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Jay S Himmelstein MD, MPH

TitleProfessor Emeritus
InstitutionUMass Chan Medical School
DepartmentPopulation and Quantitative Health Sciences
AddressUMass Chan Medical School
368 Plantation Street AS9-2065
Worcester MA 01605
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    InstitutionT.H. Chan School of Medicine
    DepartmentFamily Medicine and Community Health

    InstitutionT.H. Chan School of Medicine

    InstitutionT.H. Chan School of Medicine
    DepartmentPopulation and Quantitative Health Sciences
    DivisionBiostatistics And Health Services Research

    InstitutionUMass Chan Programs, Centers and Institutes
    DepartmentCenter for Health Policy and Research

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    Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, United StatesBALiberal Arts
    Harvard University School of Public Health, Boston, MA, United StatesMPHOccupational Health
    Harvard University School of Public Health, Boston, MA, United StatesMSPhysiology
    University of Maryland Baltimore, Baltimore, MD, United StatesMD

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    Jay Himmelstein, M.D., MPH, is a Professor of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences,  Family Medicine and Community Health, and Internal Medicine. He also serves as Chief Health Policy Strategist at ForHealth Consulting (formerly CommonWealth Medicine) at the University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School. His professional career in research, policy development, and service has been dedicated to improving health care and health outcomes for those served by the public sector. He has placed special emphasis on Medicaid programs and health services for people with disabilities and is a nationally recognized physician, educator, and health services researcher. Dr. Himmelstein’s most recent work has focused on the intersection of health policy and information technology, improving coordination of care and transitioning from fee-for-service to value-based payments in Medicaid programs, and leveraging University partnerships with Medicaid agencies to facilitate health system transformation.

    Dr. Himmelstein has served as a health policy advisor and strategist at the state and national level for more than 30 years. He was appointed as the physician representative to the Massachusetts Public Health Council by Governor Dukakis in 1988 and served as a Robert Wood Johnson National Health Policy Fellow on the health staff of Senator Edward M. Kennedy from 1991-1994. Jay has participated in numerous state and national health reform initiatives focusing on expanding access and improving the quality and range of services offered to vulnerable populations and those with disabilities through policy, research, evaluation, and advocacy. An elected member of the National Academy of Social Insurance, Dr. Himmelstein has also served as an expert consultant to the Social Security Administration and to the Institute of Medicine.

    Dr. Himmelstein first joined UMass Chan as an Assistant Professor in 1983 and has held numerous leadership positions, including Assistant Chancellor for Health Policy and founding Director of the Center for Health Policy and Research. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles and technical reports and has been the principal investigator on more than 40 grants and contracts from state and federal sources at UMass Chan.

    Dr. Himmelstein is board certified in internal medicine and occupational and environmental health/preventive medicine. He received his bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University, and his medical degree from the University of Maryland Medical School. He received Masters degrees in Public Health and Physiology from the Harvard School of Public Health.


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    1. Dyer Z, Alcusky M, Himmelstein J, Ash A, Kerrissey M. Practice Site Heterogeneity within and between Medicaid Accountable Care Organizations. Healthcare (Basel). 2024 Jan 20; 12(2). PMID: 38275548.
    2. Sabatino MJ, Mick EO, Ash AS, Himmelstein J, Alcusky MJ. Changes in Health Care Utilization During the First 2 Years of Massachusetts Medicaid Accountable Care Organizations. Popul Health Manag. 2023 Oct 30. PMID: 37903233.
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    3. Kerrissey M, Jamakandi S, Alcusky M, Himmelstein J, Rosenthal M. Integration on the Frontlines of Medicaid Accountable Care Organizations and Associations With Perceived Care Quality, Health Equity, and Satisfaction. Med Care Res Rev. 2023 10; 80(5):519-529. PMID: 37232171.
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    4. Kachoria AG, Sefton L, Miller F, Leary A, Goff SL, Nicholson J, Himmelstein J, Alcusky M. Facilitators and Barriers to Care Coordination Between Medicaid Accountable Care Organizations and Community Partners: Early Lessons From Massachusetts. Med Care Res Rev. 2023 10; 80(5):507-518. PMID: 37098858.
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    5. Goff SL, Gurewich D, Alcusky M, Kachoria AG, Nicholson J, Himmelstein J. Barriers and Facilitators to Implementation of Value-Based Care Models in New Medicaid Accountable Care Organizations in Massachusetts: A Study Protocol. Front Public Health. 2021; 9:645665. PMID: 33889558.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    6. Jay Himmelstein. ACA Marketplaces Can Contribute to Health System Transformation!. 2014. View Publication.
    7. Himmelstein J, Bindman AB. Advancing the university mission through partnerships with state Medicaid programs. Acad Med. 2013 Nov; 88(11):1606-8. PMID: 24072113.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    8. Mansur R, Himmelstein J, Keays S, Kenney Walsh K. . Measuring the Outcomes of Health Reform: Opportunities for Federal and State Policymakers. 2013. View Publication.
    9. Tutty, M., & Himmelstein J. . State Perspectives on Building Information Technology for Health Reform. 2012. View Publication.
    10. Henry AD, Long-Bellil L, Zhang J, Himmelstein J. Unmet need for disability-related health care services and employment status among adults with disabilities in the Massachusetts Medicaid?program. Disabil Health J. 2011 Oct; 4(4):209-18. PMID: 22014668.
      Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    11. Gettens J, Mitra M, Henry AD, Himmelstein J. Have working-age people with disabilities shared in the gains of Massachusetts health reform? Inquiry. 2011; 48(3):183-96. PMID: 22235544.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    12. Hashemi L, Henry AD, Ellison ML, Banks SM, Glazier RE, Himmelstein J. The relationship of personal assistance service utilization to other Medicaid payments among working-age adults with disabilities. Home Health Care Serv Q. 2008; 27(4):280-98. PMID: 19097972.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    13. Henry AD, Banks S, Clark R, Himmelstein J. Mobility limitations negatively impact work outcomes among Medicaid enrollees with disabilities. J Occup Rehabil. 2007 Sep; 17(3):355-69. PMID: 17570039.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    14. Himmelstein J. Bleeding-edge benefits. Health Aff (Millwood). 2006 Nov-Dec; 25(6):1656-63. PMID: 17102191.
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    15. Alfreds ST, Tutty M, Savageau JA, Young S, Himmelstein J. Clinical health information technologies and the role of medicaid. Health Care Financ Rev. 2006; 28(2):11-20. PMID: 17427841.
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    16. Coleman M, Schnapp W, Hurwitz D, Hedberg S, Cabral L, Laszlo A, Himmelstein J. Overview of publicly funded managed behavioral health care. Adm Policy Ment Health. 2005 Mar; 32(4):321-40. PMID: 15844852.
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    17. Pransky G, Benjamin K, Hill-Fotouhi C, Fletcher KE, Himmelstein J. Occupational upper extremity conditions: a detailed analysis of work-related outcomes. J Occup Rehabil. 2002 Sep; 12(3):131-8. PMID: 12228944.
      Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    18. Pransky G, Benjamin K, Hill-Fotouhi C, Fletcher KE, Himmelstein J, Katz JN. Work-related outcomes in occupational low back pain: a multidimensional analysis. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2002 Apr 15; 27(8):864-70. PMID: 11935111.
      Citations: 19     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    19. Dembe AE, Fox SE, Himmelstein JS. The RWJF workers' compensation health initiative: findings and strategies. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Health Aff (Millwood). 2002 Jan-Feb; 21(1):251-5. PMID: 11900084.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
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