UMass Medical School Health Policy Experts to Present at Academy Health Conference

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UMass Medical School Health Policy Experts to Present at Academy Health Conference

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Several health policy experts from UMass Medical School will present at Academy Health’s annual research meeting, taking place in Baltimore, June 23 - 25.

Bruce Barton, PhD, research professor in the Medical School’s Quantitative Health Sciences department, and team leader for research methods at the School’s division, Center for Health Policy and Research, will deliver a podium presentation on interim results from the Massachusetts Patient-Centered Medical Home Initiative.

Dr. Barton’s podium presentation will take place on .

A multi-disciplinary team from UMass Medical School was instrumental in helping implement and evaluate the Massachusetts patient-centered medical home demonstration project, an initiative that involves 45 primary care practices and multiple payers. Dr. Barton will present findings from a study that analyzed the extent to which practices adopted characteristics central to medical homes, including increased access to care and information, improved care coordination among practice team members and delivery of care that is considered “patient-centered” – a model that supports the involvement of patients and families in all care decisions. Robin Clark, PhD, Judith Steinberg, MD, and Ann Lawthers, ScD, co-authored the study with Dr. Barton.

UMass Medical School, Commonwealth Medicine staff will also be making several pre-conference presentations on behavioral health and state health policy topics to colleagues from around the country, as well as presenting posters during the conference. Below is a complete schedule of presentation and poster sessions.

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