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September 07, 2017

For state Medicaid programs and other health plans, keeping up with the dramatic progress in new Hepatitis C drugs and treatment can be a major challenge, says UMass Medical School pharmacist Pavel Lavitas, PharmD, BCPS.

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September 05, 2017

An effective opioid management program requires a delicate balance between prevention of abuse while also ensuring that patients who legitimately need pain medication have access, says UMass Medical School expert.

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September 01, 2017

Experts from UMass Medical School said managed care plans can use a variety of tools to combat the opioid crisis, including a therapeutic class management team, according to an article in Pharmacy Practice News.

August 29, 2017

UMass Medical School’s TrendFinder LTSS data analytics platform helps state agencies and private health plans meet growing demand for home care and other long-term services and supports amid lean budgets. 

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August 24, 2017

UMass Medical School’s long-term services and supports (LTSS) solutions will be both celebrated and presented at the National Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, Aug. 27-31.

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August 21, 2017

Utilizing evidence-based practices, being able to constantly monitor the latest research and being nimble are the key components of a successful opioid management program, says Tyson Thompson, PharmD.

August 14, 2017

UMass Medical School experts will present on increasing third party liability savings in Medicaid programs and standardizing the procurement process at the annual Medicaid Enterprise Systems Conference on August 15-18.

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August 09, 2017

The University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Commonwealth Medicine division (UMass) is pleased to announce its strategic partnership with Long Term Care Innovation, Inc. (LTCI)  based in Burlington, Vermont.  

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August 08, 2017

Medication assisted treatment has proven to be powerful weapon in communities across the country in efforts to stem the tide of the opioid epidemic. Now, UMass Medical School’s Warren J. Ferguson, MD, is studying how jails and prisons can implement that model, according to a report by STAT.

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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.

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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.

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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.  

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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.