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Illustration of the Hepatitis C virus
July 25, 2017

Pairing patients up with the right medications, sending refill reminders and tracking results are all ingredients for a successful hepatitis C medication management program, says UMass Medical School pharmacy expert.

Blue pills and orange bottle
July 18, 2017

Amid a nationwide opioid addiction crisis, payers must look well beyond simply containing costs and work closely with doctors who are prescribing these powerful pain medications, says Tyson Thompson, PharmD, a clinical consultant pharmacist at UMass Medical School.

Elderly woman with her doctor
July 17, 2017

UMass Medical School has won national recognition for its use of technology to help connect seniors and people with disabilities with long-term services and supports. Created in 2015, MassOptions is a phone support line and website that provides referrals to day services, in-home supports, equipment and supplies, and mental health and personal care services.

Robert Seifert
July 13, 2017

As efforts mount to rein in relentlessly rising medical costs, there are “going to be winners and losers” among health care organizations as they grapple with an inevitable decline in revenue, says UMass Medical School’s Robert W. Seifert, MPA.

The Alaska skyline
July 11, 2017

Alaska’s success in heading off looming rate increases under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides a potential roadmap for states interested in using a federal waiver process to change their local health care markets, notes UMass Medical School health care law and policy expert Rachel Gershon, JD, MPH.

The U.S. departments of Health and Human Services and Treasury on July 11 announced approval of Alaska’s 1332 waiver.

Missouri on a map
July 11, 2017

Missouri’s largest retirement system for local government workers has partnered with UMass Medical School’s Disability Evaluation Services to provide enhancements and support for its disability certification and re-certification process.

elevating business
July 05, 2017

Wells Fargo, a USBLN Corporate Partner and Founding Partner of the USBLN Disability Supplier Diversity Program (DSDP®), will provide generous financial support to aid these efforts with a grant to the Massachusetts Business Leadership Network (MABLN), a program of UMass Medical School’s Work Without Limits (WWL).

Newborn child in blue blanket
June 29, 2017

The New England Newborn Screening Program, operated by UMass Medical School for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, will begin a voluntary pilot screening program for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), as a result of the availability of a new FDA-approved therapy for the genetic disorder.

Man with down syndrome working in call center
June 28, 2017

A disability inclusion leader who is also the father of a child with a disability will be one of several key speakers at the Raise the Bar Hire! Conference October 5-6 hosted by UMass Medical School’s Work Without Limits.

woman helping senior man with shopping
June 26, 2017

Federal regulations on the treatment of the “medically frail” could in fact provide an “opportunity” for states which seek to expand their Medicaid programs in the future, notes Sherry Campanelli, MPA, disability evaluation expert at UMass Medical School.

Two elderly people holding hands on a cane
June 20, 2017

States still moving ahead with Medicaid expansion face an added challenge: Setting up systems to identify and properly enroll “medically frail” individuals, notes Sherry Campanelli MPA, a disability evaluation expert at UMass Medical School.

Senior man and home caregiver playing board game
June 19, 2017

Healthcare organizations in Connecticut could improve the health of high-need patients with asthma, diabetes, and other chronic conditions while also saving money by hiring community health workers, according to an analysis completed by UMass Medical School for the Connecticut Health Foundation.

Elderly woman with walker
June 16, 2017

Whether the nation’s sickest and most vulnerable people receive full Medicaid benefits hinges on what states they live in, notes Sherry Campanelli, MPA, an expert in disability evaluation at UMass Medical School.

Terry Dougherty
June 15, 2017

People with significant health issues could wind up getting priced out of the insurance market under legislation recently passed by the House to repeal and replace key parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), warns UMass Medical School expert Terry Dougherty, MPH.

Steve Colella receiving Kraft award
June 12, 2017

Stephen Colella, a disability reviewer from UMass Medical School, has been honored by the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation for creating and managing a job search initiative.

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