Most read Commonwealth Medicine stories and publications of 2017

December 28, 2017

We are revisiting UMass Medical School’s 2017 accomplishments with the top 10 most read Commonwealth Medicine news articles and publications. Our experts have been honored for their work in the areas of diversity, drug abuse prevention, and correctional health; shared insights on health reforms including the Affordable Care Act and single-payer; and announced a new partnership to meet marketplace demands for long-term services and supports solutions.

1. Jorge Sanchez Jr. receives Chancellor’s Award for diversity at annual Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. tribute

Jorge Sanchez Jr., director of client relations for Commonwealth Medicine and co-chair of the Commonwealth Medicine Cultural Diversity Committee, receives the 2017 Chancellor’s Award for Advancing Institutional Excellence in Diversity on Jan. 12 from UMass Medical School Chancellor Michael F. Collins.

2. The Massachusetts Pharmacists Association honors UMass Medical School pharmacist for prescription drug abuse prevention efforts

The Massachusetts Pharmacists Association (MPhA) bestows UMass Medical School pharmacy leader Kimberly Lenz, PharmD, with the Cardinal Health Generation Rx Champions Award Sept. 14 for her efforts to combat prescription drug abuse.

3. UMass Medical School announces Warren J. Ferguson Scholarship to honor correctional health leader

UMass Medical School has created the Warren J. Ferguson Scholarship to honor its namesake’s contributions to the field of criminal justice health. The scholarship was announced March 16 at the Academic & Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health, which Dr. Ferguson co-founded 10 years ago.

4. World renowned autism advocate Temple Grandin to keynote 2017 Work Without Limits conference

Temple Grandin, PhD, one of the most accomplished autism advocates in the world, delivers the keynote address at the Work Without Limits Raise the Bar Hire! conference Oct. 5. UMass Medical School’s Work Without Limits is a statewide network of engaged employers and innovative, collaborative partners that aims to increase employment among individuals with disabilities.

5. The American Health Care Act and State Health Policy

The impact on health policy of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), passed by the House of Representatives on May 4, is outlined in a blog by our Rachel Gershon, JD, MPH, of the Center for Health Law and Economics. The AHCA was ultimately unsuccessful.

6. "Medicare for All" potential model for single-payer health care, UMass Medical School expert says

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ version of single-payer health care is explained by Katharine London, MS, of our Center for Health Law and Economics. London led the team that developed the Vermont single-payer financing model.

7. The MassHealth Waiver 2016–2022: Delivering Reform

An issue brief by our health policy experts that describes the key elements of the most recent MassHealth 1115 waiver extension, including the shift to a delivery system centered on Accountable Care Organizations and Community Partners, a Delivery System Reform Incentive Program, the redesigned Safety Net Care Pool, and the expansion of services for treatment of substance use disorders.

8. Chief federal strategist says ACA repeal could have a big impact on Medicaid expansion, insurance subsidies

Repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) could impact core components of the health care law that involve revenue and expenditures, said Jay Himmelstein, MD, MPH, chief federal strategist at UMass Medical School’s Commonwealth Medicine division.

9. UMass Medical School announces strategic partnership with Long Term Care Innovation, Inc. of Vermont

UMass Medical School’s Commonwealth Medicine division announces a strategic partnership with Long Term Care Innovation, Inc. of Vermont to address marketplace demand for long-term services and supports (LTSS) solutions.

10. Common Health for the Commonwealth 9th Edition: Report on Preventable Conditions and Social Determinants of Health

The ninth edition of Common Health for the Commonwealth co-authored by our Robert Seifert, MPA, updates readers on data and trends on preventable health conditions and social factors affecting the health of Massachusetts residents.


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