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Presentation
December 01, 2015

This presentation to grantees of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation's Connecting Consumers with Care program explains the phenomena of health insurance churn.

Journal Article
December 01, 2015

To strengthen the field of academic criminal justice health, the Academic and Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health was launched in 2007. This paper assesses the merits of the conference as a stimulus to advance the field.

Journal Article
December 01, 2015

The Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) convened a meeting in September 2014 of multiple stakeholders to recommend activities and programs that AMCP can promote to improve pain management, prevent opioid use disorder, improve medication-assisted treatment outcomes. The Office of Clinical Affairs' Paul Jeffrey helped organize the forum.

Journal Article
December 01, 2015

This paper finds that obesity prevalence for children with intellectual disabilities (ID) was 28.9% and 15.5% for children without ID. After adjusting for age, sex, race/ethnicity and poverty level, the odds ratio was significantly 1.89 times greater among children with ID than among those without ID.

Poster
November 16, 2015

We have been conducting a needs assessment to inform efforts to establish a state-level data collection and surveillance plan for systems of services for children and youth with autism spectrum disorder and developmental disabilities in response to a Massachusetts Autism Commission report calling for a statewide approach to meet needs. This poster shares identified gaps in services and coverage.

Presentation
November 13, 2015

Description of infectious diseases emerging across the globe with explanation of factors contributing to emergence.

Poster
November 03, 2015

Community Case Management (CCM), a partnership between UMass Medical School and MassHealth (Massachusetts Medicaid), serves children and adults with highly complex, chronic and challenging medical conditions/disabilities. By creating a single point of entry to receive coordinated services across a wide spectrum of needs, this unique program enables members to stay at home while reducing the burden of care on families. A satisfaction survey was conducted to monitor CCM’s effectiveness and identify areas for improvement.

Technical Report
October 30, 2015

This brief outlines how Medicaid Section 1115 and ACA Section 1332 waivers work and what states should consider when designing these waivers.

Technical Report
October 30, 2015

This brief outlines how Medicaid Section 1115 and ACA Section 1332 waivers work and what states should consider when designing these waivers.

Presentation
October 14, 2015

Using motivational interviewing techniques when conversing with patients, particularly when discussing mediation adherence, can improve communication and therapeutic outcomes.

Journal Article
October 13, 2015

This study documents the prevalence of lifetime and past-year sexual violence against men with disabilities in the U.S., compares these estimates with those of men without disabilities and women with and without disabilities, and examines the gender and relationship of the perpetrator of sexual violence against men with disabilities relative to perpetrator characteristics identified in incidents against other adults.

Presentation
October 08, 2015

This presentation outlines enrollment of the Massachusetts Medicaid program, MassHealth, as of March 2015 and spending from fiscal year 2014.

Journal Article
October 01, 2015

UMass Medical School researchers have created a framework to better examine the health of women with physical disabilities around the time of their pregnancy. That framework has been described in a paper published in the Disability and Health Journal.

Technical Report
September 04, 2015

This report provides results from the customer satisfaction and experience evaluation for the state of Vermont’s health insurance marketplace. Findings include customer experience on the Vermont Health Connect (VHC) website, experience with the customer support center, selecting a health insurance plan, enrollment in dental plans, health insurance literacy, and overall perceptions of VHC.

Journal Article
September 01, 2015

Researchers have found high rates of complications including fetal death, preeclampsia and preterm birth among pregnant women with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Researchers analyzed discharge data from 1,051 hospitals in 45 states in 2010 and found 1,706 women classified by hospital codes as having intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Poster
August 19, 2015

This poster presentation shows how UMass Medical School works with state Medicaid programs to customize and implement business methodologies to maximize benefits for individuals and savings for states. The medical school’s collaboration with state and federal agencies has resulted in two national corrections of federal benefits systems in the past five years that led to increased benefits for individuals and increased Medicaid savings and revenue in all states.

Technical Report
July 30, 2015

July 30, 2015 marked the 50th anniversary of Medicaid, and to commemorate that milestone the Massachusetts Medicaid Policy Institute (MMPI) released a timeline of important events co-created by health policy experts at UMass Medical School. MMPI is a program of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation

White Paper
July 28, 2015

Community health workers (CHW) can improve health outcomes, reduce health disparities and contain costs, according to a brief authored by health policy experts at UMass Medical School and released by the Connecticut Health Foundation (CT Health).

Journal Article
July 13, 2015

Researchers found that children with autism have high food selectivity and more mealtime behavior problems, and their parents experience higher levels of stress during mealtimes. Interventions to reduce food selectivity may lead to decreases in mealtime behavior problems.

Case Study
June 16, 2015

The  Emergency Department Safety Assessment & Follow-up Evaluation (ED-SAFE) examines the feasibility and potential impact of screening emergency department patients for suicide risk as well as the effect of an emergency department-initiated intervention to reduce suicidal behavior and associated problems.

Poster
June 14, 2015

This poster explains a study that examines how states undergoing Medicaid expansion differ in their treatment of the “medically frail” population. The medically frail are individuals who may need the extra benefits offered by traditional Medicaid.

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