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Terry Dougherty
March 07, 2017

Millions of Americans will lose health insurance, and state Medicaid programs – particularly in states that expanded coverage – are likely to face budget challenges under the American Health Care Act (AHCA) released March 6 by House Republicans, said UMass Medical School health care expert Terry Dougherty, MPH.

Gavel and stethescope
March 06, 2017

The 10th annual Academic & Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health will include a peer session on implementing medication assisted treatment for opioid abuse, and a town hall featuring the perspectives of justice-involved individuals when it convenes March 16-17 at the Atlanta Airport Marriott in Atlanta, Georgia.

Frank Joyce
February 28, 2017

Frank Joyce, RN, has been appointed senior director of UMass Medical School’s Disability Evaluation Services following a successful stint as interim senior director.

Medications and pill bottles
February 22, 2017

Clinical pharmacists from UMass Medical School will present on a novel approach to opioid addiction treatment as well as cystic fibrosis treatment advances at the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) Managed Care and Specialty Pharmacy Annual Meeting 2017 March 27-29 in Denver, Colorado.

Student with disabilities with his friends
February 14, 2017

UMass Medical School’s Work Without Limits, a statewide network dedicated to advancing the employment of people with disabilities, is linking with Partners for Youth with Disabilities (PYD) to offer e-mentoring to Massachusetts community college students with disabilities.

Headlines about inmates and addiciton
January 31, 2017

To improve treatment of substance use disorder in prison and jail populations, UMass Medical School has teamed up with the departments of corrections in Connecticut and Rhode Island, and the sheriffs in the Massachusetts counties of Middlesex and Barnstable. This correctional health practice collaborative will help participants implement evidence-based approaches in correctional settings.

January 18, 2017

Repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act could impact core components of the health care law that involve revenue and expenditures, Jay Himmelstein, MD, MPH, chief federal strategist at UMass Medical School’s Commonwealth Medicine division, said as part of panel on impending changes to health care reform Jan. 18 at UMass Medical School.

Jorge Sanchez
January 13, 2017

At the 29th annual tribute to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 12, UMass Medical School Chancellor Michael F. Collins announced that the 2017 Chancellor’s Award for Advancing Institutional Excellence in Diversity recipient is Jorge Sanchez Jr., director of client relations for Commonwealth Medicine and co-chair of the Commonwealth Medicine Cultural Diversity Committee.

Medicine bottles on a sgelf
January 12, 2017

The Massachusetts Health Council’s 19th Annual Pharmacy Public Health Policy Symposium on Jan. 18 will feature UMass Medical School Pharmacy Director Paul L. Jeffrey, PharmD, who will review new policy decisions, revised regulations and reimbursement changes that impact the MassHealth Pharmacy program.

Temple Grandin
January 10, 2017

Temple Grandin, PhD, one of the most accomplished autism advocates in the world, will deliver 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.

Collage of images about most read stories of 2016
December 28, 2016

From celebrating the first birthday of a baby saved by newborn screening to recommending policies that will help people with psychiatric disabilities obtain and maintain employment, here is a selection of the most read Commonwealth Medicine stories of 2016. They illustrate the broad reach of our UMass Medical School division and its mission of increasing access to quality health care and training providers to meet patient needs.

Mobile app and blood pressure
December 13, 2016

A first of its kind pilot that will in January begin monitoring patients on specialty drugs in real-time is a partnership between UMass Medical School and tech startup InterVRX, according to an article in Specialty Pharmacy Continuum.

Patient with doctor
December 12, 2016

The Care Transformation Collaborative of Rhode Island (CTC), a patient-centered medical home initiative managed by UMass Medical School, is one of 14 regions selected by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to participate in its largest primary care improvement initiative.

Pills on money
December 07, 2016

A pharmacist from UMass Medical School’s Clinical Pharmacy Services discusses the efficacy and expected costs of specialty drugs in the pipeline for nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, atopic dermatitis, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis and ovarian cancer in Specialty Pharmacy Continuum.

Woman in wheelchair working
December 05, 2016

The US Business Leadership Network (USBLN) has chosen UMass Medical School’s Work Without Limits (WWL) to become its Massachusetts affiliate, a designation that will expand efforts to promote and support disability inclusion among employers in the state.