Commonwealth Medicine is the health care consulting division of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Researchers at Commonwealth Medicine are studying public health topics such as intellectual and developmental disabilities, end-of-life and long-term care, quality measures, substance abuse, and survey techniques. This collection showcases journal articles and other publications and presentations written by Commonwealth Medicine's faculty and researchers.

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Publications from 2018

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Discordance of voluntary HIV testing with HIV sexual risk-taking and self-perceived HIV infection risk among social media-using black, Hispanic, and white young-men-who-have-sex-with-men (YMSM), Kelsey A. Alexovitz, Roland C. Merchant, Melissa A. Clark, Tao Liu, Joshua G. Rosenberger, Jose Bauermeister, and Kenneth H. Mayer

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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 and Kerrie Topi

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A Comparison of the Costs Associated with the Administration of Select High-cost Infused Medications in Three Sites of Care for a State Medicaid Population, Sage Bagwell, Pavel Lavitas, Thomas C. Pomfret, Bonnie C. Greenwood, Nicole M. Trask, Stephanie Tran, Nancy L. Schiff, Tasmina Hydery, Patricia Leto, Mylissa K. Price, Caroline J. Alper, Kimberly J. Lenz, and Paul L. Jeffrey

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Differences in Caregiving Outcomes and Experiences by Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, Ulrike Boehmer, Melissa A. Clark, Timothy C. Heeren, Elizabeth Ann. Showalter, and Lisa Fredman

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LTSS clinical guidelines help health plans navigate the challenges of increased demand, Jessica Carpenter

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Managed Long-Term Services and Supports Program Framework: Best Practices, Jessica Carpenter

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PASRR: A unique gateway to community services, Jessica Carpenter

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Utilization management programs are critical for effective MLTSS programs, Jessica Carpenter

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The Role of Clinical Guidelines in a Managed Long Term Services & Supports Framework, Jessica Carpenter and Jill Morrow-Gorton

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An Evaluation of a Multidisciplinary Pediatric Behavioral Health Medication Initiative Workgroup's Interventions on Medication Prescribing in a Population of Medicaid Patients, Ashley N. Chiara, Neha Kashalikar, Thomas C. Pomfret, Kimberly J. Lenz, Donna M. Faber, Joel Goldstein, Karen M. Clements, Michael Angelini, Patricia Leto, and Paul L. Jeffrey

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AVS Enhance™ Shows States the Whole Picture When it Comes to Real Estate Assets of Medicaid Applicants, Commonwealth Medicine

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MassHealth ACO Transformation Stakeholder Engagement, Commonwealth Medicine

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Women’s health must be a criminal justice concern, Robert DeLanders

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Justice involvement has a profound link to social determinants of health, Warren J. Ferguson

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Withholding methadone from inmates is wrong, Warren J. Ferguson

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SNE-PTN Attends CMS Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative National Expert Panel 2018, Jay Flanagan

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SNE-PTN initiative helps optometrists keep thousands of patients out of the Emergency Department, Jay Flanagan

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The Right Care, The Right Place, The Right Time: Emergency Department Avoidance Across the U.S., Jay Flanagan and Michael Steinkrauss

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Accounting for Geographic Variation in Social Security Disability Program Participation, John Gettens, Pei-Pei Lei, and Alexis D. Henry

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A view of the drug pricing blueprint, Bonnie C. Greenwood

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Bringing Data into Focus to Optimize Benefits and Savings for Medicare-Medicaid Members, Jenifer Hartman

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Objection! That’s a Leading Survey Question, Carla Hillerns

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Association between Practice Participation in a Pediatric-focused Medical Home Learning Collaborative and Reduction of Preventable Emergency Department Visits by Publicly-insured Children in Massachusetts, Paul Kirby, Anna Christensen, Louise Bannister, and Valerie Konar

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Effectiveness of Ledipasvir/Sofosbuvir and Predictors of Treatment Failure in Members with Hepatitis C Genotype 1 Infection: A Retrospective Cohort Study in a Medicaid Population, George Kouris, Tasmina Hydery, Bonnie C. Greenwood, Pavel Lavitas, Mylissa K. Price, Karen M. Clements, Caroline J. Alper, Kimberly J. Lenz, and Paul L. Jeffrey

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Skilled Nursing Facilities: Too many beds, Rebecca Laes-Kushner

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The Kentucky Medicaid Waiver Penalizes Enrollees for Emergency Room “Misuse”, Rebecca Laes-Kushner

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Making the Case for Sustainable Funding for Community Health Worker Services: Talking to Payers and Providers, Katharine London

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New payment methods and delivery system reforms can support sustainable funding for community health worker services, Katharine London

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Elliot Hospital Fact Sheet: Prepared for the New Hampshire Office of the Attorney General Charitable Trusts Unit, Katharine London and

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Policy Brief: Addressing Social Determinants of Health through Community Health Workers: A Call to Action, Katharine London, Grace Damio, Meredith Ferrazo, Rafael Perez-Escamalla, and Noelle Wiggins

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The Effectiveness of Internet- and Field-Based Methods to Recruit Young Adults Who Use Prescription Opioids Nonmedically, Brandon D. Marshall L, Traci C. Green, Beth Elston, Jesse L. Yedinak, Scott E. Hadland, and Melissa A. Clark

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Advancing the science and practice of health care for justice-involved individuals, Dyana Nickl

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Hiring workers with disabilities makes sense whether the job market is hot or cold, Kathleen A. Petkauskos

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Impact of a Pilot Outreach Program upon Provider Awareness and Prescribing of a Concerning Opioid Combination Regimen, Briana Santaniello, Thomas C. Pomfret, Mark A. Tesell, Nicole M. Trask, Caroline J. Alper, Karen M. Clements, Vincent Palumbo, Kimberly Lenz, and Paul L. Jeffrey

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A Medicaid compromise expanded coverage for Hoosiers, but important questions linger, Robert W. Seifert

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Single Payer: Navigating the Tricky Route From Here to There, Robert W. Seifert and Katharine London

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What to Know About ACOs: An Introduction to MassHealth Accountable Care Organizations, Robert W. Seifert and Kelly A. Love

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Case files key to comprehensive medical board reviews, Jody Simpson

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Process improvement ensures high-quality disability benefit evaluation, Jody Simpson

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Public Retirement System Medical Board Reviews: Elements of Success, Jody Simpson

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Impact of Lumacaftor/Ivacaftor on Pulmonary Exacerbation Rates in Members with Cystic Fibrosis in a Medicaid Population, Mark A. Tesell, Karen Stevens, Bonnie C. Greenwood, Caroline J. Alper, Kimberly J. Lenz, and Paul L. Jeffrey

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Integration of Information and Referral Services: MassOptions Case Study, Kerrie Topi and Jeff A. Auger

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A Budget Impact Model for Two Investigational Agents for the Treatment of Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis, Nicole M. Trask, Pavel Lavitas, and Vincent Palumbo

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The role of health care in criminal justice reform, Julie White

Publications from 2017

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Evaluation of the impact of a prescribing guideline on the use of intraoperative dexmedetomidine at a tertiary academic medical center, Abdullah M. Alhammad, Nour A. Baghdady, Rachel A. Mullin, and Bonnie C. Greenwood

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Common Health for the Commonwealth 9th Edition: Report on Preventable Conditions and Social Determinants of Health, Abby Animashaun, Robert W. Seifert, and Massachusetts Health Council

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Health Plan Member Outreach and Engagement: Best Practices, Jeff A. Auger

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Social Work's Role in Medicaid Reform: A Qualitative Study, Sara S. Bachman, Madeline Wachman, Leticia Manning, Alexander M. Cohen, Robert W. Seifert, David K. Jones, Therese Fitzgerald, Rachel Nuzum, and Patricia Riley

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Approaching Document Review in a Systematic Way, Linda M. Cabral

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Evaluating the Impact of Interventions by a Multidisciplinary Pediatric Behavioral Health Medication Initiative Workgroup on Medication Prescribing Trends in a Medicaid Population, Ashley N. Camilo, Neha Kashalikar, Thomas C. Pomfret, Donna M. Faber, Kimberly J. Lenz, Joel Goldstein, Karen M. Clements, Michael Angelini, Patricia Leto, and Paul L. Jeffrey

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Assuring Quality of Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Services, Sherry J. Campanelli and Laura Newhall

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Integrating Community Health Workers across the Healthcare Continuum, Susanne Campbell, Liz Fortin, and Marie Padilla

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Leveraging EHRs and HIEs for Hepatitis C Surveillance, Prevention and Management:, Michael Chin

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Integrating Measures of Social Determinants of Health Into Health Care Encounters: Opportunities and Challenges, Melissa A. Clark and Deborah Gurewich

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Testing U.S. State-Based Training Models to Meet Health Workforce Needs in Long-Term Care, Jennifer Craft Morgan, Nadine Edris, Clare C. Luz, Daniel P. Ochylski, Anita Stineman, Leanne Winchester, and Susan A. Chapman

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Data Sharing Agreements 101: What Hepatitis Programs Need to Know, Deborah Drexler

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Considerations for Data Sharing Between Health Departments and Health Systems Dataset Holders, Deborah L. Drexler and Abigail R. Averbach

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Making addiction treatment work for inmates, Warren J. Ferguson

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A ‘Sleeper’ lurking in the GOP’s health-care overhaul, Rachel Gershon

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Health Policy and the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Rachel Gershon

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The Senate health care bill will block more from buying insurance, Rachel Gershon

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Waivers represent a quieter way for Republicans to change health care, Rachel Gershon

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The MassHealth Waiver 2016–2022: Delivering Reform, Rachel Gershon, Michael Grenier, and Robert W. Seifert

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Increasing Your Star Power with a Successful MTM Program, Bonnie C. Greenwood

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Prescription contraception use and adherence by women with substance use disorders, Gillian J. Griffith, Tara Kumaraswami, Stavroula A. Chrysanthopoulou, Kristin M. Mattocks, and Robin E. Clark

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Integrating Third Party Liability (TPL) Across Medicaid Operations and Enterprise Systems in Massachusetts, Jenifer Hartman

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Massachusetts Medicaid members that smoked in 2008: Characteristics associated with smoking status in 2014, Alexis D. Henry, John Gettens, Judith A. Savageau, Doris Cullen, and Anna Landau

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Secrets for Effective Survey Invitations, Carla Hillerns and Pei-Pei Lei

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Evaluation of Progesterone Utilization and Birth Outcomes in a State Medicaid Plan, Tasmina Hydery, Mylissa K. Price, Bonnie C. Greenwood, Mito Takeshita, Parag S. Kunte, Rose P. Mauro, Kimberly J. Lenz, and Paul L. Jeffrey

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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, and Paul L. Jeffrey

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Effectiveness of Ledipasvir/Sofosbuvir and Predictors of Treatment Failure in Members with Hepatitis C Genotype 1: A Retrospective Cohort Study in a Medicaid Population, George Kouris, Tasmina Hydery, Bonnie C. Greenwood, Pavel Lavitas, Caroline J. Alper, Mylissa K. Price, Karen M. Clements, Kimberly J. Lenz, and Paul L. Jeffrey

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Starting at the End: Measuring Learning Using Retrospective Pre-Post Evaluations, Debi Lang and Judith A. Savageau

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Is R right for you? If yes…, Pei-Pei Lei

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Substance Use Disorder Privacy Law Limits Both Payers, Prescribers, Kimberly J. Lenz and Tyson Thompson

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NASTAD Health Systems Data Technical Resource: Toolkit for Querying Claim Databases for HCV Testing and Treatment, Wen-Chieh Lin, Amy Leary, Philip Bolduc, Abigail R. Averbach, Karen M. Clements, and Bonnie C. Greenwood

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Accountable Care Organizations and Alternative Payment Methods: Opportunities for Community Health Workers, Katharine London

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Community Health Workers: A Positive Return on Investment for Connecticut, Katharine London, Kelly Love, and Roosa Tikkanen

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Demonstrating Return on Investment for Community Health Worker Services: Translating Science into Practice, Katharine London, Kelly Love, and Roosa Tikkanen

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Sustainable Financing Models for Community Health Worker Services in Connecticut: Translating Science into Practice, Katharine London and Roosa Tikkanen

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State Medicaid Reimbursement for Medications for Chronic Hepatitis C Infection from 2012 through 2015, Christine Lu, Fang Zhang, Nicole Golonski, Caitlin Lupton, Paul L. Jeffrey, and Anita Wagner

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Potential Healthcare Insurance and Provider Barriers to Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis Utilization Among Young Men Who Have Sex with Men, Sarah J. Marks, Roland C. Merchant, Melissa A. Clark, Tao Liu, Joshua G. Rosenberger, Jose Bauermeister, and Kenneth H. Mayer

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Using Assessment Data to Perform Outcome-Based Quality Measurement, Marybeth McCaffrey

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Providing Pediatric Asthma Home Visits by Community Workers -- Lessons Learned, David McCarthy

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Comparison of Home-Based Oral Fluid Rapid HIV Self-Testing Versus Mail-in Blood Sample Collection or Medical/Community HIV Testing By Young Adult Black, Hispanic, and White MSM: Results from a Randomized Trial, Roland C. Merchant, Melissa A. Clark, Tao Liu, Justin Romanoff, Joshua G. Rosenberger, Jose Bauermeister, and Kenneth H. Mayer

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Variations in Recruitment Yield and Characteristics of Participants Recruited Across Diverse Internet Platforms in an HIV Testing Study of Young Adult Men-Who-Have-Sex-With-Men (YMSM), Roland C. Merchant, Justin Romanoff, Melissa A. Clark, Tao Liu, Joshua G. Rosenberger, Jose Bauermeister, and Kenneth H. Mayer

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State Differences in the Application of Medical Frailty Under the Affordable Care Act: 2017 Update, Peter Mosbach and Sherry J. Campanelli

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Health System Advance Care Planning Culture Change for High-Risk Patients: The Promise and Challenges of Engaging Providers, Patients, and Families in Systematic Advance Care Planning, Jennifer Reidy, Jennifer Halvorson, Suzana Makowski, Delila Katz, Barbara Weinstein, Christine McCluskey, Alex Doering, Kathryn DeCarli, and Jennifer Tjia

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Integrated behavioral health practice facilitation in patient centered medical homes: A promising application, Sarah S. Roderick, Nelly Burdette, Debra Hurwitz, and Pano Yeracaris

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Body mass index (BMI), postoperative appearance satisfaction, and sexual function in breast cancer survivorship, K. E. Rojas, N. Matthews, C. Raker, Melissa A. Clark, M. Onstad, A. Stuckey, and J. Gass

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The impact of mastectomy type on the Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI), satisfaction with appearance, and the reconstructed breast's role in intimacy, K. Rojas, M. Onstad, C. Raker, Melissa A. Clark, A. Stuckey, and J. Gass

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Data Analysis Basics – Part I, Judith A. Savageau

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Data Analysis Basics – Part II, Judith A. Savageau

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Counting and Computing with Microsoft Excel, Laura A. Sefton

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Creating Solid Interview Guides, Laura A. Sefton and Linda M. Cabral

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CHIP Reauthorization Update: Congressional Inaction Puts States in Limbo, Robert W. Seifert

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MassHealth: The Basics - Facts and Trends, Robert W. Seifert

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The importance of CHIP re-authorization for Massachusetts, Robert W. Seifert

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Impact of Reducing Eligibility for HUSKY Parents from 155% of FPL to 138% of FPL, Robert W. Seifert and Rachel Gershon

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The Effect of a Federal Controlled Substance Act Schedule Change on Hydrocodone Combination Products Claims in a Medicaid Population, Stephanie Tran, Pavel Lavitas, Karen Stevens, Bonnie C. Greenwood, Karen M. Clements, Caroline J. Alper, Kimberly J. Lenz, Mylissa K. Price, Tasmina Hydery, Jennifer L. Arnold, Mito Takeshita, Rachel Bacon, Justin P. Peristere, and Paul L. Jeffrey

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Pipeline Trends - December 2017, Nicole M. Trask and Sage Bagwell