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Top ten stories of 2019
January 29, 2020

Throughout 2019 our experts across our solutions have shared the knowledge and insight that make us a trusted partner for health and human service agencies across the country through informative reports, blogs and news stories. Take a look at the top 10 most viewed posts of 2019.

AMCP Board of Directors Announcement
January 09, 2020

Congratulations to  Paul L. Jeffrey, PharmD, who was recently elected by the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) to serve as its president.

Behavioral health
December 17, 2019

Commonwealth Medicine experts in health care policy, law, and delivery for justice-involved populations played a key role in designing a new demonstration project for Massachusetts to improve the delivery of health services to individuals involved with the criminal justice system. The Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) developed the demonstration project, which will be administered by MassHealth in collaboration with the Trial Court, the Department of Correction (DOC), the Massachusetts Parole Board, and the Middlesex and Worcester county sheriff’s offices with the support of Commonwealth Medicine, UMass Medical School.

Woman working on a laptop
November 18, 2019

Director of Commonwealth Medicine’s Work Without Limits, Kathleen Petkauskos, joins other prominent disability inclusion advocates to discuss the common misconceptions around hiring people with disabilities in an article by Coverage, a Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts publication.

Pills on dollar bills
November 15, 2019

Medicaid Policy Expert Rachel Gershon, JD, MPH, shares insights with Bloomberg Law on the anticipated reversal of a controversial $100 million Medicaid work requirement program in Kentucky.

Audrey Smolkin on The Hank Stolz Experience
October 30, 2019

Commonwealth Medicine’s Audrey Smolkin, MPP, and Senate President Emerita Harriette L. Chandler discuss the goals of the Worcester Trauma and Resilience Collaborative on Charter TV 3’s “The Hank Stolz Experience.”

MassHealth The Basics Webinar
October 23, 2019

Are you looking for a thorough overview of MassHealth? Join Commonwealth Medicine’s Medicaid expert Rachel Gershon for “MassHealth: The Basics - 2019 Webinar,” a concise review of data on eligibility, costs and trends coupled with an introduction to new initiatives for combating opioids and managing costs.

Doctors coat
October 08, 2019

Congratulations to Warren Ferguson, MD, recently honored with the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) prestigious Public Health Award. The award recognizes Ferguson’s extraordinary contributions to family medicine and his contributions to advancing the health of the public overall.

@UMassMed magazine image
September 23, 2019

Check out the new issue of @umassmed magazine featuring an interview with Commonwealth Medicine’s Executive Vice Chancellor Lisa Colombo. Lisa talks about her first year at CWM,  the progress of a new strategic plan, and her vision for the future.

Pediatrician and child
September 05, 2019

Learn how states are addressing pediatric payment reform to ensure primary care plays a broader role in the health and well-being of families and their children. View recorded webinars and slides on the Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticuit website. Our experts Robert Seifert and Hilary Deignan designed the webinars. 

August 14, 2019

Experts from Commonwealth Medicine, UMass Medical School, will deliver presentations at the 2019 Medical Enterprise Systems Conference (MESC) on how an integrated third party liability (TPL) strategy can deliver significant cost avoidance and cost recovery for Medicaid programs.

Kids in a field
August 08, 2019

The Worcester Trauma and Resilience Collaborative, bringing together more than 50 local social service programs in the county to address childhood trauma, will be led by Audrey Smolkin, MPP, director of child and family policy at Commonwealth Medicine, UMass Medical School, according to an article in the Telegram & Gazette. Funding of $225,000 for this pilot program was included in state budget approved by Gov. Charlie Baker last week.

Pride collage
June 17, 2019

Our Michele Brown, recipient of the Worcester Key to the City award & the 2019 New England Pride TV Ally of the Year award for her passionate advocacy on behalf of the LGBTQ+ community, lead our staff in celebrating Pride Month and the diversity that makes not only our workplace, but our community at large a warm and welcoming space for all.

Pediatrician and young patient
June 12, 2019

When we help children stay healthy, we also affect behavioral, educational and economic outcomes. That’s real impact and value. To get there we must update pediatric primary care payment methods. A series of three summer webinars sponsored by the Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut (CHDI) and designed by Commonwealth Medicine health policy experts will help set the stage for that transformation.

Map graphic
May 29, 2019

How are various states using medical frailty and work requirements in their plans for Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, and what it means for persons with high medical needs? Our disability determination expert, Peter Mosbach, working in collaboration with our Sherry Campanelli, will present a poster of their research June 3 at the AcademyHealth 2019 Annual Research Meeting in Washington D.C.