The Director of the Charitable Trusts Unit, within the New Hampshire Attorney General’s office, is charged with reviewing transactions involving health care charitable trusts, including non-profit hospitals, to determine whether these transactions are in the best interest of the community. The Charitable Trusts Unit retained the Health Law & Policy team at Commonwealth Medicine, UMass Medical School, to perform a thorough, impartial review of the Hospital Corporation of America’s (HCA) proposed acquisition of Frisbie Memorial Hospital.
Commonwealth Medicine’s Health Law & Policy expert Carol Gyurina explains why the federal parity law, which requires health plans to apply the same coverage limits to both behavioral health and medical benefits, is a good first step but not enough on its own to guarantee substance abuse services for Medicaid enrollees
Discover the comprehensive and customized approach Commonwealth Medicine's Disability Evaluations Team takes toward reviewing the 40,000+ disability evaluations it screens every year.
Our Health Law & Policy expert Katharine London joined several other policy and program experts to explore the role, impact, and system supports for community health workers in the United States, and Navajo Nation.
Find keys to success, policy recommendations, and implementation tools for starting a Recovery Coach program in your community. Commonwealth Medicine’s Health Law & Policy experts Katharine London, MS, and Jeremy Tourish, MPH, share research on the impact Recovery Coaches had in the battle against opioid use disorder in six states.
Check out our Health Law & Policy team’s brief updating information on the MassHealth Accountable Care Organization program as it enters its second year. Released by Blue Cross Blue Shield, the primer explores enhancements including the expanded Community Partners Program and the new Flexible Services Program. Learn more on our website about the way nearly 900,000 residents of The Commonwealth are receiving health care services
Our Medicare Buy-In Quality Review Initiative, which our TPL expert Jenifer Hartman presented on during the 2019 Medicaid Enterprise Systems Conference, digs deep to find gaps in quality control and has returned $25 million in Part A premium overpayments since 2009 for MassHealth.
Learn how cost avoidance activities made possible by our Health Care Finance Solution's Enhanced Coordination of Benefits led to a savings of $66.4 million for MassHealth in 2019.
Learn the Third Party Liability integration strategies implemented by MassHealth, the Massachusetts Medicaid program, to optimize identification of and access to TPL sources for all Medicaid members and at all points within the Medicaid experience.
Take a look at results from The Massachusetts Medicare Enrollment Support Initiative, coordinated with guidance from our third party liability expert Jenifer Hartman of Health Care Finance Solutions.
Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) can improve oral health for Medicaid members and also reduce costs through emergency department (ED) diversion, our Health Law & Policy experts highlight in a report for the Southern New England Practice Transformation Network (SNE-PTN).
This overview of the Massachusetts Medicaid program, MassHealth,
provides details on recent enrollment and spending, as well as updates on delivery system innovations and reforms.
On behalf of the Minnesota Department of Health Services, experts from Health Law & Policy within Public and Private Health Solutions conducted a literature search of successful interventions across the country that improve the health of previously incarcerated individuals and five focus groups to gain feedback from professionals who work with previously incarcerated individuals.
In June 2019, NESCSO and Commonwealth Medicine jointly released a white paper titled The Effective Medicaid Pharmacy Program. Through information compiled from stakeholder interviews and an environmental scan, this brief paper reviews components of an effective Medicaid pharmacy program and provides practical information for Medicaid programs and state leadership.
By creating stronger connections and nurturing communications with their members, Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and Community Partners (CPs) improve compliance with care plans and prescriptions, reduce medical costs, and increase member satisfaction.
Discover the best practices for improving member engagement and understanding in this white paper.
Infants born at times of unstable housing are significantly more likely to need medical care in a hospital during their first year of life and had higher medical spending in their first six years of life, says a new study in Health Affairs. Our Robert Seifert, executive director, Health Law & Policy, collaborated with research colleagues from UMass Medical School to analyze the health outcomes of infants born into homelessness.
A study by our pharmacy experts shows the positive impact of dose-limit policies implemented by a state Medicaid program. The team found that a sequential and progressive opioid dose reduction strategy was successful in decreasing the average daily opioid dose among Medicaid members in Massachusetts.
Our pioneering vaccine reimbursement program simplified the process for two states. Learn more about our program, which the CDC cited it as one of six “Billing Success Stories.”
This report for The Connecticut Health Foundation & the Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut, Inc., compiled by our Health Law & Policy experts, explores how payment reform could support improvements in child health services.
Evidence is mounting that including recovery coaches in the opioid addiction treatment process can have positive impacts on health outcomes. Calculate the caseload, budgetary, financial, & clinical impacts of using this addition to treatment within your state with these tools.
In a commentary piece for Managed Health Care Connect, our Clinical Pharmacy Consultant Stephanie Tran, PharmD, overviews the top five pharmacy trends in managed care she's looking forward to in 2019.