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Matthew James Alcusky PhD, PharmD, MS

TitleAssistant Professor
InstitutionUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
DepartmentPopulation and Quantitative Health Sciences
AddressUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
368 Plantation Street, AS6-1061
Worcester MA 01605
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    InstitutionUMMS - School of Medicine
    DepartmentPopulation and Quantitative Health Sciences

    InstitutionUMMS - Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
    DepartmentClinical Population Health Research

    InstitutionUMMS - Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
    DepartmentMasters in Clinical Investigation

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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
    University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA, United StatesPhDClinical and Population Health Research

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    Dr. Alcusky is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Epidemiology, Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences. As a pharmacoepidemiologist and health services researcher, he is 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 also one of the lead investigators for the Independent Evaluation of the MassHealth 1115 Demonstration Extension, which will measure changes in quality of care, health outcomes, and costs associated with 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 quality measures and to adjust Medicaid/CHIP global payments to managed care entities. As part of an international research team, he is also studying the effects of the implementation of a regional medical home initiative in Italy. Prior to joining UMass, Dr. Alcusky trained as a health economics and outcomes research fellow in academic and industry settings, and he retains an interest in pharmaceutical policy and value assessment.

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    1. 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. 2019 Dec 16. PMID: 31845208.
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    2. 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. 2019 Jul 04; 1062860619860590. PMID: 31271037.
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    3. 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 May 16; STROKEAHA119024817. PMID: 31092166.
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    4. 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 May 07; 8(9):e012023. PMID: 31046504.
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    5. 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.
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    6. 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 Nov 13. PMID: 30421391.
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    7. 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 Aug 14. PMID: 30113423.
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    8. 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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    9. 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 May; 52(5):446-453. PMID: 29172664.
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    10. 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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    11. 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.
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    12. Alcusky M, Ulbricht CM, Lapane KL. Postacute Care Setting, Facility Characteristics, and Poststroke Outcomes: A Systematic Review. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2018 Jun; 99(6):1124-1140.e9. PMID: 28965738.
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    13. 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.
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    14. 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 ß 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.
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    15. 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; PMCID: PMC4743471 [Available on 11/01/16].
    16. 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.
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    17. 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; PMCID: PMC4503939.
    18. 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.
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