Senior Director of the Health and Criminal Justice Program, Julie White discusses the concerning state of criminal justice in the United States today. With over 2.2 million people incarcerated, she believes new approaches to criminal justice are imperative for creating safer communities and reducing rates of crime.
Over two million Americans are in either federal or state prison or local jail facilities. Despite this high population, the attention paid to the quality of the medical care inmates receive is often minimal. Dyana Nickl discusses the areas for improvement she sees in how health care is delivered in our nation's correctional facilities.
Some of the Commonwealth’s most underserved populations—the elderly, people with disabilities and their caregivers— now have simplified access to the long-term services and supports (LTSS) they need, thanks to MassOptions, an innovative collaboration between UHealthSolutions, the nonprofit business affiliate of UMass Medical School, and the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs.
Regional Operations Director of the Health and Criminal Justice Program, Robert Delanders implores lawmakers to take a closer look at the quality of healthcare for women in the correctional setting and shares the proven positive effects improved care and increased visitation has had on inmate health and recidivism.
Jay Flanagan of the Southern New England Practice Transformation Network shares how optometry practices across the country are saving thousands of dollars in healthcare costs by giving patients a more affordable alternative to the emergency room for eye emergencies.
Warren J. Ferguson shares his experience and thoughts on presentations and discussions that took place at the 11th Academic and Health Policy Conference.
Jessica Carpenter, Senior Director of Disability and Community Services, explains the history of Pre-Admission Screening and Resident Review and gives a brief overview of it's processes.
Skilled nursing facility use has declined, but the number of beds has not dropped at the same rate. Rebecca Laes-Kushner discusses this issue of "over-bedding" and how Medicaid agencies can act now to lower costs by maximizing policies that eliminate unneeded beds.
Ongoing quality management and review of disability benefit evaluation processes and procedures is critical for state and municipal retirement systems. Working with a partner skilled in assisting organizations with all aspects of medical review needs can ease the burden, says Jody Simpson of Disability Evaluation Services.
Building a successful Long Term Services and Support program starts with creating strong clinical guidelines, says Jessica Carpenter, Senior Director of Disability and Community Services. The goal is ensuring individuals receive the right service, in the right setting, and at the right time.