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April 12, 2016

Massachusetts’ health law laid the groundwork for improvements, but there are opportunities for further reform, particularly those related to cost, says a review authored by UMass Medical School health policy experts and released on the 10th anniversary of the health care law by the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA) Foundation. 

Free symposium about health promotion for children with autism, developmental disabilities
April 11, 2016

The Healthy Weight Research Network (HWRN), a national research network that is coordinated by UMass Medical School and Tufts University School of Medicine, will host a free symposium at the Hilton Baltimore May 11 in Maryland. The symposium will share the latest information about obesity, physical activity, and eating behavior in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities (DD).

MassLive: Direct care initiative led by UMass Medical School to help workers
April 05, 2016

A standardized direct care worker curriculum being developed for state colleges by a consortium led by UMass Medical School and funded by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education will improve care and help workers advance in their careers, according to an April 4 MassLive.com article.

UMass Medical researchers preparing recommendations for statewide autism database.
April 04, 2016

UMass Medical School researchers are preparing recommendations for a statewide autism database to help lawmakers, communities and service providers understand how many residents have autism to improve planning of supports and identify geographic clusters, according to an article in the Telegram & Gazette April 4.

Autism expert to receive Federation for Children with Special Needs award for leadership in passing autism insurance legislation
March 30, 2016

Amy K. Weinstock, director of UMass Medical School’s Autism Insurance Resource Center, will be presented with the Martha Zeigler Founders Award during the Federation for Children with Special Needs’ annual gala at the Westin Waterfront Hotel in Boston May 13.

MassAHEC HOSA State Leadership Conference will be held April 2 at UMass Medical School
March 29, 2016

About two hundred high school and college students from across the state will gather for a hands-on look at careers in health care at the 2016 MassAHEC HOSA State Leadership Conference April 2 at UMass Medical School.

Carlos E. Santiago, commissioner of Higher Education with David Polakoff, chief medical officer for UMass Medical School’s Commonwealth Medicine division.
March 28, 2016

The Massachusetts Department of Higher Education and UMass Medical School have formed a statewide consortium to improve training and education for direct care workers, who provide assistance to elders, people with disabilities, or those with a chronic illness. The consortium held a project launch meeting March 28 at UMass Medical School’s Commonwealth Medicine division.  

Care Transformation Collaborative of Rhode Island launches behavioral health pilot program
March 24, 2016

The Care Transformation Collaborative of Rhode Island (CTC), a patient-centered medical home initiative managed by UMass Medical School, is supporting behavioral health integration into primary care practices through a new pilot program, according to an article in Providence Business News.

Pharmacy manager appointed to Institute for Clinical and Economic Review public advisory council
March 22, 2016

The Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) has appointed Kimberly Lenz, PharmD, a clinical pharmacy manager in UMass Medical School’s Commonwealth Medicine, an ex-officio member of its New England Comparative Effectiveness Public Advisory Council (New England CEPAC). 

UMass Medical School patient-centered medical home experts to present at Institute for Healthcare Improvement summit.
March 17, 2016

A team of UMass Medical School experts on patient-centered medical homes will present about behavioral health integration, care transitions and developing a medical home workforce at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement summit March 20-22 at the Orlando World Center Marriott Resort & Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

Dr. Warren J. Ferguson to call on Family Medicine educators to help end the era of mass incarceration
March 16, 2016

UMass Medical School’s correctional health expert Warren J. Ferguson, MD, will take the stage at the STFM Annual Spring Conference on Wednesday, May 4, and will challenge family medicine health professionals and educators to serve and advocate for populations affected by mass incarceration.

March 15, 2016

The 9th annual Academic & Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health will feature an Implementation Science Track on substance abuse treatment for incarcerated individuals at release when it convenes March 16-18 at the Embassy Suites Baltimore in Baltimore, Maryland. 

Shriver Center autism advocate to present on working with families through early identification of delays
March 14, 2016

Elaine Gabovitch, MPA, an autism advocate at UMass Medical School, will discuss how a family-centered approach can assist in identifying delays at the Division for Early Childhood’s Institute on Family Engagement in Early Childhood Special Education March 16.

March 10, 2016

The Children’s High-Risk Asthma Bundled Payment demonstration, a partnership between UMass Medical School and MassHealth, the state Medicaid program, is featured in a Center for Health Care Strategies brief about innovative models that include support services. 

New England Psychologist says support group helping siblings of children with mental illness
March 07, 2016

UMass Medical School’s Sibling Support Program encourages siblings of children undergoing inpatient mental health treatment to talk about what is happening at home, Emily Rubin, MA, creator and director of the program, told New England Psychologist.

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