Vol. 12 No. 5
A strategic partner
Commonwealth Medicine plays a key role in the future model of health care
Commonwealth Medicine’s Center for Health Law and Economics is playing a key role in health care reform. Here they reported their findings on the economics of Massachusetts health care reform to influential health policy leaders at the State House.
In 2008, UMass Medical School and clinical partner UMass Memorial Health Care, embarked on a joint, five-year strategic plan for the University of Massachusetts Academic Health Sciences Center. Centering on advancing the health and well-being of the people of the commonwealth and the world through pioneering advances in education, research and health care delivery, the plan was the result of a comprehensive and collaborative process involving a broad array of stakeholders from across both organizations. “The greatest aspect of our strategic plan is that everyone in our organizations was asked to help create it and everyone can be involved in living it,” said Chancellor Michael F. Collins, MD.
The objectives of this plan set the priorities that both organizations are following, which include transforming the practice of medicine through continued excellence in basic, clinical and translational research, while recommitting the academic health sciences center to safe, high-quality health care, superior education and community service.
In creating the future model of health care delivery
—one of the key goals of the strategic plan—Commonwealth Medicine is a leading contributor.
Commonwealth Medicine—as the division that fulfills a large portion
of the UMMS public service mission—was vital to the development of this
plan and is playing a fundamental role in its implementation. “In these
challenging economic times, Commonwealth Medicine is needed now more
than ever to ensure our organizations’ ability to continue to provide
quality, accessible health care programs and services,” said Dr.
In creating the future model of health care
delivery—one of the key goals of the strategic plan—Commonwealth
Medicine is a leading contributor. A fundamental priority of the goal
is to incorporate the care of underserved populations by providing a
safety net, which calls upon the expertise of Commonwealth Medicine to
improve quality, safety and effectiveness in serving those in need.
Examples include a partnership between the Massachusetts Area Health
Education Center (MassAHEC) Network and the Massachusetts Department of
Public Health to provide workforce development analysis that will help
public and private agencies shape solutions to the shortage of primary
care providers with a goal of making health care more accessible; a new
initiative between the Center for Health Policy and Research and the
Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing to reduce the number of
medication errors in long-term care facilities; the continued expertise
of Commonwealth Medicine’s Clinical Pharmacy Services division, Office
of Clinical Affairs and affiliate MedMetrics Health Partners in
providing a range of cost saving—$1 billion in Massachusetts
alone—pharmacy program management services to clients; and supporting
behavioral health providers to implement the Child and Adolescent Needs
and Strengths (CANS) tool that streamlines a coordinated approach to
mental health service delivery. These are just a few examples of how
Commonwealth Medicine is shaping the future model of health care for
the commonwealth and beyond.“We are an
academic health sciences center with very highly developed and
extensive public service endeavors, which foster rich data for
translational science and, in turn, position us at the forefront of
health care delivery and policy formulation,” concluded Collins.