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Massoptions Transforms The Way Elderly And People With Disabilities Get Much Needed Long-Term Services And Supports In Massachusetts, Jeff A. Auger, Kerrie Topi Jun 2018

Massoptions Transforms The Way Elderly And People With Disabilities Get Much Needed Long-Term Services And Supports In Massachusetts, Jeff A. Auger, Kerrie Topi

Commonwealth Medicine Publications

Some of the Commonwealth’s most underserved populations—the elderly, people with disabilities, and their caregivers— now have simplified access to the long-term services and supports (LTSS) they need, thanks to MassOptions, an innovative collaboration between UHealthSolutions, the nonprofit business affiliate of UMass Medical School, and the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs.


School Based Pediatric Asthma Surveillance In Massachusetts, Frances Medaglia, Vannalyn Abille Mar 2017

School Based Pediatric Asthma Surveillance In Massachusetts, Frances Medaglia, Vannalyn Abille

Community Engagement and Research Symposia

Asthma remains one of the most common chronic diseases among children in the United States today. Surveillance is limited to national and state estimates which can vary over time and by population (CDC/NCHS, National Health Interview Survey, 2012). It is estimated that anywhere from 14% to 50% of children with asthma remain undiagnosed. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health's Bureau of Environmental Health (MDPH/BEH) has been conducting a successful and comprehensive statewide school-based asthma surveillance program since 2002. Partnering with school nurses throughout the state, we request aggregate information via a one-page survey. The survey is distributed ...


Evaluation Of Progesterone Agent Utilization And Birth Outcomes In A State Medicaid Plan, Tasmina Hydery, Mylissa K. Price, Bonnie C. Greenwood, Mito Takeshita, Rose Mauro, Parag Kunte, Kimberly J. Lenz, Paul L. Jeffrey Feb 2017

Evaluation Of Progesterone Agent Utilization And Birth Outcomes In A State Medicaid Plan, Tasmina Hydery, Mylissa K. Price, Bonnie C. Greenwood, Mito Takeshita, Rose Mauro, Parag Kunte, Kimberly J. Lenz, Paul L. Jeffrey

Commonwealth Medicine Publications

An analysis of medication adherence and birth outcomes among members receiving progesterone for the prevention of preterm birth in a state Medicaid program. Data is also used to evaluate the association between member characteristics and medication adherence and birth outcomes as well as whether there was a change in the cost of care.


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.


Stories From The Frontline: Patient-Centered Medical Home Care Transitions, Anita Morris, Joan Johnston, Sai Cherala, Ruth Aboagye, Pam Senesac, Judith L. Steinberg, Jaime Vallejos Mar 2016

Stories From The Frontline: Patient-Centered Medical Home Care Transitions, Anita Morris, Joan Johnston, Sai Cherala, Ruth Aboagye, Pam Senesac, Judith L. Steinberg, Jaime Vallejos

Commonwealth Medicine Publications

The Massachusetts Patient-Centered Medical Home Initiative (MA PCMHI) was a three-year multi-payer demonstration designed to promote clinical model transformation in practices across the state and prepare the practices for PCMHI recognition. It was a partnership between MassHealth, the Massachusetts Medicaid program, and UMass Medical School. An analysis of the project at 46 participating practices finds that primary care practice transformation takes time; care transitions, including emergency room and post-discharge follow-up care, require the development of new clinical workflows; and the processes of care are more likely to improve before outcomes are affected. These lessons learned can aid provider organizations nationwide ...


Implementing Integrated Clinical Care Management In The Patient-Centered Medical Home, Jeanne Z. Cohen, Christine Johnson, Judith Steinberg, Sai Cherala Mar 2014

Implementing Integrated Clinical Care Management In The Patient-Centered Medical Home, Jeanne Z. Cohen, Christine Johnson, Judith Steinberg, Sai Cherala

Commonwealth Medicine Publications

Clinical Care Management (CCM) of the highest risk, most complex and costly patients is a key element of the Massachusetts Patient-Centered Medical Home Initiative (MA PCMHI), and is a new service for most primary care practices. There is much confusion about the role of the Care Manager (CM), and a lack of awareness of key foundational elements critical to successful implementation of CCM. This poster describes the shared approach to implementation of CCM in the MA PCMHI, use of care management and care coordination clinical quality measures to monitor implementation progress, and shared lessons learned in the implementation process.


Healthy Aging In Massachusetts: Reporting Indicators, Identifying Resources & Activating Allies, Elizabeth Dugan, Frank Porell, Nina Silverstein, Ruth Palombo, Chae Lee, Kristina Turk Feb 2014

Healthy Aging In Massachusetts: Reporting Indicators, Identifying Resources & Activating Allies, Elizabeth Dugan, Frank Porell, Nina Silverstein, Ruth Palombo, Chae Lee, Kristina Turk

Nina Silverstein

In Massachusetts, a Healthy Aging Collaborative comprised of a diverse group of stakeholders has been formed for multiple purposes: information sharing around healthy aging, idea generation, partnership building and activity mapping.


Healthy Aging In Massachusetts: Reporting Indicators, Identifying Resources & Activating Allies, Elizabeth Dugan, Frank Porell, Nina Silverstein, Ruth Palombo, Chae Man Lee, Kristina Turk Feb 2014

Healthy Aging In Massachusetts: Reporting Indicators, Identifying Resources & Activating Allies, Elizabeth Dugan, Frank Porell, Nina Silverstein, Ruth Palombo, Chae Man Lee, Kristina Turk

Frank Porell

In Massachusetts, a Healthy Aging Collaborative comprised of a diverse group of stakeholders has been formed for multiple purposes: information sharing around healthy aging, idea generation, partnership building and activity mapping.


Planning For The Growing Older Population: Conducting Community Needs Assessments, Caitlin Coyle, Hayley Gravette, Jan Mutchler Feb 2014

Planning For The Growing Older Population: Conducting Community Needs Assessments, Caitlin Coyle, Hayley Gravette, Jan Mutchler

Jan Mutchler

Goals and Objectives: To describe the aging population of each community; To investigate the needs, interests and opinions of mature residents relating to their aging needs for age-related services in their respective communities; To provide recommendations to community partners and their stakeholders about how to create strong communities for older adults, based on needs assessment results; Generate reports and other documents to be used by the Department of Elder Services, other town offices, organizations that provide services, advocates, and community members.


Healthy Aging In Massachusetts: Reporting Indicators, Identifying Resources & Activating Allies, Elizabeth Dugan, Frank Porell, Nina Silverstein, Ruth Palombo, Chae Man Lee, Kristina Turk Feb 2014

Healthy Aging In Massachusetts: Reporting Indicators, Identifying Resources & Activating Allies, Elizabeth Dugan, Frank Porell, Nina Silverstein, Ruth Palombo, Chae Man Lee, Kristina Turk

Elizabeth Dugan

In Massachusetts, a Healthy Aging Collaborative comprised of a diverse group of stakeholders has been formed for multiple purposes: information sharing around healthy aging, idea generation, partnership building and activity mapping.


Implementing Integrated, Interdisciplinary Clinical Care Management In The Patient-Centered Medical Home, Jeanne Z. Cohen, Christine Johnson, Judith Steinberg, Sai Cherala Nov 2013

Implementing Integrated, Interdisciplinary Clinical Care Management In The Patient-Centered Medical Home, Jeanne Z. Cohen, Christine Johnson, Judith Steinberg, Sai Cherala

Commonwealth Medicine Publications

Clinical care management (CCM) of the highest risk, most complex, and costly patients is an integral component of the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) but a new service for many primary care practices. The Massachusetts Patient-Centered Medical Home Initiative (MA PCMHI) is a 3-year, multi-payer demonstration with 45 participating practices. Support for CCM implementation is provided through learning collaboratives and practice facilitation. Techniques for shared learning include developing a CCM interdisciplinary team workflow utilizing process mapping and modeling care plan development. MA PCMHI practices have found these techniques valuable for clarifying what a care plan is and visualizing existing workflows, so ...


Planning For The Growing Older Population: Conducting Community Needs Assessments, Caitlin Coyle, Hayley Gravette, Jan Mutchler, Gerontology Institute, University Of Massachusetts Boston Apr 2013

Planning For The Growing Older Population: Conducting Community Needs Assessments, Caitlin Coyle, Hayley Gravette, Jan Mutchler, Gerontology Institute, University Of Massachusetts Boston

Office of Community Partnerships Posters

Goals and Objectives: To describe the aging population of each community; To investigate the needs, interests and opinions of mature residents relating to their aging needs for age-related services in their respective communities; To provide recommendations to community partners and their stakeholders about how to create strong communities for older adults, based on needs assessment results; Generate reports and other documents to be used by the Department of Elder Services, other town offices, organizations that provide services, advocates, and community members.


Healthy Aging In Massachusetts: Reporting Indicators, Identifying Resources & Activating Allies, Elizabeth Dugan, Frank Porell, Nina Silverstein, Ruth Palombo, Chae Man Lee, Kristina Turk Apr 2013

Healthy Aging In Massachusetts: Reporting Indicators, Identifying Resources & Activating Allies, Elizabeth Dugan, Frank Porell, Nina Silverstein, Ruth Palombo, Chae Man Lee, Kristina Turk

Office of Community Partnerships Posters

In Massachusetts, a Healthy Aging Collaborative comprised of a diverse group of stakeholders has been formed for multiple purposes: information sharing around healthy aging, idea generation, partnership building and activity mapping.