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The MetroWest Daily News: Weinstock, Shannon say barriers exist for access to autism treatment, services

More needs to be done to eliminate barriers and improve access to insurance coverage for all Massachusetts residents who have autism, Amy Weinstock, director of the Autism Insurance Resource Center at UMass Medical School’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center, and Daniel Shannon, executive director of the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council, stated in an editorial in The

UMass Medical School studying patterns of health care use among people with intellectual disabilities

Massachusetts is one of five states using Medicaid claims data to study how people with intellectual disabilities are using health care services. The study led by UMass Medical School aims to improve the health and well-being of this population and understand their health care patterns.

Shriver Center to train emergency planners about needs of people with disabilities

When a town orders an evacuation in a severe storm, people with disabilities may need the type of help no one has foreseen, such as accessible transportation to a shelter. To make sure people receive the help they need, UMass Medical School’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center will launch an online course to teach emergency planners across the country the best strategies for emergency planning for and with individuals with disabilities.

Clinical pharmacists to present on respiratory syncytial virus prevention; medication management

Clinical pharmacists from UMass Medical School’s Commonwealth Medicine division will present on the use of antibodies to reduce hospitalizations and emergency room visits in respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) patients, and medication management strategies for dual-eligible and substance abuse populations at the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy’s 27th annual meeting and expo April 7-10 in San Diego.

The Weather Channel to air New England Newborn Screening lab technician's heroic act that helped save baby's life

The Weather Channel will air the story of Melody Rush, a lab technician in UMass Medical School’s New England Newborn Screening Program who braved a blizzard to pick up a newborn baby’s blood sample and helped save her life, in an episode of the “So You think You’d Survive?” series at 10 p.m. Nov. 19.

Pharmacy manager appointed to Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy medication addiction advisory group

The Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) has appointed Kimberly Lenz, PharmD, a clinical pharmacy manager in UMass Medical School’s Commonwealth Medicine division, an inaugural member of a medication addiction advisory group that will produce recommendations on treatment best practices.

UMass Medical School, MassHealth program may help reduce use of pediatric behavioral health medications

The Pediatric Behavioral Health Medication Initiative (PBHMI), a program developed by UMass Medical School and MassHealth, Massachusetts’ Medicaid program, may help reduce the use of pediatric behavioral medications, according to an article in Managed Healthcare Executive Oct. 29.

Dr. Warren Ferguson keynote at Correctional Health Research Symposium: Academic health centers should address public health effects of mass incarceration

Warren J. Ferguson, MD, UMass Medical School’s criminal justice health expert, will give the keynote address urging academic health science centers to address the public health effects of mass incarceration May 10 at the Correctional Health Research Symposium at Augusta University.

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