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April 17, 2014

Individuals with disabilities in Massachusetts are more likely to experience poor physical and mental health, nicotine addiction and sexual violence, according to a report released this week co-authored by UMass Medical School and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

April 11, 2014

MassHealth cares for more than half of state residents with disabilities and has increased its per capita spending one percent over the past five years, according to a Health Care For All blog post about a series of charts created by UMass Medical School.

UMass Medical School disability program honored at State House
April 10, 2014

UMass Medical School’s Disability Evaluation Services was honored for its role in helping people with mental illness reenter the workforce at the Massachusetts Clubhouse Coalition’s 15th Annual Employer Awards Celebration at the State House on April 9.

April 09, 2014

The Center for Health Law and Economics’ (CHLE) work developing a financial model for Vermont’s innovative single-payer health care system is explained in a article.

Massachusetts Health Reform table
March 26, 2014

Robert W. Seifert, MPA, principal associate at the Center for Health Law and Economics at UMass Medical School,is co-author of a report that summarizes findings from the 2012 Massachusetts Health Reform Survey (MHRS) commissioned by the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. 

March 19, 2014

Incarcerated elders are the fastest growing segment of the prison population, and their numbers have increased nearly 200 percent since the 1990s, according to the National Institute of Corrections. These inmates pose a challenge to correctional administrators because they often suffer from chronic illnesses and disabilities that can be complex to manage and expensive to treat.

Boston Globe: Community Case Management program provides caregivers for families of medically complex children
February 10, 2014

Community Case Management, a service created by UMass Medical School to help keep medically complex children with their families instead of in pediatric nursing homes, is assisting nearly 700 children and adults, according to an article in the Sunday Boston Globe.

Brookings chart
January 28, 2014

A Brookings Institution blog post by a UMass Medical School professor about Vermont’s plan to adopt a single-payer system features a report created by health care policy experts from UMMS’ Center for Health Law and Economics (CHLE).

Doctor and child
December 27, 2013

A team of UMass Medical School experts say in an article for the Connecticut Health Foundation that it could be a challenge for some states to establish the Basic Health Program (BHP), an option under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that could make health insurance more affordable for some individuals and families.

UMMS celebrating 50th anniversary of newborn screening
December 10, 2013

Newborn screening has touched the lives of nearly every person born in Massachusetts over the past five decades. That anniversary was celebrated at the State House on Dec. 9, when a proclamation from Gov. Deval L. Patrick declared Dec. 9-15 Newborn Screening Awareness Week in Massachusetts.

Newborn feet
December 09, 2013

“If you think about the screenings we do and the disorders we identify, it can save lives,” Joyce A. Murphy, executive vice chancellor of UMass Medical School’s Commonwealth Medicine division, told the WorcesterTelegram & Gazette in a front page story about the 50th anniversary of the Massachusetts Newborn Screening Program. 

Teresa Mitchell
November 27, 2013

New research showing that infants who spent less time looking at people’s eyes were more likely to be diagnosed with autism is an important indicator that autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) may not stem from congenital abnormalities and therefore may be modified by early intervention, according to Teresa V. Mitchell, PhD, a researcher at UMass Medical School’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center who performs similar studies with older individuals with ASDs.

DES team presenting a poster at NECoPA
November 22, 2013

A team from Disability Evaluation Services (DES), a unit within UMass Medical School’s Commonwealth Medicine division, recently presented a poster at the Northeast Conference on Public Administration (NECoPA) held earlier this month at the University of Delaware.

Commonwealth Medicine at Health Law Advocates breskfast
November 19, 2013

Health Law Advocates is an organization that has helped hundreds of thousands of the  commonwealth’s most needy residents access adequate health care, Commonwealth Medicine Executive Vice Chancellor Joyce A. Murphy, MPA, told a crowd gathered at nonprofit's18th Annual Benefit Breakfast at the Sheraton Boston Hotel on Nov. 13.

Boston Globe: Municipalities get reimbursed for flu clinics through UMass Medical School Vaccine Reimbursement Program
November 13, 2013

The Center for Health Care Financing, a unit within UMass Medical School’s Commonwealth Medicine division, was featured in a Sunday Boston Globe story about cities and towns seeing fewer residents at their local flu clinics. The Center runs the Vaccine Reimbursement Program for several Massachusetts municipalities.