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Massachusetts Health Reform table
March 26, 2014

Robert W. Seifert, MPA, principal associate at the Center for Health Law and Economics at UMass Medical School,is co-author of a report that summarizes findings from the 2012 Massachusetts Health Reform Survey (MHRS) commissioned by the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. 

March 19, 2014

Incarcerated elders are the fastest growing segment of the prison population, and their numbers have increased nearly 200 percent since the 1990s, according to the National Institute of Corrections. These inmates pose a challenge to correctional administrators because they often suffer from chronic illnesses and disabilities that can be complex to manage and expensive to treat.

Boston Globe: Community Case Management program provides caregivers for families of medically complex children
February 10, 2014

Community Case Management, a service created by UMass Medical School to help keep medically complex children with their families instead of in pediatric nursing homes, is assisting nearly 700 children and adults, according to an article in the Sunday Boston Globe.

Brookings chart
January 28, 2014

A Brookings Institution blog post by a UMass Medical School professor about Vermont’s plan to adopt a single-payer system features a report created by health care policy experts from UMMS’ Center for Health Law and Economics (CHLE).

Doctor and child
December 27, 2013

A team of UMass Medical School experts say in an article for the Connecticut Health Foundation that it could be a challenge for some states to establish the Basic Health Program (BHP), an option under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that could make health insurance more affordable for some individuals and families.

UMMS celebrating 50th anniversary of newborn screening
December 10, 2013

Newborn screening has touched the lives of nearly every person born in Massachusetts over the past five decades. That anniversary was celebrated at the State House on Dec. 9, when a proclamation from Gov. Deval L. Patrick declared Dec. 9-15 Newborn Screening Awareness Week in Massachusetts.

Newborn feet
December 09, 2013

“If you think about the screenings we do and the disorders we identify, it can save lives,” Joyce A. Murphy, executive vice chancellor of UMass Medical School’s Commonwealth Medicine division, told the WorcesterTelegram & Gazette in a front page story about the 50th anniversary of the Massachusetts Newborn Screening Program. 

Teresa Mitchell
November 27, 2013

New research showing that infants who spent less time looking at people’s eyes were more likely to be diagnosed with autism is an important indicator that autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) may not stem from congenital abnormalities and therefore may be modified by early intervention, according to Teresa V. Mitchell, PhD, a researcher at UMass Medical School’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center who performs similar studies with older individuals with ASDs.

DES team presenting a poster at NECoPA
November 22, 2013

A team from Disability Evaluation Services (DES), a unit within UMass Medical School’s Commonwealth Medicine division, recently presented a poster at the Northeast Conference on Public Administration (NECoPA) held earlier this month at the University of Delaware.

Commonwealth Medicine at Health Law Advocates breskfast
November 19, 2013

Health Law Advocates is an organization that has helped hundreds of thousands of the  commonwealth’s most needy residents access adequate health care, Commonwealth Medicine Executive Vice Chancellor Joyce A. Murphy, MPA, told a crowd gathered at nonprofit's18th Annual Benefit Breakfast at the Sheraton Boston Hotel on Nov. 13.

Boston Globe: Municipalities get reimbursed for flu clinics through UMass Medical School Vaccine Reimbursement Program
November 13, 2013

The Center for Health Care Financing, a unit within UMass Medical School’s Commonwealth Medicine division, was featured in a Sunday Boston Globe story about cities and towns seeing fewer residents at their local flu clinics. The Center runs the Vaccine Reimbursement Program for several Massachusetts municipalities.

Work Without Limits shows off blue wrap bags
November 06, 2013

A partnership between UMass Medical School, two central Massachusetts nonprofits and a Cambridge startup is working to provide better jobs for people with disabilities. And they’re helping the environment, too.

 Center for Health Care Financing helps New York State recoup $211 million from the federal government
November 01, 2013

The Center for Health Care Financing, a unit within UMass Medical School’s Commonwealth Medicine division, assisted the state of New York in identifying more than $496 million in erroneous Medicaid payments and helped the state recover $211 million from the federal government.

Detroit sunset
October 23, 2013

The State of Michigan has awarded UMass Medical School’s Center for Health Care Financing a contract to assist with cost control of Michigan’s Medicaid program by helping the state maximize access to federal Medicare benefits for eligible residents.

Man in wheelchair attends conference
October 18, 2013

The first annual UMass Medical School Work Without Limits conference, Raise the Bar Hire!, drew nearly 400 attendees and featured more than 40 exhibitors, all gathered at the Four Points by Sheraton in Norwood last week to highlight ways to advance employment for people with disabilities.