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Technical Report
October 30, 2015

This brief outlines how Medicaid Section 1115 and ACA Section 1332 waivers work and what states should consider when designing these waivers.

October 14, 2015

Using motivational interviewing techniques when conversing with patients, particularly when discussing mediation adherence, can improve communication and therapeutic outcomes.

Journal Article
October 13, 2015

This study documents the prevalence of lifetime and past-year sexual violence against men with disabilities in the U.S., compares these estimates with those of men without disabilities and women with and without disabilities, and examines the gender and relationship of the perpetrator of sexual violence against men with disabilities relative to perpetrator characteristics identified in incidents against other adults.

October 08, 2015

This presentation outlines enrollment of the Massachusetts Medicaid program, MassHealth, as of March 2015 and spending from fiscal year 2014.

Journal Article
October 01, 2015

UMass Medical School researchers have created a framework to better examine the health of women with physical disabilities around the time of their pregnancy. That framework has been described in a paper published in the Disability and Health Journal.

Technical Report
September 04, 2015

This report provides results from the customer satisfaction and experience evaluation for the state of Vermont’s health insurance marketplace. Findings include customer experience on the Vermont Health Connect (VHC) website, experience with the customer support center, selecting a health insurance plan, enrollment in dental plans, health insurance literacy, and overall perceptions of VHC.

Journal Article
September 01, 2015

Researchers have found high rates of complications including fetal death, preeclampsia and preterm birth among pregnant women with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Researchers analyzed discharge data from 1,051 hospitals in 45 states in 2010 and found 1,706 women classified by hospital codes as having intellectual and developmental disabilities.

August 19, 2015

This poster presentation shows how UMass Medical School works with state Medicaid programs to customize and implement business methodologies to maximize benefits for individuals and savings for states. The medical school’s collaboration with state and federal agencies has resulted in two national corrections of federal benefits systems in the past five years that led to increased benefits for individuals and increased Medicaid savings and revenue in all states.

Technical Report
July 30, 2015

July 30, 2015 marked the 50th anniversary of Medicaid, and to commemorate that milestone the Massachusetts Medicaid Policy Institute (MMPI) released a timeline of important events co-created by health policy experts at UMass Medical School. MMPI is a program of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation

White Paper
July 28, 2015

Community health workers (CHW) can improve health outcomes, reduce health disparities and contain costs, according to a brief authored by health policy experts at UMass Medical School and released by the Connecticut Health Foundation (CT Health).

Journal Article
July 13, 2015

Researchers found that children with autism have high food selectivity and more mealtime behavior problems, and their parents experience higher levels of stress during mealtimes. Interventions to reduce food selectivity may lead to decreases in mealtime behavior problems.

Case Study
June 16, 2015

The  Emergency Department Safety Assessment & Follow-up Evaluation (ED-SAFE) examines the feasibility and potential impact of screening emergency department patients for suicide risk as well as the effect of an emergency department-initiated intervention to reduce suicidal behavior and associated problems.

June 14, 2015

This poster explains a study that examines how states undergoing Medicaid expansion differ in their treatment of the “medically frail” population. The medically frail are individuals who may need the extra benefits offered by traditional Medicaid.

June 13, 2015

A presentation about insurance coverage for health care services and supports for people with disabilities who work. “Wrap-around” coverage (or other policy) options may be a viable solution and support employment among people with disabilities.

Technical Report
June 01, 2015

The Vermont Agency on Administration contracted with UMass Medical School to conduct a survey of Vermont employers regarding the health benefits they provide to employees. Thee survey findings point to considerable variation in health insurance benefits offered, enrollment, and cost.

White Paper
May 01, 2015

The LTSS Policy Lab, a collaboration among the University of Massachusetts Medical School, the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, the Executive Office of Elder Affairs, and the Office of Medicaid, is a resource to aid in program planning and fiscal forecasting, not just for the immediate budget cycle but also for the next five to 10 years and beyond.

Technical Report
April 30, 2015

This report analyze several factors that help explain why health care affordability continues to be a challenge in Massachusetts, even after achieving near universal health insurance coverage. Beginning with an analysis of data largely collected through the Massachusetts Health Reform Survey, the report provides an overview of the factors influencing health care affordability and summarizes the financial and access to care consequences for consumers struggling with health care costs.

April 24, 2015

UMass Medical School researchers outline solutions to New Hampshire's rising health care spending based on a report, Health Care Payment Reform: Options and Recommendations, they co-authored with Compass Health Analytics of Portland, Maine. The public forum was hosted by the New Hampshire Insurance Department.

Technical Report
April 20, 2015

This report evaluates a variety of strategies, from short-term actions to comprehensive reforms, and issues recommendations New Hampshire can choose from to contain health care costs while maintaining access and quality.

Technical Report
April 07, 2015

This report examines the serious implications for Massachusetts if federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program is not extended.

White Paper
March 31, 2015

Growing a successful and sustainable partnership between a public university and a state’s Medicaid-financed health and human service agency is an enviable goal. This issue brief describes the challenges public universities and state Medicaid agencies face in creating partnerships, and discusses methods and recommendations to make it happen.