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May 04, 2015

The Children’s High-Risk Asthma Bundled Payment demonstration, a partnership between UMass Medical School and MassHealth, the state Medicaid program, is featured in a Brookings Institution case study on pediatric asthma payment reform.

May 01, 2015

Affordability of health care continues to be a challenge for many Massachusetts residents despite high rates of insurance coverage, according to a report co-authored by a team from UMass Medical School and commissioned by the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA) Foundation.

April 30, 2015

Siblings of children with mental health needs who participate in the UMass Medical School Sibling Support Program show a decrease in their sense of isolation and shame, one of the initiative’s parent mentors, Leah Baigell, said at the Cambridge Health Alliance Art of Healing Fundraiser April 29.

April 29, 2015

Dentists in general practice are taking on more patients with special needs, but those with intellectual or developmental disabilities may still have difficulty finding dentists to treat them. Two Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center projects aim to change that by training dentists how to care for this population and researching the most effective treatment techniques, according to an article in the Telegram & Gazette April 29.

UMass Medical School researchers suggest New Hampshire hold providers, insurers responsible for health care spending
April 27, 2015

UMass Medical School researchers have suggested New Hampshire consider holding providers and insurers responsible for improving the quality of health care and containing costs, according to an Associated Press report in the Telegram & Gazette April 25.

April 27, 2015

Behavioral health integration became more than an academic concept to Judith L. Steinberg, MD, MPH, when she was transformed from doctor to patient earlier this year. The UMass Medical School health reform leader writes about her experience and what she learned, in a perspective piece published April 26 in Globe Magazine.

UMass Medical School, UHealthSolutions working to help health plans achieve higher Medicare Star Ratings
April 23, 2015

UMass Medical School and its business affiliate, UHealthSolutions, are offering member and prescriber outreach and medication management services to help health plans increase their Medicare Star Ratings and save money.

Puzzle piece
April 21, 2015

More needs to be done to eliminate barriers and improve access to insurance coverage for all Massachusetts residents who have autism, Amy Weinstock, director of the Autism Insurance Resource Center at UMass Medical School’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center, and Daniel Shannon, executive director of the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council, stated in an editorial in The

April 14, 2015

The Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) has named Paul Jeffrey, PharmD, a pharmacy director in UMass Medical School’s Commonwealth Medicine division, chair of its Professional Practice Committee.

April 13, 2015

Massachusetts is one of five states using Medicaid claims data to study how people with intellectual disabilities are using health care services. The study led by UMass Medical School aims to improve the health and well-being of this population and understand their health care patterns.

Children
April 09, 2015

If Congress does not extend federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Massachusetts would incur an additional cost of $166 million in fiscal year 2016 to continue insurance coverage for 130,000 children currently enrolled in the program, according to a report authored by a health policy expert from UMass Medical School and released April 7 by the Massachusetts Medicaid Policy Institute of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation.

April 07, 2015

When a town orders an evacuation in a severe storm, people with disabilities may need the type of help no one has foreseen, such as accessible transportation to a shelter. To make sure people receive the help they need, UMass Medical School’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center will launch an online course to teach emergency planners across the country the best strategies for emergency planning for and with individuals with disabilities.

April 06, 2015

Clinical pharmacists from UMass Medical School’s Commonwealth Medicine division will present on the use of antibodies to reduce hospitalizations and emergency room visits in respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) patients, and medication management strategies for dual-eligible and substance abuse populations at the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy’s 27th annual meeting and expo April 7-10 in San Diego.

April 01, 2015

Massachusetts State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg has named Joyce A. Murphy, MPA, executive vice chancellor of UMass Medical School’s Commonwealth Medicine, to serve on the newly created Advisory Committee on Wage Equality.

March 27, 2015

The life-saving work of the New England Newborn Screening Program, operated by UMass Medical School, does not stop, even when severe weather strikes. Program staff showed unwavering dedication the day after a January blizzard, when they endured challenging road conditions and delayed public transportation to venture into work and then volunteer to collect blood samples from 25 hospitals in Eastern Massachusetts.

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