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Our Expertise

The Center for Health Law and Economics at UMass Medical School maintains a staff with far-reaching knowledge of — and comprehensive experience with — the legal, economic, and policy-driven complexities of health care reform initiatives. Our collective backgrounds span a variety of specialties; taken together, our team is an incomparable resource for our public and private sector clients.

Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
The staff at the Center for Health Law and Economics at UMass Medical School has significant expertise in the technical, legal, financial, and administrative aspects of Medicaid and CHIP. We can help clients navigate complex state and federal rules, develop sound financing and payment policies, and design, implement and evaluate program reforms.

State and National Health Care Reform
The Center for Health Law and Economics at UMass Medical School provides a wealth of expertise for public and nonprofit agencies seeking help with federal waivers, health policy design and implementation, financing, delivery systems, long-term care, employer and individual mandates in health reform, cost containment, quality improvement, and access for vulnerable populations.

Massachusetts Health Care Reform
Our team members were integrally involved in the early design, stakeholder strategy development, and implementation of Massachusetts’ 2006 landmark health care reform initiative. We also contributed to the development of a new payment system for reimbursing hospitals that provide care to the remaining uninsured.

Health Economics and Systems Analysis
The Center for Health Law and Economics has extensive knowledge of health care financing, delivery systems, cost containment, and quality improvement. We have a full understanding of competing — and sometimes conflicting — interests when developing public health care policy in a public–private market.

Health Law
Our staff is well-versed in the laws and regulations that govern how health care delivery efforts are shaped, including the complicated state and federal rules governing Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), as well as the laws that require compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). We also can ensure that new policies do not conflict with state-specific financing and administrative procedures laws.