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October 27, 2014

The skyrocketing costs of correctional health care received new attention earlier this year with the release of a state prison health care spending report from The Pew Charitable Trusts and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. UMass Medical School’s Warren Ferguson, MD, a national leader in the field of correctional health, served as an external reviewer of the highly anticipated report. Ferguson is director of academic programs for the Health and Criminal Justice Program within the medical school’s Commonwealth Medicine division, and is a professor and vice chair of Family Medicine & Community Health. Here, Ferguson sheds some light on the reasons why it’s expensive to care for inmates.

 Joyce A. Murphy at Top Women-Led Businesses Award Breakfast
October 24, 2014

Commonwealth Medicine, the health care consulting and operations division of UMass Medical School, is number two on the Top 100 Women-Led Businesses in Massachusetts, announced The Boston Globe Magazine and its partner The Commonwealth Institute. Executive Vice Chancellor Joyce A. Murphy, MPA, is the chief executive at Commonwealth Medicine.

Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy Presentation
October 23, 2014

Clinical pharmacists from UMass Medical School’s Commonwealth Medicine division have been honored with a platinum medal for their presentation on hepatitis C medication monitoring at the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy’s Nexus 2014: Connecting Health Care and Innovation.

October 22, 2014

While accepting her Outstanding Leadership award from the Massachusetts Health Council on Tuesday, Oct. 21, UMass Medical School’s Joyce A. Murphy, MPA, explained it was her experience teaching a 7-year-old boy to read while an undergraduate in Boston that started her down the path toward a career in health care.

Price Variation Chart
October 10, 2014

A report co-authored by UMass Medical School health policy experts and presented to the Vermont Green Mountain Care Board details health services price variations across the state and suggests ways to set standards, according to an Oct. 6 story on the news website

October 09, 2014

UMass Medical School’s Work Without Limits initiative will hold its second annual “Raise the Bar Hire!” Conference and Career Fair at the Four Points by Sheraton in Norwood on Oct. 30-31. Work Without Limits aims to increase the employment rate of people with disabilities.

Case Management conference to feature presentation on UMass Medical School Community Case Management service
October 02, 2014

How Community Case Management (CCM), a partnership between MassHealth and UMass Medical School’s Commonwealth Medicine division, supports medically complex individuals so they can live safely in the community will be highlighted during a presentation at the Case Management Society of New England’s 25th Annual Conference at the Holiday Inn Boxborough on Friday, Oct. 3.

September 24, 2014

UMass Medical School health policy expert Katharine London, MS, joined a roster of health care leaders at the latest Brookings Institution MEDTalkon Sept. 24 to discuss how alternative payment models can support innovative ways of providing care for children with asthma.

Joyce A. Murphy
September 17, 2014

Joyce A. Murphy, MPA, executive vice chancellor of UMass Medical School’s Commonwealth Medicine, will be honored by the Massachusetts Health Council, a nonprofit committed to improving and protecting the health of state citizens, at its annual gala on Oct. 21 in Boston.

Massachusetts map flag
September 02, 2014

UMass Medical School health policy expert Katharine London, MS, part of the team developing the Vermont single-payer financing model, talked toThe Boston Globe about the complexities of bringing that reform to Massachusetts.

August 21, 2014

The Health and Criminal Justice Program is featured as part of the Association of American Medical Colleges' (AAMC) “Health Equity Research Virtual Site Visit,” a new resource that shares the health equity research of AAMC-member institutions. AAMC chose UMass Medical School to be the first institution highlighted.

August 20, 2014

Using population-based screening outcomes of approximately 3 million infants, a team of scientists across 14 states, including four researchers at UMass Medical School, have shown that newborn screening for severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) can be successfully implemented across public health newborn screening programs. Data from 11 newborn screening programs published in the Aug. 20 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) showed the rate of SCID in newborns is higher than previously thought and believed to be 1 in 58,000.

Consumers Assisted by Type of Application/Program Chart
August 19, 2014

The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA) Foundation’s Connecting Consumers with Care grant program can serve as a model for other organizations, states or policymakers interested in supporting and training outreach workers enrolling consumers into health plans, according to a new report developed by UMass Medical School.

August 08, 2014

A report produced by UMass Medical School that lays the groundwork for how Vermont will finance its revolutionary single-payer health care systems was featured in a The Pew Charitable Trusts Stateline article.

Baby feet
August 08, 2014

How one drop of her blood changed Madeleine M. Stout’s life was chronicled in an overview of the Massachusetts Newborn Screening Program published in the Mount Holyoke College Alumnae Quarterly. UMass Medical School has operated the program on behalf of the state Department of Public Health since 1997.