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Technical Report
December 04, 2018

This issue brief details the potential scope of changes a new rule proposed by the Department of Homeland Security could have on immigrants in Massachusetts, including declining enrollment in enrollment in benefit programs such as Medicaid and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). 

White Paper
November 27, 2018

Vocational review adds a critical component to the full disability evaluation process. Learn how a comprehensive vocational assessment can help retirement systems better understand a member’s ability to return to work in our new issue brief.

White Paper
November 15, 2018

An infographic of the successes in both quality improvement and cost containment we have created for Medicaid agencies in need of technical, operational and strategic assistance. 

Journal Article
November 09, 2018

Criminal justice health experts, including our Warren Ferguson, comment in Academic Medicine on the potential benefits the use of person first language could have in reducing morbidity and mortality for the 2.2 million adults incarcerated in the United States today.

Webinar
November 06, 2018

Learn how to best use the Community Health Worker Impact Estimator Tool developed by our health policy experts for Families USA in this webinar, which provides an overview of the childhood asthma and diabetes calculators.

Technical Report
October 30, 2018

A new report making the case for Community Health Workers and assessing the fiscal impact a CHW certification program could have in Connecticut was prepared with the assistance of our health policy expert Katharine London

Journal Article
October 10, 2018

This brief for Justice in Aging co-authored by Rachel Gershon of Health Law & Policy shows how Medicaid programs violate a Medicaid law that requires that all assistance by friends and family members must be voluntary.

Case Study
September 24, 2018

Health care costs are soaring, putting state Medicaid programs under intense budget pressure. Learn how AVS Enhance is helping alleviate that burden by helping to accurately and comprehensively identify the real estate assets of Medicaid applications.

Case Study
September 10, 2018

We worked with MassHealth, the Massachusetts Medicaid program, to establish and organize a stakeholder engagement process that informed the development and implementation of a 1115 Medicaid waiver, which shifted MassHealth to a value-based delivery system using Accountable Care Organizations.

Case Study
August 21, 2018

Discover UMass Medical School's new Asset Verification System, AVS Enhance™, and how it's helping states avoid unnecessary costs while simultaneously improving program integrity. 

AVS Enhance™ helped one state avoid $125M in costs.

Poster
August 17, 2018

Our approach to dual eligible data analytics led to MassHealth, the Massachusetts Medicaid program, saving over $68 million through benefits optimization and recovering over $21 million in Medicare premium overpayments. 

White Paper
August 14, 2018

Learn the actions health plan decision makers should consider while developing a comprehensive managed long-term services and supports program. Make sure individuals receive the right service in the right setting.

Journal Article
August 10, 2018

This study, conducted by researchers from the Center for Health Policy and Research, evaluates the impact of practice participation in a pediatric patient-centered medical home learning collaborative on preventable emergency department visits among children in MassHealth.

Journal Article
August 01, 2018

Our researchers performed a retrospective evaluation of the multidisciplinary therapeutic class management workgroup that conducted telephonic prescriber outreach in Massachusetts as part of the Massachusetts Medicaid Pharmacy Program's Pediatric Behavioral Health Medication Initiative. The initiative,  aims to prevent concerning

behavioral health medication polypharmacy regimes.

Technical Report
July 26, 2018

This brief, compiled by experts from our Health Law & Policy team, goes over the basics of MassHealth's introduction of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). It includes a brief introduction of what an ACO is, the three distinct types of ACOs, who they serve, the services they provide and how they can improve care and contain costs.

White Paper
July 10, 2018

Learn how public retirement systems can ensure accurate, complete, clinically sound Medical Board Reviews for disability determinations. Not taking the right steps during the application evaluation process can lead to mistakes.

Journal Article
July 01, 2018

Our researchers and pharmacists set out to find out how well Ledipasvir/sofosbuvir worked in treating Hepatitis C virus in a Medicaid population. They found the treatment was largely successful in creating a sustained viral response, which was achieved in 95% of members.

Presentation
June 19, 2018

An overview of the managed long-term services and supports (MLTSS) national landscape with a focus on our MLTSS best practice framework and the role of LTSS clinical guidelines in that framework.

Blog
June 07, 2018

In an Op-Ed piece for CommonWealth magazine, Warren J. Ferguson of the Health and Criminal Justice Program provides

real world examples of how methadone has proven its efficacy in other states and why this treatment needs to be offered to all incarcerated persons, including those in Massachusetts, with substance use disorder.

Journal Article
May 23, 2018

Experts from our Clinical Pharmacy Services unit and the Center for Health Policy Research set out to identify best-practice guidelines healthcare providers could use when prescribing to patients with substance use disorders to ensure regimens are followed safely and judiciously.  

Technical Report
May 08, 2018

A team from our Center for Health Policy and Research dig into data on Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplementary Security Income across the United States. Their findings strongly suggest geographic variation in program participation is most likely a result of socioeconomic differences and disability prevalence.

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