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Pregnant woman being examined by doctor
June 17, 2016

A study initiated at UMass Medical School and led by Brandeis University highlights unmet needs and barriers to care for women with physical disabilities during pregnancy and childbirth, including clinicians’ knowledge and attitudes and accessibility to health care facilities and equipment. The researchers said clinicians need training to better care for pregnant women with physical disabilities.

Prison fence
June 16, 2016

The United States Office of National Drug Control Policy has invited a UMass Medical School Health and Criminal Justice Program leader to speak at an event about substance use disorder treatments for justice-involved populations at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C., June 17.

Sryinge and medication
June 15, 2016

A UMass Medical School pharmacy expert believes providers will wait for the results of more cardiovascular outcomes trials before prescribing proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9) inhibitors to manage their patients’ cholesterol levels, according to an article in Pharmacy Practice News.

Drug model of Sofosbuvir
June 10, 2016

A UMass Medical School study of Massachusetts Medicaid members suggests certain patients with hepatitis C face barriers to receiving the newest medications to treat the virus. The research paper published in the June edition of the Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy says more patients must have access to the life-saving regimens.

Family eating
June 09, 2016

Children with intellectual and developmental disabilities may face more risk factors for obesity than typically developing youths, but few studies have focused on obesity in those with disabilities, a researcher in UMass Medical School’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center told MedPage Today

Couple talking to interpreter, doctor
June 08, 2016

Medical interpreters from throughout New England can choose from 15 workshops, including one on understanding the Zika virus, and listen to a keynote on serving vulnerable populations at the 11th annual Paving the Way to Health Care Access Conference June 10 at the Courtyard Marriott in Marlborough.

Bottles and syringe
June 07, 2016

A UMass Medical School clinical consultant pharmacist says value-based contracts for proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9) inhibitors, a new class of cholesterol-lowering drugs, will lead to lower prices and help patients decrease cholesterol levels, according to an article in Specialty Pharmacy Continuum about an agreement Cigna has reached with Amgen and Sanofi/Regeneron.

Abigail R. Averbach
June 02, 2016

Abigail R. Averbach has a longstanding enthusiasm for integrating and exposing health data for decision-makers, and she has found her niche at UMass Medical School developing information to answer important questions for clients, such as the fiscal impact of community-based care versus institutional care for elders.

Men talking
June 01, 2016

Community-based organizations play a critical role in enrolling the remaining uninsured in publicly subsidized health insurance and promoting consumer self-sufficiency, according to a report authored by UMass Medical School and released by the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation (BCBSMA Foundation).

Work Without LImits Bursting the stigma balloons
May 31, 2016

Amid laughter and smiles, a team from UMass Medical School’s Work Without Limits program popped green water balloons labeled “Burst the Stigma” as part of a mental health awareness campaign created by the Speaking of Hope recovery community. Work Without Limits released the video May 31 in honor of Mental Health Month.

Representatives of organizations attending the May 19 Learning Community session.
May 26, 2016

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.

Doctor helping child with asthma
May 25, 2016

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.

Woman speaking with employee
May 24, 2016

A new brief by UMass Medical School and the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law outlines policy opportunities that can be leveraged to expand opportunities for people with psychiatric disabilities to successfully obtain and maintain employment.

Children playing
May 20, 2016

UMass Medical School autism advocate Elaine Gabovitch, MPA, has been reappointed to her fourth term as Act Early Ambassador to Massachusetts by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to promote the early identification of developmental delays.

Alexis Henry
May 16, 2016

Alexis D. Henry, ScD, OTR/L, a disability employment policy expert at UMass Medical School, will receive the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association’s prestigious Armin Loeb Award during the 2016 Recovery Workforce Summit in Boston May 22-25.