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.
This poster evaluates the costs associated with the administration of select high-cost infused medications in site of care programs in Massachusetts Medicaid populations. Site of care programs help payers save money on specialty drug spend by shifting utilization on high costs infused medications to less costly sites of administration.
Robert Seifert and a team of researchers examine longitudinal health service utilization for homeless family members before and after entering an emergency shelter.
In an Op-Ed piece for Governing magazine, Robert Seifert and Katharine London from our Health Law & Policy team discuss the challenges policy makers face in navigating the path to single payer health-insurance in the United States, and offer some lessons learned from Vermont and California.
The Charitable Trusts Unit within the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office retained our Health Law & Policy team to assess the current provision of community benefits by Elliot Health System and Southern New Hampshire Health System, Inc. and the potential effects on cost, quality and access that could arise from these entities’ proposed transaction to join together into a regional health system.
An outline of the budget impacts of two novel therapies for the treatment of nonalcoholic liver disease on the way to being FDA approved is presented in this poster.
This presentation shares the results of a prescriber outreach program seeking to evaluate awareness of the dangers of co-prescribing opioids with other powerful stimulants.
This report from the Hispanic Health Council offers a number of policy recommendations for community health workers for communities that might benefit from community-based services.
UMass Medical School’s Community Case Management program partners with MassHealth, Massachusetts’ Medicaid program, to support children and adults with complex medical needs. We help individuals and families receive the care they need by identifying, obtaining and maintaining the necessary supports and services.
In this presentation, Katharine London of the Center for Health Law and Economics, makes her case for offering sustainable funding for community health worker services.
State and local government agencies and retirement systems need access to clinical expertise when making disability benefit recommendations. Our staff includes multi-specialty physician and psychologist advisors, registered nurses, licensed allied health specialists and vocational rehabilitation professionals, all with experience in the disability determination process.
Congress passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. What does the Act mean for health policy?
A team from UMass Medical School and Boston Children's Hospital collaborated on a quality improvement initiative seeking to increase and facilitate timely parent referrals to health benefits coordinators. They revised the current system at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of the Boston Children's Hospital, which resulted in a substantial increase in the percentage of referrals from less than 5% to a sustained average of 90%.
Social workers can take on greater leadership roles in the reform of Medicaid, which covers 73 million Americans. In order for them to do so, we must be able to articulate what social workers can contribute to Medicaid reform at all levels. Contributions from social workers can include identifying gaps in service delivery and value.
Pipeline Trends is produced by the Clinical Pharmacy Services and is distributed at least once a year. It provides an overview of promising new agents, investigational indications, and more.
This presentation discusses the potential for implementing a "health home" approach in providing health care behind bars that involves a coordinated, team effort by clinicians and others to provide care to individuals who may have multiple chronic medical conditions and substance abuse issues.
New direct-acting antivirals can cure chronic Hepatitis C Virus infection, but can health systems manage the costs?
This presentation for the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors explores the ways public health departments can use electronic health record (EHR) or health information (HIE) exchange data for Hepatitis C surveillance, prevention and management.
Researchers found that members of the Massachusetts Medicaid program, MassHealth, had low levels of medication adherence when prescribed progesterone to prevent pre-term birth. This finding is in line with previous studies that revealed progesterone adherence rates are typically low. The study suggests there may be barriers to adherence for pregnant women who are prescribed progesterone, and concludes that support may increase adherence rates.
President Donald Trump on Oct. 26 declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency. Many who can’t get treatment for addiction end up behind bars.A blog on The Huffington Post from Julie White of the Health and Criminal Justice Program discusses removing an antiquated Medicaid exclusion related to inpatient addiction treatment.
This toolkit for the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors provides a list of diagnosis, procedure, and prescription drug codes to help health departments develop claims data queries to monitor Hepatitis C testing, identify individuals diagnosed with the disease, and examine their services and treatment utilization.