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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.

March 25, 2015

Public awareness of advance care planning, palliative care and end-of-life options are key to improving end-of-life care in Massachusetts, according to a report prepared and released by UMass Medical School’s Commonwealth Medicine division.

Worcester Business Journal: How UMass Medical School is building models for better care
March 24, 2015

UMass Medical School's Commonwealth Medicine division is working to create better care models, Executive Vice Chancellor Joyce A. Murphy writes in a column for Health, a quarterly published by the Worcester Business Journal.

March 20, 2015

“Above and beyond the call of duty” doesn’t quite capture the heroic acts by New England Newborn Screening Program staff in the middle of a January blizzard, when they braved a snowbound state to collect blood samples from newborn babies that needed to be screened for early diagnosis for a range of rare disorders. The New England Newborn Screening Program is operated by UMass Medical School.
 

Family
March 18, 2015

Up to 10,000 parents in Connecticut could lose health coverage if a proposal to change eligibility requirements for HUSKY A, the state’s Medicaid program, is successful, according to an analysis conducted by health policy experts from UMass Medical School and released by the Connecticut Health Foundation (CT Health) on March 18.

Doctor and patient
March 18, 2015

A UMass Medical School survey of primary care physicians at Massachusetts community health centers finds an aging workforce with fewer doctors planning to continue working in the centers in the next five years.

March 11, 2015

The newest research concerning the health care of incarcerated populations will be presented by national experts at the 8th Academic and Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health March 19-20 at the Hyatt Boston Harbor.

March 04, 2015

UMass Medical School and MassHealth, the state Medicaid program, are working on an initiative to keep children with high-risk asthma healthier by trying to ensure the use of proper medications and the elimination of triggers, while reducing costly hospital visits, according to a story in the Telegram & Gazette March 4.

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