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
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.
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 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.
Public awareness of advance care planning, palliative care and end-of-life options are key to improving end-of-life care in Massachusetts, according to a report prepared and released by UMass Medical School’s Commonwealth Medicine division.
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.
UMass Medical School experts will present on autism, oral health disparities in individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and supporting siblings of children with mental health needs at the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) annual conference Nov. 15-18 in Washington, D.C.
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.
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.
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.