There is growing awareness that if you want your wishes followed for the medical care you are given – or not given – at the end of your life, you should talk about it in advance with your loved ones and doctor, says a new report co-authored by UMass Medical School for the Massachusetts Coalition of Serious Illness Care.
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.
Although Massachusetts leads the nation with the lowest rates of uninsurance, residents who are male, single, young, and low-income are more likely than others to be persistently without health insurance for two consecutive years. This was one of the findings of a report co-authored by researchers from UMass Medical School and the Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority and funded by the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation. The findings suggest that a variety of approaches are needed to reduce the number of residents who remain without health insurance.
UMass Medical School is conducting a cost analysis for the New England Asthma Innovation Collaborative (NEAIC) project launched to improve asthma outcomes and reduce the health care costs of children in four New England states.
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 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.
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).
The Autism Insurance Resource Center at UMass Medical School’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center May 5 honored four individuals for their dedication and commitment to helping families and individuals in the autism community.
The cost of health insurance, limits in eligibility and difficulties with the application process are among the major reasons more than 200,000 individuals across Massachusetts are still uninsured, according to a report co-authored by UMass Medical School and commissioned by the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA) Foundation. The report authors conclude that the experiences of the remaining uninsured can inform future strategies for improving health insurance access.