Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is once again pushing his version of single-payer health care as Republican efforts in Congress to repeal Obamacare run into serious obstacles. And Sanders’ “Medicare for All” proposal offers a road map for how single-payer health care could be rolled out gradually in a way that would avoid major disruptions, notes Katherine London, MS, a top health care policy expert at UMass Medical School.
As governors and lawmakers lobby for flexibility in running their Medicaid programs, Massachusetts offers a prime example of how states can gain greater control over how their federal health dollars are spent.
In response to a bleak national employment outlook facing college graduates with disabilities, the National Organization on Disability (NOD) today announced a creative new effort to bring higher education professionals and employers together in Boston, to both identify more employment opportunities for students with disabilities and to develop new methods of college recruiting to address the issue long-term. UMass Medical School’s Work Without Limits is a partner in this new program.
Transforming the health system in Rhode Island to achieve the “Triple Aim” of better care, healthier people, and smarter spending is the Rhode Island State Innovation Model (SIM) project’s goal. UMass Medical School’s Office of Program Development (OPD) is starting its second year of working with the state on this federally-funded program. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation is supporting this and similar innovation efforts in 23 other states.
UMass Medical School honored Joyce A. Murphy, MPA, executive vice chancellor of the Commonwealth Medicine division, as one of its trailblazing women at the annual Women’s History Month celebration on Tuesday, April 4.
UMass Medical School health policy experts have developed sustainable financing models for the state of Maine to support four community health worker (CHW) interventions that focus on patients with the greatest, and most costly, health care needs.
The Southern New England Practice Transformation Network (SNE-PTN), a collaborative led by UMass Medical School and UConn Health, has reached its full enrollment milestone of enrolling 5,400 clinicians more than 18 months ahead of schedule.
Substance abuse treatment programs run by two Massachusetts sheriffs offer a new way of treating addiction using medication, a promising approach being studied by UMass Medical School’s Warren J. Ferguson, MD, according to a report by NPR’s Here & Now.
The Opioid Therapeutic Class Management Workgroup, which UMass Medical School developed for a state Medicaid program, is featured in a Managed Healthcare Executive article about opioid utilization strategies for managed care organizations. This workgroup model was presented at the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy's Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy Annual Meeting on March 28.
A UMass Medical School expert in health law and policy will delve into the complexities surrounding waivers and federal health reform at the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Annual Health Law Symposium April 7 in Boston.
UMass Medical School’s Work Without Limits has announced sponsorship opportunities for the Raise the Bar Hire! Conference and Career Fair October 5-6 featuring notable autism advocate Temple Grandin, PhD, as keynote speaker.
A recent survey of New England pharmacies found the median cost to dispense one prescription to a Medicaid beneficiary is $10.59. The survey was completed by the New England States Consortium Systems Organization (NESCSO), a nonprofit organized by the health and human service agencies of the New England states and UMass Medical School, in partnership with the accounting firm of Myers and Stauffer LC.
Engaging stakeholders to thoughtfully restructure into an integrated healthcare delivery system is no easy task, but MassHealth did just that through its Accountable Care Organization (ACO) initiative, UMass Medical School’s Carolyn Langer, MD, told Healthcare IT News. Dr. Langer will discuss the initiative at a forum in Boston April 3.
A proposal to bring single-payer health care to Massachusetts is aspirational because it lacks details and may need funding changes to be successful, UMass Medical School health policy expert Katharine London, MS, told the Telegram & Gazette. London led the team that developed the Vermont single-payer financing model.
UMass Medical School has created the Warren J. Ferguson Scholarship to honor its namesake’s contributions to the field of criminal justice health. The scholarship was announced March 16 at the Academic & Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health, which Dr. Ferguson co-founded 10 years ago.