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White Paper
November 01, 2014

Results of a Massachusetts conducted focus group with families about insurance quality measures.

Presentation
October 22, 2014

This presentation discusses new payment models for asthma and provides an overview of the Massachusetts Children's High-risk Asthma Bundled Payment (CHABP) Demonstration Program. It also discusses opportunities and challenges of the new payment models.

Presentation
October 07, 2014

This presentation outlines a successful hepatitis C medication monitoring program instituted by Clinical Pharmacy Services for MassHealth, the Massachusetts Medicaid program. The program used outreach and education strategies to communicate with prescribers about regimens that were the most effective in treating the virus and containing costs.

Presentation
October 02, 2014

Presentation to Vermont's Green Mountain Care Board about a Price Variation Analysis undertaken in partnership with the University of Vermont College of Medicine and Wakely Consulting Group. The presentation outlined price variations across the state and suggested a process and methodology that the Board could use to set standard rates. 

Video
September 24, 2014

Katharine London joined a roster of health care leaders at a Brookings Institution MEDTalk on Medicaid innovation to discuss how alternative payment models can support innovative ways of providing care for children with asthma.

Technical Report
August 31, 2014

This analysis documents price variations across the state and suggests a process and methodology that the Vermont Green Mountain Care Board could use to set standard rates.  The report determined that inpatient prices among Vermont's 14 hospitals and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire vary from 71 to 130 percent of the state average. 

Blog
August 28, 2014

Many primary care practices wish to become patient-centered medical homes, but the transformation process can be daunting. Here, three experts offer some professional advice.

Blog
August 14, 2014

An email subject line can be a powerful first impression of an online survey.

This post offers ideas for creating subject lines that maximize email open rates and survey completion rates.

Journal Article
August 14, 2014

This article discusses the economic impacts of Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act and was based upon a presentation given by the authors in January 2014 at the Boston University School of Law symposium,  "Improved Health at a Reduced Cost?  Economic Perspectives on the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act."

Journal Article
July 09, 2014

This article highlights a buprenorphine dose-based prior authorization policy developed by MassHealth, the Massachusetts Medicaid program, in consultation with UMass Medical School. The policy may be a model for other states that are concerned about diversion of buprenorphine among individuals with opioid dependence.

Presentation
June 25, 2014

This presentation details the impact of state Medicaid programs placing lifetime limits on buprenorphine therapy for individuals with opioid dependence. The research reveals that setting limits does not save money or help the patient.

Presentation
May 19, 2014

This presentation describes Medicaid & CHIP requirements to report performance indicators, describes the marketplace federal reporting requirements, describes and analyze initial results from the reporting requirements, and reviews the future of federal reporting for Medicaid & CHIP.

White Paper
May 09, 2014

It is widely recognized that companies that embrace diversity and inclusion have a competitive advantage when recruiting employees and winning the loyalty of customers. This article explores how increasing the presence of disabled workers in the work force could have the same effect.  

Presentation
May 04, 2014

Presentation of study that found women with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) comprise fewer than 1% of deliveries in the United States, but they and their infants are at significantly elevated risk of adverse outcomes.

Technical Report
May 01, 2014

In 2012, the evaluation team at UMass Medical School, in collaboration with Vermont, revised the Choices for Care (CFC) evaluation plan to focus on specific outcomes for which data are available and that are actionable, have policy relevance, and encompass the continuum of settings.

Journal Article
May 01, 2014

This article examines the impact of a 2-year stepwise initiative to reduce utilization and therapy costs of long-acting opioid analgesics by addressing issues of high dose, daily dose, and preferred therapeutic alternatives. The study demonstrated that a state Medicaid program initiative can result in a significant decrease in opioid class utilization specifically for the targeted, more costly agents.

White Paper
April 15, 2014

This report summarizes findings from the patient experience survey taken by parents of children enrolled in primary care practices participating in the Medical Home Learning Collaborative. Parents were surveyed at the beginning, middle, and end of the collaborative.

Presentation
April 04, 2014

A presentation exploring how health reform will impact access to interpreters for individuals with Limited English Proficiency and individuals who are deaf.

Technical Report
April 03, 2014

UPDATED chart pack, including summary data on MassHealth enrollment and spending. Designed to support use of the charts in presentations. Updated edition includes MassHealth enrollment as of December 31, 2013 and spending from FY 2013.

Technical Report
March 26, 2014

This report summarizes findings from the 2012 Massachusetts Health Reform Survey (MHRS) commissioned by the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Presentation
March 10, 2014

Presentation on implementing integrated clinical care management in the patient-centered medical home.

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