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Prescription drugs stacked
October 03, 2016

A clinical pharmacist from UMass Medical School’s Clinical Pharmacy Services division will present on promising specialty medications with the biggest impact on drug spend expected to receive approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) within the next two years at the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy’s Nexus 2016 conference, being held Oct. 3-6 in National Harbor, Maryland.

Home care worker speaking to man
September 29, 2016

A six-year effort to improve the training and advance the skills of direct care workers was highlighted in a Sept. 19 article in Worcester Business Journal’s Health quarterly.

September 28, 2016

The director of the Sibling Support Program: A Family-Centered Mental Health Initiative will discuss the role of families and siblings in the behavioral health experience at a live networking event sponsored by the Massachusetts Association of Healthcare Quality (MAHQ) Oct. 19 at Newton-Wellesley Hospital.

Kathleen A. Petkauskos and Megan Northup
September 22, 2016

The US Business Leadership Network (USBLN) recognized Kathleen A. Petkauskos, director of UMass Medical School’s Work Without Limits, for being inducted into the National Disability Mentoring Coalition’s Susan M. Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame on the last day of its annual national conference on September 22.

September 21, 2016

Mary Ellen originally decided to ride out Super Storm Sandy at her home in Rockaway Beach, New York, with her husband, a retired firefighter, and her two teen-age sons. Her family had safely weathered Hurricane Irene a year earlier, and had limited evacuation options due to her health and mobility needs. They thought it would be another success story. Ultimately it was, but not without significant risk.

Pharmacist working in pharmacy
September 19, 2016

For the first time, a regional effort is underway to analyze the cost of dispensing prescriptions to Medicaid beneficiaries. The New England States Consortium Systems Organization (NESCSO), a nonprofit organized by the health and human service agencies of the New England states and UMass Medical School, has partnered with the accounting firm of Myers and Stauffer LC to survey pharmacies in the region.

Kathy Petkauskos, Erika Tarantal and Megan Northup.
September 09, 2016

For Kathleen A. Petkauskos and Megan Northup, increasing the employment rate for people with disabilities isn’t just their job; it’s quite literally their lives, according to a 5 for Good segment on WCVB-TV. Northup is a woman with autism. Petkauskos is director of UMass Medical School’s Work Without Limits program. Together, they found mentoring success.

Man on computer taking training
September 08, 2016

A UMass Medical School expert on medical interpretation and cultural competency has co-authored an advanced Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI Program) module to instruct researchers on strategies to obtain informed consent from potential study participants who do not speak English well. 

Toddler taking first steps
September 07, 2016

UMass Medical School autism advocate Elaine Gabovitch, MPA, is developing a series of radio and television shows on the importance of developmental monitoring to be broadcast across the state next year in an effort to reach families of young children. The broadcasts will emphasize equal access for those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

September 01, 2016

A Massachusetts family is saving nearly $500 a year on a medication for an ill child, thanks to the collaboration between UMass Medical School’s clinical pharmacists and its Community Case Management Program.

Doctor checking child's eyes
August 30, 2016

The Massachusetts Medicaid program’s Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative (CBHI) has substantially increased the percentage of children receiving behavioral health screening, according to a study led by UMass Medical School to be published in The Journal of Pediatrics and available online ahead of print.

TrendFinder LTSS
August 29, 2016

UMass Medical School experts will present on using integrated data analytics to help policymakers improve long-term services and supports (LTSS) at the National Home & Community Based Services (HCBS) Conference Aug. 29 through Sept. 1 in Washington, D.C.

Patient talking to doctor
August 24, 2016

A UMass Medical School study finds people with hepatitis C may face barriers to treatment with new, expensive drugs that include access to care, difficulties with medication adherence and reluctance by physicians to treat them, according to an article in MD Magazine.

Doctor and patient
August 22, 2016

A UMass Medical School survey of primary care physicians (PCPs) at Massachusetts community health centers (CHCs) finds a workforce more prepared to practice in a health center through training while also citing concerns of an aging workforce, according to an article in the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved.

Soussan Djamasbi, PhD, associate professor of IT at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and a graduate student use eye-tracking technology in the school's User Experience & Decision Making Research Lab.
August 17, 2016

UMass Medical School’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center is studying if simplifying text for people with cognitive disabilities improves their understanding of the information they read on websites.