States could wind up dealing with “massive” damage if there are deep cuts in federal health funding that helps pay for opioid addiction treatment, UMass Medical School’s Tyson Thompson, PharmD, tells Managed Healthcare Executive. Thompson and Kimberly Lenz, PharmD, clinical pharmacy manager in UMass Medical School's Office of Clinical Affairs, discussed the most pressing issues surrounding opioid use and misuse with Managed Healthcare Executive for the story, “14 things Trump needs to know about opioids.”
There is growing awareness that if you want your wishes followed for the medical care you are given – or not given – at the end of your life, you should talk about it in advance with your loved ones and doctor, says a new report co-authored by UMass Medical School for the Massachusetts Coalition of Serious Illness Care.
Even as the repeal of Obamacare looms, it is likely to be politically challenging for states to completely jettison a centerpiece of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that has extended health insurance to millions across the country, says UMass Medical School’s Robert W. Seifert, MPA.
There may be grounds yet for some key bipartisan cooperation on health care reform even amid the fierce debate in Washington, DC over the hot button issue, says UMass Medical School health policy expert Robert W. Seifert, MPA.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was designed like a puzzle with each provision necessary for the law to take shape and succeed, which is why it has been difficult for Congress to repeal the landmark 2010 health insurance reform law, says UMass Medical School’s Robert Seifert, MPA.
InterveneRx is launching its InterV CM+ platform with Allied National, Inc. in a first of its kind care management program for specialty drug patients that integrates evidenced based protocols with biometric devices and a mobile application for real-time clinical monitoring. Over 50 patients across 19 states will be monitored for improvements in clinical outcomes, utilization and patient engagement. UMass Medical School is providing a clinically enhanced specialty drug prior authorization process.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is once again pushing his version of single-payer health care as Republican efforts in Congress to repeal Obamacare run into serious obstacles. And Sanders’ “Medicare for All” proposal offers a road map for how single-payer health care could be rolled out gradually in a way that would avoid major disruptions, notes Katherine London, MS, a top health care policy expert at UMass Medical School.
As governors and lawmakers lobby for flexibility in running their Medicaid programs, Massachusetts offers a prime example of how states can gain greater control over how their federal health dollars are spent.
In response to a bleak national employment outlook facing college graduates with disabilities, the National Organization on Disability (NOD) today announced a creative new effort to bring higher education professionals and employers together in Boston, to both identify more employment opportunities for students with disabilities and to develop new methods of college recruiting to address the issue long-term. UMass Medical School’s Work Without Limits is a partner in this new program.
Transforming the health system in Rhode Island to achieve the “Triple Aim” of better care, healthier people, and smarter spending is the Rhode Island State Innovation Model (SIM) project’s goal. UMass Medical School’s Office of Program Development (OPD) is starting its second year of working with the state on this federally-funded program. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation is supporting this and similar innovation efforts in 23 other states.
UMass Medical School honored Joyce A. Murphy, MPA, executive vice chancellor of the Commonwealth Medicine division, as one of its trailblazing women at the annual Women’s History Month celebration on Tuesday, April 4.
UMass Medical School health policy experts have developed sustainable financing models for the state of Maine to support four community health worker (CHW) interventions that focus on patients with the greatest, and most costly, health care needs.
The Southern New England Practice Transformation Network (SNE-PTN), a collaborative led by UMass Medical School and UConn Health, has reached its full enrollment milestone of enrolling 5,400 clinicians more than 18 months ahead of schedule.
Substance abuse treatment programs run by two Massachusetts sheriffs offer a new way of treating addiction using medication, a promising approach being studied by UMass Medical School’s Warren J. Ferguson, MD, according to a report by NPR’s Here & Now.
The Opioid Therapeutic Class Management Workgroup, which UMass Medical School developed for a state Medicaid program, is featured in a Managed Healthcare Executive article about opioid utilization strategies for managed care organizations. This workgroup model was presented at the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy's Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy Annual Meeting on March 28.