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Journal Article
August 18, 2016

An assessesment of the impact of the MassHealth, the Massachusetts Medicaid program, Children's Behavioral Health Initiative implemented in 2007. The initiative, requires behavioral health screening at well-child appointments, substantially increased the percentage of children receiving behavioral health screenings.

Presentation
August 18, 2016

How mapping and visualization tools can enhance the use of data to characterize a population’s health and social services needs, target interventions and compare outcomes across population subgroups. These tools are used to manage Massachusetts 1915c Medicaid Waiver programs, track operations, improve efficiency, report quality measures, monitor program integrity and plan for  service needs.

Poster
August 17, 2016

Integration strategies and coordination benchmarks within the Massachusetts Medicaid Management Information System (MMMIS) are used to ensure accurate Medicaid and Medicare enrollment; fully engage service delivery options (including managed care and integrated care programs); and effectively cost-avoid, reprice, or cost-share to ensure the state’s lowest payment liability.

Journal Article
August 01, 2016

An examination of the choices that primary care physicians make in deciding to practice in a community health centers post health care reform. Researchers compared results of physician surveys conducted in 2008 and 2013.

Technical Report
July 21, 2016

This report describes the process of providing integrated care for patients with substance use disorders at three sites in central Massachusetts: Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center, Family Health Center of Worcester, and Community Healthlink. It identifies common practices that improve care coordination and presents key findings.

Technical Report
July 14, 2016

Health insurance coverage data from state tax filings for 2011 and 2012 is used to address a gap in research that has focused on health insurance coverage in a given 12-month period and to provide a better understanding of the population in Massachusetts that is prone to remain uninsured over consecutive years.

Journal Article
July 01, 2016

Twenty-five women with physical disabilities across the U.S. who had had a baby in the past 10 years were interviewed for this study. The results shed light on the unmet needs and barriers to the care of women with mobility disabilities during pregnancy and childbirth. The study findings highlight the need for policy and practice recommendations for perinatal care of women with mobility disabilities.

Poster
June 27, 2016

A summary of the way the Worcester Division of Public Health was able to improve care for its patients after being awarded a Prevention and Welllness Trust Fund grant from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. 

Poster
June 27, 2016

An overview and review of a Perioperative Surgical Home pilot developed using hte guiding principles of the patient-centered medical home. The PSH coordinates care and decisions from the decision to operate through return to primary care.

Poster
June 26, 2016

A detailed review of the teaching assistance and shared learning UMass Medical School provided in the area of behavioral health integration to participants of the Primary Care Payment Reform program, an alternative payment pilot developed by the Massachusetts Medicaid program, MassHealth.

Poster
June 25, 2016

A comprehensive look at The Southern New England Practice Transformation Network (SNE-PTN), which supports implementation of person-centered, high quality, efficient, and coordinated care. SNE-PTN is funded under the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Transforming Clinical Practices Initiative.

Technical Report
June 16, 2016

A chart pack produced by the Massachusetts Medicaid Policy Institute (MMPI), a program of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation, in partnership with the Center for Health Law and Economics at UMass Medical School. This updated edition includes MassHealth enrollment as of January 2016 and spending from state fiscal year 2015.

Journal Article
June 06, 2016

The study concludes that antiviral treatment with sofosbuvir and/or simeprevir was requested for a relatively small proportion of Hepatitis C-infected members of MassHealth, the Massachusetts Medicaid program, with nearly all approved. Prescriber prioritization or patient barriers to care, rather than prior authorization, determined access to treatment. Support may be needed to ensure patients with SUD benefit from advances in HCV treatment.

Webinar
June 02, 2016

The Massachusetts High-Risk Pediatric Asthma Bundled Payment Model, created by UMass Medical School on behalf of MassHealth, is one of two innovative models featured in this webinar about how select states are using Medicaid to pay for supportive services.

Technical Report
June 01, 2016

This report includes findings from the evaluation of the 2013-2015 Connecting Consumers with Care grant program.

The evaluation assessed outreach and enrollment progress, described practices used to reach and enroll consumers in health insurance, and characterized efforts to increase consumer self-sufficiency.

Blog
June 01, 2016

An overview of the Academic Consortium on Criminal Justice Health's 9th Annual Academic & Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health in CorrDocs, the newsletter of the American College of Correctional Physicians. The conference is supported by the University of Massachusetts Medical School and co-hosted this year by George Mason University.

White Paper
May 24, 2016

Provides policy recommendations to address current barriers to employment for people with psychiatric disabilities, who can successfully obtain and maintain employment with supports that include increased access to career development, supported employment, and critical health services.

Journal Article
May 02, 2016

Justice-involved people have higher rates of substance, mental health, and chronic medical disorders than the general population. This commentary provides rationale and a blueprint for engagement of academic health science institutions to harness their capabilities to tackle one of the country’s most vexing public health crises.

Technical Report
April 15, 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
April 13, 2016

This presentation describes how to use data to develop outcome-based measures to ensure the quality of home and community-based services (HCBS).

Technical Report
April 12, 2016

This fact sheet presents a summary of the effects of Chapter

58 of the Acts of 2006, "An Act Providing Access To Affordable, Quality, Accountable Health Care," as reported in the many studies that have focused on Massachusetts’ reform. This high-level review summarizes the findings in various categories, including insurance coverage, access to care, health care utilization, and affordability for consumers.

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