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Technical Report
April 01, 2013

This report summarizes recent efforts by the Massachusetts Medicaid program, MassHealth, to address enrollment volatility and provides recommendations to mitigate remaining challenges by leveraging the opportunities presented with the transition to ACA-compliant eligibility systems and programs.

Technical Report
March 11, 2013

This report outlines the impact of the new budget proposal on 37,500 low-income working parents in Connecticut. Tighter eligibility requirements effective in 2014 will impact those currently insured under Medicaid (HUSKY). Higher out-of-pocket costs may prevent up to 11,000 parents from affording health insurance.

Technical Report
January 24, 2013

This report explains that Vermont must develop new financing mechanisms that raise $1.6 billion to fund single-payer. However, on December 17, 2014, Gov. Peter Shumlin announced that "now is not the right time" to overhaul health care financing and delivery in Vermont.

December 03, 2012

Non-English and non-Caucasian children are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other developmental disorders at later ages, and with lower prevalence than their counterparts.  The Massachusetts Act Early state team sought to address this gap so that at-risk families from diverse backgrounds receive more effective autism screening.

October 24, 2012

This presentation overviews the drug utilization trends of the top traditional therapy classes within the community and assesses their impact on drug utilization within correctional systems. 

White Paper
October 22, 2012

It is not uncommon for state university faculty to participate as part-time consultants in the administration of state Medicaid programs. However, rarely do state universities participate institutionally as public agencies in the administration of state Medicaid programs since the propriety, value and parameters of these engagements are usually not recognized.

Technical Report
October 01, 2012

This report provides an overview of MassHealth, the Massachusetts Medicaid program, and the revenue and spending trends during the State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2011.

Technical Report
September 28, 2012

This report examines key components of the most recent Massachusetts health reform law and how this law will affect the annual spending benchmark.

White Paper
September 17, 2012

A pharmacist’s medication management skill can enhance health outcomes and quality of life for members of Medicaid, Medicare, and commercial health plans — especially for members who have serious medical conditions or need closely coordinated pharmaceutical care.

August 07, 2012

Presentation on pharmacy medication use among adults in Massachusetts. 

Journal Article
July 17, 2012

Comparison of physical activity levels among 53 children with ASD and 58 typically developing children aged 3-11 years who participated in the Children's Activity and Meal Patterns Study (CHAMPS).

July 13, 2012

Statistics on falls amongst adults with intellectual disabilities and possible ways to reduce them.

Technical Report
June 21, 2012

This report provides an overview of the MassHealth, the Massachusetts state Medicaid program, eligibility and enrollment information, spending growth statistics, and cost drivers analysis.

Technical Report
June 15, 2012

Pipeline Trends features concise, impartial data on drugs in development and their potential place in therapy.

Technical Report
June 02, 2012

We analyzed the price variations present in the New Hampshire hospital market for the New Hampshire Insurance Department. This report summarizes the analyses completed and presents the relevant findings.

Technical Report
June 01, 2012

The MassHealth Hospice Program: Overview and Analysis study employed mixed methods to conduct a descriptive analysis of primary and secondary data, using document review, key informant interviews, and MassHealth claims and enrollment data. This report explains the structure and implementation of the hospice benefit, examines the increase in hospice benefit utilization and expenditures, assesses member and family satisfaction with the benefit, and describes end of life services provided by Medicaid programs in five states.

May 28, 2012

This presentation discusses individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities and how they often have difficulty learning auditory-visual conditional discriminations that are important for early communication and generalization may be restricted. 

Journal Article
April 20, 2012

This article describes the many initiatives of the MassAHEC Network program office at UMass Medical School and the AHEC of Southeastern MA (AHEC-SE) have engaged in to define and develop consumer engagement materials and activities. AHEC-SE has partnered with health professionals and AHECs to engage patients to identify their perspectives on the patient-centered medical home model.

Journal Article
April 16, 2012

Many U.S. physicians are similarly untrained about critical aspects of providing care to persons with disabilities, perhaps contributing to disparities in their care. Recognizing these inadequacies, U.S. medical educators are beginning to develop core competencies for trainees relating to the care of patients with disabilities

Technical Report
April 04, 2012

This research brief presents further issues to consider in assessing the desirability of a State Basic Health Program (SBHP) in Connecticut and the optimal timing for implementing it.

March 23, 2012

The column discusses the need to allay any fears and uncertainties associated with hiring people with disabilities.