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March 13, 2017

The patient-centered medical home model of care should be applied to incarcerated populations, who have complex medical, behavioral, and substance abuse issues that demand integrated care. A blog on The Huffington Post about the positive impact PCMH can have on correctional health care from Julie White of the Health and Criminal Justice Program.

Technical Report
March 01, 2017

An analysis of a 2017-2018 budget proposal to rollback Connecticut Medicaid eligibility to 138 percent of the Federal Poverty Level finds that 9,500 parents would lose their coverage. The change would likely increase the uninsurance rate by 4,300.

Poster
February 24, 2017

An analysis of medication adherence and birth outcomes among members receiving progesterone for the prevention of preterm birth in a state Medicaid program.

Technical Report
February 08, 2017

The ninth edition of Common Health for the Commonwealth updates data and trends on preventable health conditions and social factors affecting the health of Massachusetts residents. The report covers Social Determinants of Health, Health Risk Factors, and Preventable Health Conditions.

Blog
February 07, 2017

As President Donald J. Trump begins his term and his administration takes shape, it is important for us to reflect on all of the criminal justice reforms of the past eight years under President Barack Obama. A blog on The Huffington Post outlining those reforms from Julie White of the Health and Criminal Justice Program.

Presentation
February 01, 2017

An overview of Medication Therapy Management (MTM) and the Star Rating measure. Learn the best practices for a successful MTM program, including the link to Comprehensive Medication Review quality and care management team integration.

Blog
January 31, 2017

Nationwide, 65 percent of inmates meet the medical criteria for substance use disorder, but just 11 percent receive treatment while incarcerated. A UMass Medical School correctional health collaborative will address substance use disorder by assessing current screening and treatment practices for opioid addiction, making recommendations and implementing proven practicel. Warren J. Ferguson, MD, writes about the collaborative in CommonWealth magazine.

Technical Report
January 05, 2017

This issue brief describes the key elements of the most recent MassHealth 1115 waiver extension, including the shift to a delivery system centered on Accountable Care Organizations and Community Partners, a Delivery System Reform Incentive Program, the redesigned Safety Net Care Pool, and the expansion of services for treatment of substance use disorders. It concludes with a discussion of implications of the new system for major stakeholder groups.

White Paper
December 20, 2016

How managed care organizations can better address the opioid addiction crisis, including improving access to naloxone and Medication Assisted Therapies (MAT) as well as ensuring benefit design will support alternative pain management methods.

Poster
December 16, 2016

The strategies used by the Southern New England Practice Transformation Network (SNE-PTN), a collaborative led by UMass Medical School and UConn Health, to enroll more than 5,000 clinicians from a variety of specialties by the end of October 2016. The strategies led SNE-PTN to achieve 186 percent of the year one enrollment target.

Journal Article
December 14, 2016

The Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) Partnership Forum, Navigating Innovations in Diabetes Care, brought together AMCP members, industry experts, and other key healthcare stakeholders together to discuss the impact of advances in diabetes treatments related to a range of new drugs, technology solutions and care management models.

Technical Report
December 08, 2016

Pipeline Trends is produced by the Clinical Pharmacy Services division and is distributed at least once a year. It provides an overview of promising new agents, investigational indications, projected generic entry, FDA updates and industry trends.

Presentation
December 05, 2016

Lean about the concept of self-direction in Managed Long-Term Services and Supports, including its origin and characteristics and individual and caregiver perspectives. Also presented are health plan considerations, suggestions, and best practices.

Blog
December 01, 2016

Hospitals face financial challenges when providing access to medical interpreters. A new study shows that access to interpreters lowers readmission rates, a key quality indicator. Greater access to medical interpreters may help hospitals facing new payment incentives to reduce readmissions.      

Presentation
November 16, 2016

A summary of efficacy data for high-impact specialty pipeline drugs expected to reach the market, including their place in therapy and budgetary impact. Also featured are strategies to mitigate costs of these cutting-edge medications and compare them to current therapy options.

Presentation
November 15, 2016

An overview of waivers made possible by Section 1115 of the Social Security Act and Section 1332 of the Affordable Care Act. It explains spending and waiver authority and the legal considerations that may arise, the ways that states have used waiver authority, and reviews the limitations and new responsibilities that come with waivers. 

Presentation
October 25, 2016

Learn the strategies required to deliver patient-centric, quality care for individuals with complex care needs. Successful coordination and management requires networking with multiple care providers and linking each intervention to the individual’s overall care.

Presentation
October 25, 2016

The steps to developing Complex Care Management Model Design for state Medicaid programs with a focus on one single point of entry.

Blog
October 20, 2016

Even with health insurance gains, access may still be an issue. State Innovation Waivers offer an opportunity to build on the Affordable Care Act and increase health insurance affordability. States can ask the federal government for authority to change parts of the ACA to achieve their goals.

Journal Article
October 11, 2016

A comprehensive overview of why policymakers should include language access elements in Medicaid ACO design and a description of how such a design can be implemented. Access to language services is crucial to providing quality care and reducing health disparities among patients who are deaf or Limited English Proficient.

Presentation
October 09, 2016

The Care Transformation Collaborative of Rhode Island (CTC), a patient-centered medical home initiative managed by UMass Medical School, explains how primary care practices can build a medical neighborhood by creating a community health team to provide behavioral health and social support services to patients with high-cost, complex care needs.

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