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UMass Medical School building
October 12, 2016

Two programs and one employee of UMass Medical School’s Commonwealth Medicine division are among those being honored by the 2016 Commonwealth of Massachusetts Performance Recognition Program.

Man taking medication
October 11, 2016

Many seniors are prescribed medications considered high-risk because of their potential to cause adverse reactions and events. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is addressing this issue with its recent release of safety tips for older adults. Health insurers can do even more by implementing a high-risk medication intervention program.

Woman with her nurse
October 06, 2016

An expert on the Care Transformation Collaborative of Rhode Island (CTC), a patient-centered medical home initiative managed by UMass Medical School, will present on creating community health teams to help patients who have high-cost, complex needs at the Patient-Centered Medical Home Congress, sponsored by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Oct. 7-9 in Chicago.

Prescription drugs stacked
October 03, 2016

A clinical pharmacist from UMass Medical School’s Clinical Pharmacy Services division will present on promising specialty medications with the biggest impact on drug spend expected to receive approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) within the next two years at the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy’s Nexus 2016 conference, being held Oct. 3-6 in National Harbor, Maryland.

Home care worker speaking to man
September 29, 2016

A six-year effort to improve the training and advance the skills of direct care workers was highlighted in a Sept. 19 article in Worcester Business Journal’s Health quarterly.

Siblings
September 28, 2016

The director of the Sibling Support Program: A Family-Centered Mental Health Initiative will discuss the role of families and siblings in the behavioral health experience at a live networking event sponsored by the Massachusetts Association of Healthcare Quality (MAHQ) Oct. 19 at Newton-Wellesley Hospital.

Dr. Carolyn S. Langer
September 27, 2016

The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health has bestowed the Leadership Award in Public Health Practice on Carolyn S. Langer, MD, MPH, JD, director of UMass Medical School’s Office of Clinical Affairs. The award was presented during alumni weekend festivities Sept. 24.

Kathleen A. Petkauskos and Megan Northup
September 22, 2016

The US Business Leadership Network (USBLN) recognized Kathleen A. Petkauskos, director of UMass Medical School’s Work Without Limits, for being inducted into the National Disability Mentoring Coalition’s Susan M. Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame on the last day of its annual national conference on September 22.

Flooding
September 21, 2016

Mary Ellen originally decided to ride out Super Storm Sandy at her home in Rockaway Beach, New York, with her husband, a retired firefighter, and her two teen-age sons. Her family had safely weathered Hurricane Irene a year earlier, and had limited evacuation options due to her health and mobility needs. They thought it would be another success story. Ultimately it was, but not without significant risk.

Pharmacist working in pharmacy
September 19, 2016

For the first time, a regional effort is underway to analyze the cost of dispensing prescriptions to Medicaid beneficiaries. 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, has partnered with the accounting firm of Myers and Stauffer LC to survey pharmacies in the region.

Female patient with doctor
September 13, 2016

UMass Medical School’s  New England AIDS Education and Training Center (NEAETC) is co-sponsoring the 12th annual National Conference on HIV/AIDS & Aging Sept. 23 at Florian Hall, Dorchester, to raise awareness of how HIV affects older adults as medical advances enable people to live longer with the disease.

Kathy Petkauskos, Erika Tarantal and Megan Northup.
September 09, 2016

For Kathleen A. Petkauskos and Megan Northup, increasing the employment rate for people with disabilities isn’t just their job; it’s quite literally their lives, according to a 5 for Good segment on WCVB-TV. Northup is a woman with autism. Petkauskos is director of UMass Medical School’s Work Without Limits program. Together, they found mentoring success.

Man on computer taking training
September 08, 2016

A UMass Medical School expert on medical interpretation and cultural competency has co-authored an advanced Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI Program) module to instruct researchers on strategies to obtain informed consent from potential study participants who do not speak English well. 

Toddler taking first steps
September 07, 2016

UMass Medical School autism advocate Elaine Gabovitch, MPA, is developing a series of radio and television shows on the importance of developmental monitoring to be broadcast across the state next year in an effort to reach families of young children. The broadcasts will emphasize equal access for those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Pharmacist
September 01, 2016

A Massachusetts family is saving nearly $500 a year on a medication for an ill child, thanks to the collaboration between UMass Medical School’s clinical pharmacists and its Community Case Management Program.

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