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October 31, 2017

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.

Technical Report
October 30, 2017

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.

October 26, 2017

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.

Technical Report
October 25, 2017

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.

October 24, 2017

This presentation for the National Alliance of State & Territorial AIDS Directors walks through the steps Hepatitis programs must follow before accessing and using health care data.

Technical Report
October 23, 2017

This technical report

for the National Alliance of State & Territorial AIDS Directors

reviews what health departments and health systems should consider before sharing data in and outside of their own organizations. 

Journal Article
October 12, 2017

This article shares the results of a telephonic survey of the MassHealth smoking population before and after tobacco cessation treatment began being covered under insurance. The surveys found a significant decrease in the smoking rate.

Technical Report
October 05, 2017

An overview of the consequences states, particlarly Massachusetts, would face if Congress fails to extend funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) released by the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation in partnership with the Health Law & Policy team at UMass Medical School.

Technical Report
September 21, 2017

A chart pack produced by the Massachusetts Medicaid Policy Institute (MMPI), a program of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation, in partnership with the Health Law & Policy team at UMass Medical School. This chart pack details enrollment in MassHealth, the state Medicaid program, as of May 2017 and spending data from state fiscal year 2016.

White Paper
September 18, 2017

The National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD) has identified the MassOptions free online and helpline service as a “promising practice” in a set of Technology in Practice profiles. MassOptions was launched in 2015 by UMass Medical School, UHealthSolutions and the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs.

August 23, 2017

This poster highlights the results of a UMass Medical School partnership with MassHealth, the Massachusetts Medicaid program, to integrate third party liability activities across all aspects of the Medicaid program.

August 08, 2017

This presentation describes a process states may follow to evaluate the feasibility of using its assessment data — through the Minimum Data Set Home Care tool — to measure quality outcomes for older adults and people with disabilities who live in the community.

July 17, 2017

Amid a nationwide opioid addiction crisis, providers and payers must look well beyond simply containing costs and work closely with doctors who are prescribing these powerful pain medications.

Technical Report
July 14, 2017

Direct care workforce shortages, increasing health care costs, and limited access to services force many families to make life-changing decisions to care for family members with long term disabilities, or who are chronically ill at home. This technical report features an analysis of current Massachusetts state policies and programs for respite services.

July 06, 2017

This poster details the effects of Medicaid coverage expansion since the Affordable Care Act began the inclusion of childless adults below the poverty level.

June 29, 2017

Republican-led health reform has arisen once again and could very well pass after July 4. In STAT, our health policy analyst Rachel Gershon describes why the Senate health care bill would make the individual health insurance market

less equitable and affordable, causing approximately 22 million people to lose coverage.

June 26, 2017

One little-discussed aspect of a new GOP health-care bill would significantly change the way state Medicaid programs are funded and could erode coverage nationwide. 

Health policy analyst Rachel Gershon discusses Medicaid per capita caps in Governing.

Technical Report
June 22, 2017

The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provides critical federal funding to the Massachusetts Medicaid program. On September 30, 2017 CHIP will expire without re-authorization from Congress. This would not only impact children's healthcare in Massachusetts, but have effects on broader health policy as well.

Technical Report
June 19, 2017

Researchers at UMass Medical School developed four community health worker models aligned with priorities of Connecticut’s State Innovation Model, a federally funded grant initiative to transform state health care systems. The models target high-need, high-cost patients – the populations for which CHW interventions are most likely to improve health outcomes and generate cost savings.

White Paper
June 02, 2017

Health plans are ramping up efforts to connect with their members, with the growth of member outreach and engagement filling a significant gap in today’s health care system. Read this issue brief to learn best practices that boost outreach and improve outcomes.

Journal Article
June 01, 2017

The US Bureau of of Labor Statistics projects a 26 percent increase in demand for in home care aides by 2024 - and with rising demand comes new need for proper medical education. This study presents case studies of six state-based training models for new home care aides and discusses the recruitment process, curriculum design and delivery methods of all six methods.