & its impacts.

December 11, 2018

Director of academic programs for the Health and Criminal Justice Program Warren Ferguson, shares the story of how he collaborated with Criminal Justice health experts from UMass Medical School & the Tufts Medical School to develop the first required curriculum on correctional health in the United States.

December 05, 2018

The health of vulnerable populations in Massachusetts, including children, could be affected by a proposed update to the Public Charge Rule. Senior Policy Analyst John Moreschi blogs about the impact as outlined in his issue brief for the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation.

December 03, 2018

New Trump Administrations Section 1332 waiver guidance increases state ACA flexibility. Rachel Gershon & Catie Torri discuss what this could mean for health care policy.

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