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Rachel Gershon
April 21, 2017

As governors and lawmakers lobby for flexibility in running their Medicaid programs, Massachusetts offers a prime example of how states can gain greater control over how their federal health dollars are spent.

College students
April 18, 2017

In response to a bleak national employment outlook facing college graduates with disabilities, the National Organization on Disability (NOD) today announced a creative new effort to bring higher education professionals and employers together in Boston, to both identify more employment opportunities for students with disabilities and to develop new methods of college recruiting to address the issue long-term. UMass Medical School’s Work Without Limits is a partner in this new program.

Rhode Island on map
April 11, 2017

Transforming the health system in Rhode Island to achieve the “Triple Aim” of better care, healthier people, and smarter spending is the Rhode Island State Innovation Model (SIM) project’s goal. UMass Medical School’s’s Office of Program Development (OPD) is starting its second year of working with the state on this federally-funded program. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation is supporting this and similar innovation efforts in 23 other states.

Joyce A. Murphy
April 07, 2017

UMass Medical School honored Joyce A. Murphy, MPA, executive vice chancellor of the Commonwealth Medicine division, as one of its trailblazing women at the annual Women’s History Month celebration on Tuesday, April 4.

Caregiver with elderly man
April 05, 2017

UMass Medical School health policy experts have developed sustainable financing models for the state of Maine to support four community health worker (CHW) interventions that focus on patients with the greatest, and most costly, health care needs.

Clinician with patient
April 04, 2017

The Southern New England Practice Transformation Network (SNE-PTN), a collaborative led by UMass Medical School and UConn Health, has reached its full enrollment milestone of enrolling 5,400 clinicians more than 18 months ahead of schedule.

Jail yard
March 30, 2017

Substance abuse treatment programs run by two Massachusetts sheriffs offer a new way of treating addiction using medication, a promising approach being studied by UMass Medical School’s Warren J. Ferguson, MD, according to a report by NPR’s Here & Now.

opioid pills
March 29, 2017

The Opioid Therapeutic Class Management Workgroup, which UMass Medical School developed for a state Medicaid program, is featured in a Managed Healthcare Executive article about opioid utilization strategies for managed care organizations. This workgroup model was presented at the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy's Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy Annual Meeting on March 28.

US Capital Dome
March 27, 2017

A UMass Medical School expert in health law and policy will delve into the complexities surrounding waivers and federal health reform at the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Annual Health Law Symposium April 7 in Boston.

Man in wheelchair at Raise the Bar Hire! conference
March 22, 2017

UMass Medical School’s Work Without Limits has announced sponsorship opportunities for the Raise the Bar Hire! Conference and Career Fair October 5-6 featuring notable autism advocate Temple Grandin, PhD, as keynote speaker.

Pharmacist
March 21, 2017

A recent survey of New England pharmacies found the median cost to dispense one prescription to a Medicaid beneficiary is $10.59. The survey was completed by the New England States Consortium Systems Organization (NESCSO), a nonprofit organized by the health and human service agencies of the New England states and UMass Medical School, in partnership with the accounting firm of Myers and Stauffer LC.

Medical records
March 20, 2017

Engaging stakeholders to thoughtfully restructure into an integrated healthcare delivery system is no easy task, but MassHealth did just that through its Accountable Care Organization (ACO) initiative, UMass Medical School’s Carolyn Langer, MD, told Healthcare IT News. Dr. Langer will discuss the initiative at a forum in Boston April 3.

Mother and daughter at doctor
March 20, 2017

A proposal to bring single-payer health care to Massachusetts is aspirational because it lacks details and may need funding changes to be successful, UMass Medical School health policy expert Katharine London, MS, told the Telegram & Gazette. London led the team that developed the Vermont single-payer financing model.

Warren J. Ferguson
March 16, 2017

UMass Medical School has created the Warren J. Ferguson Scholarship to honor its namesake’s contributions to the field of criminal justice health. The scholarship was announced March 16 at the Academic & Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health, which Dr. Ferguson co-founded 10 years ago.

Drugs in packaging
March 15, 2017

The Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) has elected Paul Jeffrey, PharmD, a pharmacy director in UMass Medical School’s Commonwealth Medicine division, to the Board of Directors. Three other medical school pharmacists were also chosen to hold AMCP leadership positions.

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