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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Discover Commonwealth Medicine, 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.
Our approach to dual eligible data analytics led to the Massachusetts Medicaid program, saving over $68 million through benefits optimization and recovering over $21 million in Medicare premium overpayments.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Optometrists across the country enrolled in the Southern New England Practice Transformation Network have helped 22,765 patients avoid the high costs that come with visits to the Emergency Department when they have eye emergencies.
A case study on MassOptions, a free online and telephonic service that simplifies access to LTSS for the elderly, individuals with disabilities and their caregivers in Massachusetts. MassOptions is supported by the multidisciplinary team of UMass Medical School, UHealthSolutions, the Executive Office of Elder Affairs and Community Partners.
This poster gives an overview of pulmonary exacerbation rates pre- and post-initiation of Lumacaftor/Ivacaftor (LUM/IVA) in Massachusetts' Medicaid program. Before this study, there had been no published data evaluating real-world outcomes for Medicaid patients receiving this therapy.