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May 23, 2017

The cloud over the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is proving to be a major threat to the stability of the health insurance exchanges that are the backbone of the law, says UMass Medical School’s Robert W. Seifert, MPA.

American flag with gavel and stethescope
May 16, 2017

Despite the American Health Care Act (AHCA) passing the House, there seems no clear pathway to repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). An alternative to federal legislation is the state waiver process, already in place. In an effort to assist states seeking to waive provisions of the ACA, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services on May 16 announced a checklist.

Stethescope on top of money
May 15, 2017

As the Senate debate of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) heats up in Washington, D.C, legislators, health care leaders and the American public are calling for a serious discussion on moving to a single-payer health system.

Doctor holding opioids
May 12, 2017

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.”

People holding hands
May 11, 2017

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.

May 10, 2017

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.

May 08, 2017

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.

Robert Seifert, MPA
May 04, 2017

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.

May 02, 2017

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.

Katharine London sitting in her office
April 28, 2017

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.

Rachel Gershon
April 21, 2017

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.

College students
April 18, 2017

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.

Rhode Island on map
April 11, 2017

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.

Joyce A. Murphy
April 07, 2017

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.

Caregiver with elderly man
April 05, 2017

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.