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September 17, 2015

A survey conducted by UMass Medical School finds customer satisfaction with the Vermont Health Connect insurance exchange varies from satisfaction with navigators to disappointment over out-of-pocket costs, according to stories by Vermont Public Radio and

Dr. Jean Frazier
September 17, 2015

Jean A. Frazier, MD, director of UMass Medical School’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center and a leader in child and adolescent psychiatry, will speak at the 2nd Annual Central Massachusetts Autism Summit, which will be hosted by HMEA Inc. Sept. 22 at Assumption College.

September 16, 2015

UMass Medical School’s Commonwealth Medicine division will host Massachusetts State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg and her statewide Advisory Committee on Wage Equality for a panel discussion at 2 p.m. Sept. 17. Commonwealth Medicine Executive Vice Chancellor Joyce A. Murphy, a member of the advisory committee, will sit on the panel.

Gluten Free
September 15, 2015

A study that found a gluten-free, casein-free diet doesn’t appear to improve behaviors or symptoms of autism needs to be done with a larger group to be certain the diet isn’t effective in children with autism, a UMass Medical School professor told The Wall Street Journal

September 11, 2015

The first nationwide study of pregnant women with developmental and intellectual disabilities from UMass Medical School and Brandeis University has found high rates of complications including fetal death, preeclampsia and preterm birth, according to a Sept. 11 article published by Autism Speaks Science News. The study found that women with these disabilities fare worse than the general population and could benefit from additional education and intervention.

September 11, 2015

Never compromise your values and push yourself to try new environments were two of several career lessons Joyce A. Murphy, MPA, executive vice chancellor of UMass Medical School’s Commonwealth Medicine division, shared with Massachusetts Caucus of Women Legislators at the Statehouse Sept. 10.

September 09, 2015

Joyce A. Murphy, MPA, executive vice chancellor of UMass Medical School’s Commonwealth Medicine division, has been invited to speak before the Massachusetts Caucus of Women Legislators about the career journey that led her to Commonwealth Medicine, the public health care consulting division of the medical school. Murphy will address the caucus in the Statehouse at 10 a.m. Sept. 10.

September 08, 2015

UMass Medical School’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center is co-sponsoring the Ruderman Inclusion Summit, which fosters awareness and advocacy for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and shares best practices.  Disability experts from around the world are expected to participate in the conference Nov. 1 and 2 at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston.

September 02, 2015

Community health workers (CHW) can improve health outcomes, reduce health disparities and contain costs, according to a brief authored by health policy experts at UMass Medical School and released by the Connecticut Health Foundation (CT Health).

August 31, 2015

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has awarded the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center (Shriver Center) at the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Medical School a contract to design and implement a system to manage all online training offered through the Department of Human Services’ Office of Developmental Programs.

Cassidy Bauer
August 26, 2015

Keeping weight off is difficult for 26-year-old Cassidy Bauer, who is only 4-and-a-half-feet tall. But Bauer and her mother say they’ve had help from UMass Medical School’s Health U weight loss program for people with intellectual disabilities, which has taught them about proper nutrition, exercise and lifestyle changes, according to an article in the Telegram & Gazette Aug. 26.

August 19, 2015

The U.S. Social Security Administration (Social Security) awarded UMass Medical School’s BenePLAN program a five-year Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) cooperative agreement to continue providing WIPA services. Pending the availability of annual funds, the cooperative agreement provides annual funding of $240,000 for BenePLAN through June 30, 2020.  

August 17, 2015

Children who over focus on one small part of a picture, word or face may have difficulty with such life skills as reading or recognizing people. UMass Medical School’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center has been studying visual attention in children and adolescents with intellectual or developmental disabilities to develop teaching methods to reduce the problem.

UMass Medical School experts present on strategies to increase access to benefits while saving money at  Medicaid Enterprise Systems conference
August 13, 2015

Experts from UMass Medical School’s Commonwealth Medicine division present on strategies to increase access to benefits while saving money for Medicaid programs at the Medicaid Enterprise Systems Conference Aug. 17-20 in Des Moines, Iowa.

August 10, 2015

Health policy experts from UMass Medical School have created an updated overview of the Massachusetts Medicaid program, MassHealth, through a series of charts for the Massachusetts Medicaid Policy Institute, a program of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation.