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 2015

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Proceedings of the AMCP Partnership Forum: Breaking the Link Between Pain Management and Opioid Use Disorder, AMCP Partnership Forum and Paul L. Jeffrey

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Risk and Benefit of the Concomitant Use of Benzodiazepines and Opiates, Michael Angelini

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American Psychiatry Should Join the Call to Abolish Solitary Confinement, Kenneth L. Appelbaum

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Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) Policy Lab: Using Data to Drive Public Policy and Funding Decisions, Abigail R. Averbach, Frederick (Rick) Perro, and Jocelyn F. Gordon

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Identifying Effectiveness and Areas for Improvement in an Innovative Program Serving Medically Complex Individuals with Disabilities, Bittie Behl-Chadha, Kerri Ikenberry, , Theresa McGauley-Keaney, and Carla Hillerns

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To Transcribe or not to Transcribe….that is the Question, Linda M. Cabral

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Evaluation in Times of Change or Crisis, Sherry Campanelli and Laura Newhall

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Behavioral Health Screening in Primary Care Practices, Sai Cherala, Alexander Blount, Judith L. Steinberg, and Joan Johnston

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Massachusetts Hospital Profiles: Data Through Fiscal Year 2013, Michael Chin

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Vermont Health Connect Customer Satisfaction and Experience Evaluation, Michael Chin, Bittie Behl-Chadha, and Jack Gettens

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Massachusetts Expert Panel on End of Life Report: Looking Forward: 2014 and Beyond, Linda J. Cragin

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Implementation of a Pediatric Behavioral Health Medication Safety Initiative in a State Medicaid Program, Donna M. Faber, Michael Angelini, Payal N. Kotadiya, Kimberly J. Lenz, Amy L. Levy, and Paul L. Jeffrey

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Massachusetts Medicaid 50th Anniversary Timeline, Len Fishman, Molly Evans, Yi Jung Kim, Krystal Kittle, Robert W. Seifert, and Jean C. Sullivan

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Building and Sustaining University-Medicaid Partnerships When State Governments Change, Jerry Friedman and Marc A. Thibodeau

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The Healthy People 2020 Roadmap for Massachusetts Children & Youth with ASD/DD: Understanding Needs and Measuring Outcomes, Elaine Gabovitch, Courtney Dutra, and Emily Lauer

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Emerging Infectious Diseases, Donna M. Gallagher

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How Proposed HUSKY Cuts Will Harm Low-Income Families, Rachel Gershon, Katharine London, and Robert W. Seifert

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Quantifying Wraparound Health Insurance Needs among Employed People with Disabilities, Jack Gettens, Denise Hoffmann, and Alexis D. Henry

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Rising Health Care Costs in Massachusetts: What It Means for Consumers, Carol Gyurina, Jennifer Rosinski, and Robert W. Seifert

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Massachusetts Eligibility Data Platforms: Integrating State and Federal Data Sets to Maximize Benefits and Savings, Jenifer Hartman and Yuping Su

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Health Care Payment Reform: Options and Recommendations, James P. Highland, Julia Feldman, Katharine London, Carol Gyurina, and Rachel Gershon

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A Quest to Eliminate Double-Barreled Survey Questions, Carla Hillerns and Pei-Pei Lei

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Smart Survey Design: Randomization of Response Options, Carla Hillerns and Pei-Pei Lei

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How Can Care Management Improve Patient Outcomes? Focus on Risk Stratification, Joan Johnston, Judith L. Steinberg, and Sai Cherala

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Motivational Interviewing from Theory to Practice: Engaging the Patient Throughout the MTM Encounter, Payal N. Kotadiya

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One State's Perspective on the Management of Hepatitis C Drugs, Pavel Lavitas

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Frequent Emergency Department Visits and Hospitalizations Among Homeless People With Medicaid: Implications for Medicaid Expansion, Wen-Chieh Lin, Monica Bharel, Jianying Zhang, Elizabeth O'Connell, and Robin E. Clark

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How Waivers Work: ACA Section 1332 and Medicaid Section 1115, Katharine London, Rachel Gershon, and Robert W. Seifert

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2015 Vermont Health Benefits Survey, Katharine London, Tamara Ohler, Abby Animashaun, Bittie Behl-Chadha, Carla Hillerns, Susan Fish, and Pei-Pei Lei

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Tomorrow’s Health Care System Needs Community Health Workers: A Policy Agenda, Katharine London, , and Kate Russell

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Dialogue Education, Parts 1 & 2, Theresa McGauley-Keaney

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Prevalence and risk factors for postpartum depression symptoms among women with disabilities, Monika Mitra, Lisa I. Iezzoni, Jianying Zhang, Linda M. Long-Bellil, Suzanne C. Smeltzer, and Bruce A. Barton

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A perinatal health framework for women with physical disabilities, Monika Mitra, Linda M. Long-Bellil, Suzanne C. Smeltzer, and Lisa I. Iezzoni

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Pregnancy outcomes among women with intellectual and developmental disabilities, Monika Mitra, Susan L. Parish, Karen M. Clements, Xiaohui Cui, and Hafsatou Diop

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State Differences in the Application of Medical Frailty under the Affordable Care Act, Peter Mosbach, Sherry Campanelli, and A. E. Adams

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Pregnancy Outcomes Among U.S. Women With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Susan L. Parish, Monika Mitra, Esther Son, Alexandra Bonardi, Paul T. Swoboda, and Leah Igdalsky

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The academic and health policy conference on correctional health: evaluation of its academic and scientific impact, Judith A. Savageau, Warren J. Ferguson, and Laura A. Sefton

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Identifying the Best Place to Publish Your Evaluation Findings, Judith A. Savageau and Len L. Levin

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Today’s Librarian and Building an Evaluation Team, Judith A. Savageau and Len L. Levin

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Churn: What It Is, and What We Are Doing About It, Robert W. Seifert

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MassHealth and the Importance of Continued Federal Funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, Robert W. Seifert

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Using Waivers to Improve Health Care Affordability and Access in Connecticut, Robert W. Seifert, Rachel Gershon, and Katharine London

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The MassHealth Waiver Extension for State Fiscal Years 2015–2019: Foundation for Coverage, Engine for Innovation, Robert W. Seifert, Michael G. Grenier, and Jean C. Sullivan

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MassHealth: The Basics Webinar, Robert W. Seifert and Kate Russell

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Improving Performance: Facts, Flowcharts, Fishbones, Five Whys, and the Failure, Pam Senesac, Anita Morris, Sai Cherala, Joan Johnston, and Ruth Aboagye

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Behind bars: the compelling case for academic health centers partnering with correctional facilities, Robert L. Trestman, Warren J. Ferguson, and Jeff Dickert

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An Evaluator’s Journey Toward Bayes: Part I, Joshua P. Twomey

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An Evaluator’s Journey Toward Bayes: Part II, Joshua P. Twomey

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Emergency preparedness of families of children with developmental disabilities: what public health and safety emergency planners need to know, Susan Wolf-Fordham, Carol Curtin, Melissa C. T. Maslin, Linda G. Bandini, and Charles D. Hamad

Publications from 2014

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Linda Cabral and Jillian Richard-Daniels on Using Qualitative Data Collection to Better Understand Measure Development and Reporting, Linda M. Cabral and Jillian Richard-Daniels

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Clarifying the role of the mental health peer specialist in Massachusetts, USA: insights from peer specialists, supervisors and clients, Linda M. Cabral, Heather Strother, Kathy Muhr, Laura A. Sefton, and Judith A. Savageau

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Sherry Campanelli and Laura Newhall on Facilitation Not Dictation: How a QI Team Succeeds, Sherry Campanelli and Laura Newhall

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Sherry Campanelli and Laura Newhall on The Best Laid Plans: Navigating the Potholes and Pitfalls of Group Facilitation, Sherry Campanelli and Laura Newhall

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Understanding and Analyzing the New Federal Reporting Requirements: Performance Indicators of State Medicaid & CHIP Programs, Michael Chin

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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, and William H. Fisher

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The impact of prior authorization on buprenorphine dose, relapse rates, and cost for Massachusetts Medicaid beneficiaries with opioid dependence, Robin E. Clark, Jeffrey D. Baxter, Bruce A. Barton, Gideon Aweh, Elizabeth O'Connell, and William H. Fisher

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

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Implementation of an opioid management initiative by a state Medicaid program, Maria M. Garcia, Michael C. Angelini, Tara Thomas, Kimberly J. Lenz, and Paul L. Jeffrey

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Addressing Health Disparities in LEP Communities through Language Access, Rachel Gershon, Lisa Morris, Medha Makhlouf, and Shena Elrington

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Carla Hillerns and Pei-Pei Lei on You had me at Hello: Effective Email Subject Lines for Survey Invitations, Carla Hillerns and Pei-Pei Lei

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In a neighborhood near you: how community health workers help people obtain health insurance and primary care, Debi Lang, Linda J. Cragin, Deborah Raymond, and Sue Kane

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Debi Lang and Sharon Grundel on Youth Program Ingredients: How to Measure Success and Tell the Story, Debi Lang and Sharon Grundel

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Emily Lauer and Courtney Dutra on Person-Centered Evaluation: Aging and Disability Services, Emily Lauer and Courtney Dutra

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Overview of a Hepatitis C Medication Monitoring Program in a State Medicaid Program, Pavel Lavitas, Kimberly J. Lenz, Tasmina Hydery, Mark Tesell, J. Gagnon, and Paul L. Jeffrey

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Pei-Pei Lei on Using InfoPath as a Project Management/Data Collection Tool, Pei-Pei Lei

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New Payment Models for Asthma, Katharine London

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Vermont Price Variation Analysis, Katharine London and Michael G. Grenier

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Vermont Price Variation Analysis, Katharine London, Michael G. Grenier, Carol Gyurina Gyurina, Rebecca Kushner, and Tami Ohler

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Coverage and Access Remain Strong, but Costs are Still a Concern: Summary of the 2012 Massachusetts Health Reform Survey, Sharon K. Long, Kate Nordahl, and Robert W. Seifert

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Intimate partner violence in the relationships of men with disabilities in the United States: relative prevalence and health correlates, Monika Mitra and Vera E. Mouradian

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Monika Mitra and Lauren Smith on Conducting a Health Needs Assessment of People with Disabilities, Monika Mitra and Lauren Smith

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Health Needs Assessment of People with Disabilities in Massachusetts, 2013, Mitra Monika, Christine J. Clifford, Lauren Smith, Bridget Landers, Rachel Tanenhaus, and Georgia Simpson

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A National Profile of Deliveries by Women with Intellectual Disabilities in the US: Maternal Characteristics and Pregnancy Outcomes, Susan L. Parish, Kathleen Thomas, Mitra Monika, Esther Son, Alexandra Bonardi, and Paul T. Swoboda

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The Diversity of Disability, Kathy Petkauskos and Sean Driscoll

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Judy Savageau and Kathy Muhr on Working with Different Data Sources, Judith A. Savageau and Kathy Muhr

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Literature Search Strategy Week: Judy Savageau and Laura Sefton on Library Resources and the Important Role They Play in Evaluation Work, Judith A. Savageau and Laura A. Sefton

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Clinical Topic Review 2013 - Behavioral Health Screening Among MassHealth Children and Adolescents, Judith A. Savageau, Georgianna Willis, Kathy Muhr, David M. Keller, Gideon Aweh, and Elizabeth O'Connell

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UPDATED MassHealth: The Basics - Facts, Trends and National Context, Robert W. Seifert and Kate Russell

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

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Simple and Effective: Using Boxplots to Display Individualized Results, Joshua P. Twomey

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Meeting Massachusetts' Growing Demand for Home and Community-Based Supports, Leanne Winchester and Kate Russell

Publications from 2013

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Comparison of physical activity between children with autism spectrum disorders and typically developing children, Linda G. Bandini, James Gleason, Carol Curtin, Keith Lividini, Sarah E. Anderson, Sharon A. Cermak, Melissa Maslin, and Aviva Must

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Perspectives of People Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing on Mental Health, Recovery, and Peer Support, Linda M. Cabral, Kathy Muhr, and Judith A. Savageau

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Linda Cabral and Judy Savageau on Improve Your Surveys by Conducting Cognitive Interviews, Linda M. Cabral and Judith A. Savageau

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Linda Cabral and Laura Sefton on So Many to Choose from: How to Select Organizations for a Site Visit, Linda M. Cabral and Laura A. Sefton

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Linda Cabral and Laura Sefton on Using Voice Recognition Software for Transcription, Linda M. Cabral and Laura A. Sefton

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Linda Cabral and Laura Sefton on Utilizing Survey Data in a Traditional In-Person Interview, Linda M. Cabral and Laura A. Sefton

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MA PCMH Eval Week: Linda Cabral and Laura Sefton on Participant Observation as a Data Collection Method, Linda M. Cabral and Laura A. Sefton

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The Impact of Prior Authorization on Buprenorphine Dose, Relapse and Cost of Opioid Addiction Treatment, Robin E. Clark, Jeffrey D. Baxter, Bruce A. Barton, Gideon Aweh, Elizabeth O'Connell, and Bill Fisher

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

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Genomic analysis identifies targets of convergent positive selection in drug-resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Maha R. Farhat, B. Jesse Shapiro, Alex Sloutsky, Devinder Kaur, and Megan Murray

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Accountable Care as a Health Reform Tool in Oregon and Massachusetts, Julia Feldman and Rachel Gershon

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New Hampshire's Health Insurance Market and Provider Payment System: An Analysis of Stakeholder Views, Michael G. Grenier, Katharine London, Amanda Littell-Clark, Rebecca Laes-Kushner, and Javeeria Ghani

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Economic Wellbeing and Life Satisfaction Among Working and Non-Working Adults with Disabilities, Alexis D. Henry, Monika Mitra, John Gettens, and Jianying Zhang

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Carla Hillerns on Thoughtful Tokens of Appreciation to Encourage Study Participation, Carla Hillerns

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Advancing the university mission through partnerships with state Medicaid programs, Jay S. Himmelstein and Andrew B. Bindman

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MA PCMH Eval Week: Christine Johnson on Self-Assessment Medical Home Transformation Tools, Christine Johnson

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Christine Johnson and Terri Anderson on the Quality Improvement – Evaluation Connection, Christine Johnson and Teresa Anderson

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Is there a psychiatrist in the house? Integrating child psychiatry into the pediatric medical home, David M. Keller and Barry Sarvet

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MA PCMH Eval Week: Valerie Konar on Getting Evaluation Results through Project Management, Valerie Konar