November 03, 2020

If you had all the components to build the best car in the world but no plan to understand how they fit and work together, chances are you're not going to go very far. However, when correctly assembled, the full value will exceed the cost of the separate parts. And you will have a car to take you anywhere you want to go. Health informatics is like that. Mark Sugure, MSN, Managing Director, Clinical Delivery and Informatics Solutions, discusses the importance of data in health care in this blog.

October 05, 2020

New drugs and vaccinations are being developed at record pace to help fight an aggressive disease on a global scale. It will be important for organizations to stay on top of these rapidly evolving therapies and adjust to the everchanging landscape with simultaneous formulary management and cost containment. Commonwealth Medicine’s expert Clinical Pharmacy team applies the latest academic research and clinical advancements in real-time to provide customizable solutions, ensuring that your pharmacy benefit program offers clinical integrity, independence and transparency. As part of the University of Massachusetts Medical School, we are uniquely positioned to ensure your pharmacy benefit program represents Patient First clinical excellence.

September 14, 2020

For more than 40 years, case management techniques have proven effective at meeting health plan members’ complex behavioral health needs. Still, today, when it comes to case management services, individuals coming out of correctional facilities remain underserved. Many community-based health plans fail to recognize that these individuals require at least the same intensity of case management services they would need as someone who is discharged from a psychiatric hospital or detox facility.

August 31, 2020

Developing mission, vision, and values statements are how an organization declares "who we are, what we're about, and how we're going to accomplish our goals together." These are intended to be living documents that guide not only long-term planning but daily actions and decision making. Creating these statements is an essential step of strategic planning—but only the first step in how an organization sets its destination and achieves its goals.

August 27, 2020

Prior authorization (PA) is a utilization management tool used to support safe, appropriate, and cost-effective use of medications. Because of extreme high volume, PAs are not always resubmitted for recertification before an authorization expires. The result may increase the risk of treatment delays and reduced medication adherence, which may compromise patient outcomes and increase medical costs. To solve for this issue, Commonwealth Medicine’s Clinical Pharmacy Services established a PA recertification program that uses proactive communication to coordinate care and ensure that patients always have access to necessary pharmaceutical therapies.

July 06, 2020

With COVID-19, keeping customers connected to your organization is more critical and more challenging than ever—especially in health care. The time of the customer contact centers has arrived, and there is every indication it is here to stay.

June 26, 2020

In this time of disruption and economic stress brought on by COVID-19, keeping families safe, healthy, and intact is more important than ever. Catherine Geary, MPH, senior policy analyst, Health Law and Policy discusses the benefits of family-oriented healthcare and therapy in improving a family’s communication and relationships.

June 24, 2020

Imagine you were learning how to use a parachute, but your instructor spoke a different language. Lisa Morris, Director of Cross Cultural Initiatives at the Massachusetts Area Health Education Center, discusses the importance of medical interpreters during the COVID-19 outbreak. 

June 16, 2020

Pharmaceutical breakthroughs offer the promise of life-changing treatment for many patients. When payers evaluate how to add new drugs to their formularies, they must have clear insight into how many of their members are likely to benefit and at what cost. Commonwealth Medicine clinical pharmacists provide expert curation of pipeline intelligence, clinical trial analysis, and claims-based data analytics to predict the impact of new drug treatments on specific populations.

May 21, 2020

At the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, Commonwealth Medicine’s child and family policy expert partnered with the Massachusetts Office of the Child Advocate on an ambitious outreach and communications plan to promote tools and resources for families living with, or threatened by, domestic violence and child abuse while isolated from schools, extended family, and community activities.