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UMass Medical School study suggests hepatitis C patients face barriers to new drug treatments

A UMass Medical School study of Massachusetts Medicaid members suggests certain patients with hepatitis C face barriers to receiving the newest medications to treat the virus. The research paper published in the June edition of the Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy says more patients must have access to the life-saving regimens.

MedPage Today: Shriver Center researcher says few studies focus on obesity in people with intellectual, developmental disabilities

Children with intellectual and developmental disabilities may face more risk factors for obesity than typically developing youths, but few studies have focused on obesity in those with disabilities, a researcher in UMass Medical School’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center told MedPage Today

MassHealth, UMass Medical School to sponsor 11th annual medical interpreters conference June 10

Medical interpreters from throughout New England can choose from 15 workshops, including one on understanding the Zika virus, and listen to a keynote on serving vulnerable populations at the 11th annual Paving the Way to Health Care Access Conference June 10 at the Courtyard Marriott in Marlborough.

Specialty Pharmacy Continuum: UMass Medical School pharmacist says PCSK9 value-based contracts will make them more affordable and put focus on adherence

A UMass Medical School clinical consultant pharmacist says value-based contracts for proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9) inhibitors, a new class of cholesterol-lowering drugs, will lead to lower prices and help patients decrease cholesterol levels, according to an article in Specialty Pharmacy Continuum about an agreement Cigna has reached with Amgen and Sanofi/Regeneron.

Community organizations critical to enrolling the uninsured in subsidized health insurance, UMass Medical School report says

Community-based organizations play a critical role in enrolling the remaining uninsured in publicly subsidized health insurance and promoting consumer self-sufficiency, according to a report authored by UMass Medical School and released by the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation (BCBSMA Foundation).

UMass Medical School training community organizations to help consumers understand and use health insurance

UMass Medical School is training community organizations in an effort to improve consumer understanding of health insurance and increase self-sufficiency. The organizations are participating in  the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA) Foundation’s Connecting Consumers with Care grant program.

UMass Medical School health policy expert to participate in webinar on innovative Medicaid models for health-related services

UMass Medical School health policy expert Katharine London, MS, will discuss the pediatric asthma bundled payment model she helped design for MassHealth, the Massachusetts Medicaid program, in a Center for Health Care Strategies’ webinar June 2.

UMass Medical School disability employment policy expert to receive Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association’s Armin Loeb Award

Alexis D. Henry, ScD, OTR/L, a disability employment policy expert at UMass Medical School, will receive the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association’s prestigious Armin Loeb Award during the 2016 Recovery Workforce Summit in Boston May 22-25.

The Boston Globe: Massachusetts doctors, patients not prepared for end-of-life care, according to survey by UMass Medical School and SSRS

Doctors and patients in Massachusetts are not prepared for end-of-life care, and one-third of those who had a relative who died recently were disappointed in their care, according to a recent survey conducted by UMass Medical School and SSRS, and organized by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA).