New on the Site
Anthony Shih, MD, MPH, has become the new president of United Hospital Fund, bringing an extensive background in health policy, health system performance improvement, quality improvement, and population health.
Reflecting the values and vision of UHF’s longtime president, a new funding initiative has been created to extend the organization’s ability to address three pressing health care concerns for New York: the imperative of affordable, comprehensive health insurance; the viability of the health care safety net; and the need for continued innovation to address cost issues and improve quality of care.
State Medicaid Director Jason Helgerson announced the “First 1000 Days on Medicaid Initiative” at United Hospital Fund’s annual Medicaid conference on July 20. The Initiative aims to improve access to health and social services for children during their first three years.
Jennifer L. Howse, PhD, and Eileen M. Sullivan-Marx, PhD, RN, FAAN, have been elected to the UHF board of directors, bringing additional philanthropic, research and practice, and health policy expertise to the organization’s leadership group.
The Greater New York Hospital Association and United Hospital Fund launched the Clinical Quality Fellowship Program (CQFP) in 2009 to develop quality improvement leaders in the New York region. A new article published in the American Journal of Medical Quality on July 14, 2017, describes the CQFP’s structure and curriculum, program participants’ perceived value, improvement projects, and the career paths of 87 participants.
Prescription drug spending increased in the double digits on average in recent years across New York State for health plans participating in Medicaid Managed Care and in the commercial small group markets, according to a new UHF report.
The second meeting of participants in a learning collaborative that is part of the Patient-Reported Outcomes in Primary Care–New York (PROPC–NY) initiative, a project of of UHF's Quality Institute, took place at the Fund on June 20. Some 30 participants discussed how to ensure that patients are not only healthy but satisfied with their treatment.
An article in the journal Health Affairs, Interest In Early Childhood Health Leads To Three Funders Working Together, describes the Partnerships for Early Childhood Development initiative, a collaboration by United Hospital Fund (UHF), the Altman Foundation, and The New York Community Trust (The Trust) to support efforts by eleven New York City hospitals to screen young children for social determinants of health and connect them with the appropriate services.
Key provisions in the American Health Care Act—part of the plan by the U.S. House of Representatives to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act—would undermine many of New York State’s recent gains in coverage and market stability, and have financial and affordability effects particular to New York, a new UHF report finds.
With health insurance premiums rising, delivery system reforms reshaping how services are provided, and the future of the Affordable Care Act in doubt, a new report outlines ways to help consumers choose and use provider networks and access timely care, through improved safeguards and disclosures.
Turning down needed home health care can result in avoidable rehospitalization and lower quality of life, yet why patients refuse services is not well understood. An expert roundtable, co-sponsored by UHF and the Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation, examined the issue and possible responses.
Almost 600 guests attended the 28th annual Tribute to Hospital and Health Care Trustees honoring 31 trustees from New York metropolitan area hospitals, nursing homes, and home care institutions. Co-chairs Cary Kravet and Mary Beth Tully, both UHF board members and hospital trustees, presented the awards, and Emmet Conlon, head of Healthcare, North, represented TD Bank, underwriter of the event.
Stage II of UHF’s Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship Initiative is involving seven hospitals and health systems, encompassing 36 outpatient practices, in developing interventions to improve prescribing practices for adults with acute respiratory infections.
UHF’s Partnerships for Early Childhood Development links 11 hospitals with community partners to help pediatric primary care practices routinely screen children up to age 5 for socioeconomic risks to healthy development, and connect them with the services that can address those risks. The initiative has now launched an online and in-person Learning Collaborative, to provide participants with resources, training, technical assistance, and a forum for sharing experiences and progress.
The new guide was developed, in a UHF collaborative project, in response to patients’ and family caregivers’ needs for better education.
Resources for family caregivers and health care providers are available at our Next Step in Care website.