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Substance Use Disorder Treatment Confidentiality Boot Camp, Lucy C. Hodder, Stephanie Cameron, Marcy Doyle, Christina Muñiz, Jeanne Ryer Sep 2017

Substance Use Disorder Treatment Confidentiality Boot Camp, Lucy C. Hodder, Stephanie Cameron, Marcy Doyle, Christina Muñiz, Jeanne Ryer

Law Faculty Scholarship

[Excerpt]: "INTRODUCTION: The Health Law and Policy Programs at UNH School of Law, Institute for Health Policy and Practice, and the NH Citizens Health Initiative have contracted with several of the New Hampshire Building Capacity for Transformation Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) Integrated Delivery Networks (IDN) to provide technical assistance to the IDNs as they develop confidentiality tools related to substance use disorder services projects.

A UNH Team assisted the IDNs by providing an educational summary of federal and state confidentiality requirements, focusing on 42 CFR Part 2, and hosting IDN interdisciplinary teams in three Substance Use Disorder (SUD ...


The Pediatric Behavioral Health Medication Initiative, Neha Kashalikar Sep 2016

The Pediatric Behavioral Health Medication Initiative, Neha Kashalikar

Commonwealth Medicine Publications

How the Massachusetts Medicaid Pharmacy Program, which is managed by UMass Medical School, developed the Pediatric Behavioral Health Medication Initiative. The initiative was created in response to studies and reports that found pediatric behavioral health medication polypharmacy regimes had been increasing. Compared to the rest of the country, the prevalence was highest among the MassHealth pediatric population.

A prior authorization requirement, guidelines, case review and a prescriber outreach process were established as part of the initiative to ensure MassHealth pediatric members were being prescribed appropriate behavioral health medication.


Implementing Behavioral Health Integration In Primary Care, Joshua P. Twomey, Judith Steinberg, Joan D. Johnston, Amy Leary, Amy Norrman-Harmon, Jean Carlevale Jun 2016

Implementing Behavioral Health Integration In Primary Care, Joshua P. Twomey, Judith Steinberg, Joan D. Johnston, Amy Leary, Amy Norrman-Harmon, Jean Carlevale

Commonwealth Medicine Publications

A detailed review of the teaching assistance (TA) and shared learning (SL) in the area of behavioral health integration UMass Medical School provided to participants of the Primary Care Payment Reform program, an alternative payment pilot developed by the Massachusetts Medicaid program, MassHealth. PCPR was designed to improve access, patient experience, quality and efficiency. As a result of TA and SL, practices reported higher rates on behavioral health quality measures and milestones.


Policy Opportunities For Promoting Employment For People With Psychiatric Disabilities, Alexis D. Henry, Jennie Fishman, Alison Barkoff, Jennifer Mathis, Bethany J. Lilly May 2016

Policy Opportunities For Promoting Employment For People With Psychiatric Disabilities, Alexis D. Henry, Jennie Fishman, Alison Barkoff, Jennifer Mathis, Bethany J. Lilly

Commonwealth Medicine Publications

Outlines policy opportunities that can be leveraged to expand opportunities for people with psychiatric disabilities to successfully obtain and maintain employment, including increased access to career development, supported employment, and critical health services.

The authors’ recommendations include:

  • Develop guidance and incentives for Medicaid coverage of supported employment.
  • Maximize opportunities for access to healthcare made possible by the Affordable Care Act.
  • Continue service innovations focused on educational and career development.
  • Include people with psychiatric disabilities in federal and state employment initiatives.

The authors say there is compelling evidence that people with psychiatric disabilities want to work, but statistics show their employment ...


Whole-Person Care: Implementing Behavioral Health Integration In The Patient-Centered Medical Home, Joshua P. Twomey, Joan Johnston, Judith L. Steinberg, Anita Morris Mar 2016

Whole-Person Care: Implementing Behavioral Health Integration In The Patient-Centered Medical Home, Joshua P. Twomey, Joan Johnston, Judith L. Steinberg, Anita Morris

Commonwealth Medicine Publications

Primary Care Payment Reform (PCPR) is an alternative payment pilot program of MassHealth, with learning collaborative support from UMass Medical School, that introduces the principles of accountable care, behavioral health integration and patient-centered medical homes in primary care practices. The pilot demonstrated that behavioral health integration is a necessary component of whole-person care and a complex, but highly accomplishable task; numerous transformation strategies can support the clinical, financial and cultural challenges to integration; and alternative payment models are essential to support sustainable, expandable and successful behavioral health services in primary care.


Risk And Benefit Of The Concomitant Use Of Benzodiazepines And Opiates, Michael Angelini Feb 2015

Risk And Benefit Of The Concomitant Use Of Benzodiazepines And Opiates, Michael Angelini

Commonwealth Medicine Publications

This presentation describes the possible benefits and risks associated with the concomitant use of opiate and benzodiazepine medications.

Presented at the American Drug Utilization Review Society 2015 Conference.


Advancing Behavioral Health Integration Within Ncqa Recognized Patient-Centered Medical Homes, Judith Steinberg Sep 2014

Advancing Behavioral Health Integration Within Ncqa Recognized Patient-Centered Medical Homes, Judith Steinberg

Commonwealth Medicine Publications

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.


Limiting The Duration Of Medication Assisted Treatment For Opioid Addiction: Will New State Policies Help Or Hurt?, Robin E. Clark, Jeffrey D. Baxter, Bruce A. Barton, Gideon Aweh, Elizabeth O'Connell, William H. Fisher Jun 2014

Limiting The Duration Of Medication Assisted Treatment For Opioid Addiction: Will New State Policies Help Or Hurt?, Robin E. Clark, Jeffrey D. Baxter, Bruce A. Barton, Gideon Aweh, Elizabeth O'Connell, William H. Fisher

Commonwealth Medicine Publications

This presentation details the impact of state Medicaid programs placing lifetime limits on buprenorphine therapy for individuals with opioid dependence. The research reveals that setting limits does not save money or help the patient.