April 19, 2018

Warren J. Ferguson shares his experience and thoughts on presentations and discussions that took place at the 11th Academic and Health Policy Conference.

April 04, 2018

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.  

March 27, 2018

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. 

March 08, 2018

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.

February 28, 2018

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.

February 08, 2018

Robert Seifert of the Center for Health Law and Economics discusses the Indiana Medicaid Waiver, which was recently approved for a three year extension by the federal government. 

January 29, 2018

Extensive evidence shows that Community Health Workers (CHWs) can help health systems meet the triple aim: improve population health, improve quality of care and contain costs, while also promoting health equity and community engagement. Katharine London discusses how new payment methods and delivery system reforms give health care providers flexibility to provide sustainable funding for CHWs.

January 26, 2018

Kentucky’s 1115 Medicaid Waiver, approved by CMS on January 12, 2018, uses small financial incentives and punishments to try to change the behavior of enrollees. Rebecca Laes-Kushner explains this new Medicaid setup. 

January 25, 2018

Disability evaluation can be a challenge for state and municipal retirement system administrators. Jody Simpson of Disability Evaluation Services explains how UMass Medical School is uniquely equipped to help support systems through all components of the medical review process. 

January 11, 2018

Jessica Carpenter discusses why states should guarantee contracts for Managed Long-Term Care plans include requirements for policies, guidelines, and processes that will provide the appropriate services to members, manage utilization, and ensure the state’s funding is used appropriately.