This report details the behavioral health elements required in achieving recognition as a patient-centered medical home (PCMH) by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). Advancing Behavioral Health Integration Within NCQA Recognized Patient-Centered Medical Homes aims to support safety-net providers across the country by outlining the newest NCQA PCMH standards as they relate to integrating behavioral health into primary care.
The 72-chapter Oxford Textbook of Correctional Psychiatry is the first comprehensive resource on criminal justice mental health issues. The book is a thorough overview of the field of correctional psychiatry that encompasses 14 broad content areas and includes a resource guide in correctional mental health care.
An analysis of proposed Medicaid changes in Connecticut was conducted by our health policy experts. Using research literature and the recent experience of other states, we estimated the number of persons who would be left uninsured if the proposal is implemented, and discussed effects on access to care for parents, pregnant women, and children.
The poster describes the importance of integrating behavioral health care in PCMH, and cites national studies that estimate 30 percent of adults suffer from one or more mental health problems in a one-year period.
The poster helps practices recognized as PCMH identify and manage the care of the highest-risk, complex and costly patients. Clinical care management has helped patient-centered medical homes reduce costs and hospital admissions and stays, while increasing patient satisfaction.
This report provides a brief snapshot of end of life care activity in Massachusetts, identifies related themes and trends in Massachusetts health care institutions, and conveys current concerns and priorities for improving end of life care in the Commonwealth.
This presentation describes the possible benefits and risks associated with the concomitant use of opiate and benzodiazepine medications.
This presentation provides an overview of the hepatitis C virus monitoring program implemented for state Medicaid to contain costs and to promote optimal member care. Key clinical and economic outcomes of the monitoring program are highlighted and formulary management strategies for novel hepatitis C virus agents identified.
The poster will address concerns about an increase in the use of behavioral medications in children and the need to manage prescribing practices to ensure appropriate use of the drugs.
This issue brief summarizes the key terms and conditions of the extension of a federal Section 1115 demonstration waiver for MassHealth, the Massachusetts Medicaid program. The waiver allows the Commonwealth to experiment with innovative strategies for delivering and financing health care for many of its Medicaid-eligible residents.
An industry overview and chartbook that provides a comprehensive look at the Massachusetts' hospital system.
In this commentary, the authors discuss, based on their experiences, concerns related to academic health centers partnering with correctional facilities, how existing partnerships have overcome those concerns, and the benefits of such relationships to both academic health centers and correctional facilities.
Results of a Massachusetts conducted focus group with families about insurance quality measures.
Results of a Massachusetts conducted focus groups with families about insurance quality measures.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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."