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Matthew James Alcusky PhD, PharmD, MS

TitleAssociate Professor
InstitutionUMass Chan Medical School
DepartmentPopulation and Quantitative Health Sciences
AddressUMass Chan Medical School
368 Plantation Street AS6-1061
Worcester MA 01605
Phone774-455-4691
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    InstitutionT.H. Chan School of Medicine
    DepartmentPopulation and Quantitative Health Sciences
    DivisionEpidemiology

    InstitutionMorningside Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
    DepartmentMasters in Clinical Investigation

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    DepartmentMD/PhD Program

    InstitutionMorningside Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
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    University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI, United StatesMSPharmaceutical Sciences
    University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA, United StatesPHDClinical & Population Health
    University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI, United StatesPHARMD

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    Dr. Alcusky is an Associate Professor in the Division of Epidemiology, Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences. As a pharmacoepidemiologist and health services researcher, he is primarily focused on generating evidence from large observational data sources to inform clinical practice and guide health policy. Recently, his clinical research has included the study of prescribing patterns, comparative safety and effectiveness, and medication related healthcare utilization, often in older high-risk populations for whom clinical trial evidence is sparse. Dr. Alcusky is the lead investigator for the Independent Evaluation of the MassHealth Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) Program, which is a mixed methods study of the large-scale delivery system reforms in Massachusetts, including the implementation of Medicaid Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). He is also a member of the UMass team developing and refining risk-based predictive models for primary care payment and to adjust Medicaid/CHIP global payments to managed care entities. Prior to joining UMass, Dr. Alcusky trained as a health economics and outcomes research fellow in academic and industry settings, and he presently advises the Massachusetts Medicaid program (i.e., MassHealth) on pharmaceutical value assessment.



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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.
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    2. Mick EO, Sabatino MJ, Alcusky MJ, Eanet FE, Pearson WS, Ash AS. The role of primary care providers in testing for sexually transmitted infections in the MassHealth Medicaid program. PLoS One. 2023; 18(11):e0295024. PMID: 38033169.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    3. 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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    4. Lapane KL, Ott BR, Hargraves JL, Cosenza C, Liang S, Alcusky M. Changes in Antidementia Medications upon Admission to the Nursing Home: Who Decides and Why? Results From a National Survey of Nursing Home Administrators. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2024 Jan; 25(1):41-46.e5. PMID: 38173265.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    5. Dyer Z, Alcusky MJ, Galea S, Ash A. Measuring The Enduring Imprint Of Structural Racism On American Neighborhoods. Health Aff (Millwood). 2023 10; 42(10):1374-1382. PMID: 37782878.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    6. Ott BR, Hollins C, Tjia J, Baek J, Chen Q, Lapane KL, Alcusky M. Antidementia Medication Use in Nursing Home Residents. J Geriatr Psychiatry Neurol. 2024 May; 37(3):194-205. PMID: 37715795.
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    7. Alcusky MJ, Mick EO, Allison JJ, Kiefe CI, Sabatino MJ, Eanet FE, Ash AS. Paying for Medical and Social Complexity in Massachusetts Medicaid. JAMA Netw Open. 2023 09 05; 6(9):e2332173. PMID: 37669052.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    8. Tsuei SH, Alcusky M, Florio C, Kerrissey MJ. Trade-offs in locational choices for care coordination resources in accountable care organizations. Health Care Manage Rev. 2023 Oct-Dec 01; 48(4):301-310. PMID: 37615940.
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    9. Chen Q, Baek J, Goldberg R, Tjia J, Lapane K, Alcusky M. Discontinuation of oral anticoagulant use among nursing home residents with atrial fibrillation before hospice enrollment. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2023 10; 71(10):3071-3085. PMID: 37466267.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    10. Salsabili M, Tesell M, Alcusky M, Greenwood BC, Huang D, Lenz K, Dave J. Prescription digital therapeutics: Applying Medicaid experience to value assessment and formulary management. J Manag Care Spec Pharm. 2023 Jun; 29(6):685-691. PMID: 37276040.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    11. 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.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    12. Sabatino M, Alcusky MJ, Mick EO, Ash AS. Risk Adjustment And Health Equity. Health Aff (Millwood). 2023 05; 42(5):732. PMID: 37126748.
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    13. 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.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    14. Tjia J, Karakida M, Alcusky M, Furuno JP. Perspectives on deprescribing in palliative care. Expert Rev Clin Pharmacol. 2023 May; 16(5):411-421. PMID: 36995162.
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    15. Alcusky M. Psychosocial Data: A Pillar of Integrated and Accountable Care Systems. Med Care. 2022 12 01; 60(12):869-871. PMID: 36221166.
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    16. Li NC, Alcusky M, Masters GA, Ash A. Paper of Association of Social Determinants of Health With Adherence to Second-generation Antipsychotics for People With Bipolar Disorders in a Medicaid Population. Med Care. 2022 10 01; 60(10):792-793. PMID: 35980041.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    17. Keith SW, Maio V, Arafat HA, Alcusky M, Karagiannis T, Rabinowitz C, Lavu H, Louis DZ. Angiotensin blockade therapy and survival in pancreatic cancer: a population study. BMC Cancer. 2022 Feb 07; 22(1):150. PMID: 35130875.
      Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    18. Li NC, Alcusky M, Masters GA, Ash AS. Association of Social Determinants of Health With Adherence to Second-generation Antipsychotics for People With Bipolar Disorders in a Medicaid Population. Med Care. 2022 02 01; 60(2):106-112. PMID: 34908010.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    19. Chen Q, Lapane K, Nunes AP, Tjia J, Hugunin J, Alcusky M. Prevalence and the factors associated with oral anticoagulant use among nursing home residents. J Clin Pharm Ther. 2021 Dec; 46(6):1714-1728. PMID: 34463969.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    20. Keith SW, Waters D, Alcusky M, Hegarty S, Jafari N, Lombardi M, Pini M, Maio V. The Medical Home Initiative in Italy: an Analysis of Changes in Healthcare Utilization. J Gen Intern Med. 2022 05; 37(6):1380-1387. PMID: 34357575.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    21. 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
    22. Mick EO, Alcusky MJ, Li NC, Eanet FE, Allison JJ, Kiefe CI, Ash AS. Complex Patients Have More Emergency Visits: Don't Punish the Systems That Serve Them. Med Care. 2021 04 01; 59(4):362-367. PMID: 33528234.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    23. Alcusky M, Thomas RB, Jafari N, Keith SW, Kee A, Del Canale S, Lombardi M, Maio V. Reduction in unplanned hospitalizations associated with a physician focused intervention to reduce potentially inappropriate medication use among older adults: a population-based cohort study. BMC Geriatr. 2021 03 31; 21(1):218. PMID: 33789589.
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    24. Chen A, Patel S, Alcusky M, Maio V. Will the COVID-19 Pandemic Finally Fuel Drug Repurposing Efforts? Am J Med Qual. 2021 Mar-Apr 01; 36(2):122-124. PMID: 33830096.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansCellsPHPublic Health
    25. Alcusky M, Mick EO. Should Medicare Advantage Plans Receive Billions in Additional Risk-based Payments for Potentially Unmanaged Conditions? Med Care. 2021 02 01; 59(2):93-95. PMID: 33394895.
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    26. Alcusky M, Baek J, Tjia J, McManus DD, Lapane KL. Geographic Variation in Anticoagulant Use and Resident, Nursing Home, and County Characteristics Associated With Treatment Among US Nursing Home Residents. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2021 01; 22(1):164-172.e9. PMID: 33357746.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    27. Alcusky M, Mick EO, Clark MA, Ash AS. Calibrating Medicaid payment to need for long-term services and supports. Am J Manag Care. 2020 12 01; 26(12):e388-e394. PMID: 33315332.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    28. Alcusky M, Tjia J, McManus DD, Hume AL, Fisher M, Lapane KL. Comparative Safety and Effectiveness of Direct-Acting Oral Anticoagulants Versus Warfarin: a National Cohort Study of Nursing Home Residents. J Gen Intern Med. 2020 08; 35(8):2329-2337. PMID: 32291717.
      Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    29. Zhao D, Shridharmurthy D, Alcusky MJ, Yuan Y, Nunes AP, Hume AL, Baek J, Lapane KL. The Prevalence and Factors Associated with Antiepileptic Drug Use in US Nursing Home Residents. Drugs Aging. 2020 02; 37(2):137-145. PMID: 31845208.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    30. Alcusky M, Singer D, Keith SW, Hegarty SE, Lombardi M, Saccenti E, Maio V. Evaluation of Care Processes and Health Care Utilization in Newly Implemented Medical Homes in Italy: A Population-Based Cross-sectional Study. Am J Med Qual. 2020 May/Jun; 35(3):265-273. PMID: 31271037.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    31. Jayaraman DK, Alcusky M, Moonis M. Letter by Jayaraman et al Regarding Articles, "Higher Incidence of Ischemic Stroke in Patients Taking Novel Oral Anticoagulants" and "Effectiveness and Safety of Oral Anticoagulants among Nonvalvular Atrial Fibrillation Patients: The ARISTOPHANES Study". Stroke. 2019 06; 50(6):e154-e155. PMID: 31092166.
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    32. Alcusky M, McManus DD, Hume AL, Fisher M, Tjia J, Lapane KL. Changes in Anticoagulant Utilization Among United States Nursing Home Residents With Atrial Fibrillation From 2011 to 2016. J Am Heart Assoc. 2019 05 07; 8(9):e012023. PMID: 31046504.
      Citations: 29     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    33. Alcusky M, Keith SW, Karagiannis T, Rabinowitz C, Louis DZ, Maio V. Metformin exposure and survival in head and neck cancer: A large population-based cohort study. J Clin Pharm Ther. 2019 Aug; 44(4):588-594. PMID: 31293011.
      Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    34. Alcusky M, Hume AL, Fisher M, Tjia J, Goldberg RJ, McManus DD, Lapane KL. Dabigatran Versus Rivaroxaban for Secondary Stroke Prevention in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation Rehabilitated in Skilled Nursing Facilities. Drugs Aging. 2018 12; 35(12):1089-1098. PMID: 30421391.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    35. Hunnicutt JN, Baek J, Alcusky M, Hume AL, Liu SH, Ulbricht CM, Tjia J, Lapane KL. Geographic Variation in the Initiation of Commonly Used Opioids and Dosage Strength in United States Nursing Homes. Med Care. 2018 10; 56(10):847-854. PMID: 30113423.
      Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    36. Alcusky M, Lapane KL. Treatment of atrial fibrillation in nursing homes: A place for direct acting oral anticoagulants? J Nurs Home Res Sci. 2018; 4:15-19. PMID: 31549021.
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    37. Pizzi LT, Prioli KM, Fields Harris L, Cannon-Dang E, Marthol-Clark M, Alcusky M, McCoy M, Schafer JJ. Knowledge, Activation, and Costs of the Pharmacists' Pneumonia Prevention Program (PPPP): A Novel Senior Center Model to Promote Vaccination. Ann Pharmacother. 2018 05; 52(5):446-453. PMID: 29172664.
      Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    38. Alcusky M, Lee S, Lau G, Chiu GR, Hadker N, Deshpande A, Fleming S, Vance N, Fakharzadeh S. Dermatologist and Patient Preferences in Choosing Treatments for Moderate to Severe Psoriasis. Dermatol Ther (Heidelb). 2017 Dec; 7(4):463-483. PMID: 29052800.
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    39. Pilon D, Alcusky M, Xiao Y, Thompson-Leduc P, Lafeuille MH, Lefebvre P, Benson C. Adherence, persistence, and inpatient utilization among adult schizophrenia patients using once-monthly versus twice-monthly long-acting atypical antipsychotics. J Med Econ. 2018 Feb; 21(2):135-143. PMID: 28895766.
      Citations: 9     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    40. Alcusky M, Ulbricht CM, Lapane KL. Postacute Care Setting, Facility Characteristics, and Poststroke Outcomes: A Systematic Review. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2018 06; 99(6):1124-1140.e9. PMID: 28965738.
      Citations: 20     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    41. Varga S, Alcusky M, Keith SW, Hegarty SE, Del Canale S, Lombardi M, Maio V. Hospitalization rates during potentially inappropriate medication use in a large population-based cohort of older adults. Br J Clin Pharmacol. 2017 Nov; 83(11):2572-2580. PMID: 28667818.
      Citations: 18     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    42. Dong YH, Alcusky M, Maio V, Liu J, Liu M, Wu LC, Chang CH, Lai MS, Gagne JJ. Evidence of potential bias in a comparison of ? blockers and calcium channel blockers in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and acute coronary syndrome: results of a multinational study. BMJ Open. 2017 03 31; 7(3):e012997. PMID: 28363921.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    43. Lupattelli M, Alcusky M, Aristei C, Bellavita R, Jereczek-Fossa BA, McAna J, Showalter TN, Maio V. Adjuvant and salvage radiation therapy after prostatectomy: investigating beliefs and practices of radiation oncologists. Br J Radiol. 2015; 88(1055):20150587. PMID: 26393481.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    44. Alcusky M, Ferrari L, Rossi G, Liu M, Hojat M, Maio V. Attitudes Toward Collaboration Among Practitioners in Newly Established Medical Homes: A Survey of Nurses, General Practitioners, and Specialists. Am J Med Qual. 2016 11; 31(6):526-535. PMID: 26228578.
      Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    45. Alcusky MJ, Pawasauskas J. Adherence to Guidelines for Hepatitis B, Pneumococcal, and Influenza Vaccination in Patients With Diabetes. Clin Diabetes. 2015 Jul; 33(3):116-22. PMID: 26203204.
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    46. Alcusky M, Philpotts L, Bonafede M, Clarke J, Skoufalos A. The patient burden of screening mammography recall. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2014 Sep; 23 Suppl 1:S11-9. PMID: 25247382.
      Citations: 17     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
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