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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.

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.

Pharmacy experts to present on hepatitis C medication management at National Drug Benefit Management Conference
February 26, 2015

UMass Medical School clinical pharmacists will discuss the management of Hepatitis C medication at the 20th Annual Drug Benefit Conference sponsored by the Pharmacy Benefit Management Institute March 2-4 in San Antonio, Texas.

Kimberly A. Haddad
February 25, 2015

Health law and policy expert Kimberly A. Haddad, JD, MPH, has been named chief of staff of UMass Medical School’s public service consulting and operations division, Commonwealth Medicine.

Work Without Limits Career Fair
February 24, 2015

UMass Medical School’s Work Without Limits program will educate employers about building diversity by recruiting people with disabilities and dispelling myths about their productivity at a conference and career fair hosted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management Feb. 26 in Cambridge.

Stethoscope and pills on graph
February 23, 2015

Clinical pharmacists from UMass Medical School will discuss opiates and the management of Hepatitis C drugs in Massachusetts at the American Drug Utilization Review Society (ADURS) 2015 Symposium Feb. 26-28 at the DoubleTree Paradise Valley Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona.

February 17, 2015

The first comprehensive textbook on correctional psychiatry will be released next month in an effort to improve the quality of care given to inmates with mental illnesses. Kenneth L. Appelbaum, MD, a co-editor of the textbook, sheds light on the need for mental health services in both correctional facilities and the community. Appelbaum is clinical professor of psychiatry at UMass Medical School and director of correctional mental health policy and research at its Center for Health Policy and Research, a unit within Commonwealth Medicine.

Pregnant Woman
February 12, 2015

The first population-based study of pregnant women with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the United States reveals that these mothers and their babies are at a greater risk of adverse outcomes that include preterm birth, low birth weight and low Apgar scores. The study was led by researchers at UMass Medical School, who were recently awarded a five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to further investigate those disparities. 

Joyce Murphy speaking at Pinnacle awards
January 30, 2015

Joyce A. Murphy’s life mission to help the disadvantaged and advocate for compassionate care began at the tender age of 3, when her brother Brian was born with Hunter’s Syndrome. Despite a devastating diagnosis, the UMass Medical School executive vice chancellor rallied with her parents and five siblings to care for Brian for the duration of his short life.