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August 07, 2017

UMass Medical School experts will present the historical evolution of services and supports for people with disabilities that led to the development of a Preadmission Screening Resident Review (PASRR) during a keynote on the first day of the 2017 PASRR Services in Texas Conference Aug. 9-10.

August 04, 2017

UMass Medical School will highlight the capabilities of its TrendFinder LTSS data analytics platform at the Mediware conference August 7-9 in New Orleans.

Reviewing medical records on a tablet
August 03, 2017

To ensure the right decision is made for individuals going through a disability determination, benefits agencies and organizations should utilize medical professionals and specialists to achieve  well-informed conclusions, according to a UMass Medical School disability evaluation expert.

Scientist in lab
August 01, 2017

Hepatitis C is one of the top public health challenges facing the U.S., with as many as three to four million people currently living with this “chronic infection,” notes Pavel Lavitas, PharmD, BCPS, of UMass Medical School.

July 31, 2017

Access to a wide variety of professionals in different specialties is imperative for independent disability reviewers when making a determination, according to the disability determinations medical director at UMass Medical School.  

Glass pill jar with blue background
July 27, 2017

How UMass Medical School is helping MassHealth, the Massachusetts Medicaid program, promote more rational use of opioids is highlighted in a Specialty Pharmacy Continuum article on managed care efforts to address the nationwide addiction crisis.

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.