Jim Tallon’s Insights

From August 2013 through December 2015, Jim Tallon, president of United Hospital Fund and a member of New York State’s Board of Regents, provided insights on health care and education in a monthly guest spot on WCNY radio’s “Capitol Pressroom.” Interview segments, which typically run 12 ½ minutes, are available on the WCNY website.

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UHF in the News

UHF's work and insights play an important role, locally and nationally, in shaping media stories on a range of critical health care topics. Following is a recent sampling:

  • The New York Times quotes James R. Tallon Jr., former president of UHF, in the article On Health, de Blasio Focuses on Crises and Inequality (October 16, 2017). 
  • In the article "Zucker Calls on HHS to Speed CHIP Renewal,"  Crain's Health Pulse referenced the recent UHF HealthWatch report on rising enrollment in New York State's Child Health Plus insurance program (October 13, 2017). 
  • New York Social Diary covered UHF's annual gala held October 3 in Paying Tribute (October 13, 2017). 
  • Home Care Industry News discussed the UHF/ AHHQI joint report “I Can Take Care of Myself! Patients’ Refusals of Home Health Care Services” and quotes Carol Levine, director of UHF's Families and Health Care Project, in Seniors Face More Risks by Refusing Home Care Following a Hospital Stay (October 11, 2017).
  • Connect Media wrote about UHF's Special Tribute honoree at its annual gala on October 3 in Priscilla Almodovar Honored by United Hospital Fund (October 5, 2017). 
  • Politico New York reported that UHF honored Jim Tallon, James Simons, Priscilla Almodovar and Dr. Robert Gore at its annual gala held October 3 (October 4, 2017). 
  • Crain's Health Pulse reported that UHF raised more than $1.7 million in connection with its annual gala held October 3 (October 4, 2017). 
  • Crain's Health Pulse reported on a new UHF HealthWatch report on rising enrollment in New York State's Child Health Plus insurance program and quoted Chad Shearer, director of UHF's Medicaid Institute, in the article "CHIP Funding Remains Uncertain as Saturday Deadline Looms" (September 29, 2017). 
  • Aging Today, a newspaper published by the American Society on Aging, ran an article written by Carol Levine, director of UHF's Families and Health Care Project, "Closing the door to home healthcare: Patients' refusals and why they matter" (September-October 2017).  
  • Crain's Health Pulse wrote about newly appointed UHF President Anthony Shih's introductory letter to supporters and members of the health care community in its "At A Glance" column and ran a copy of the letter  (September 12, 2017).
  • The Hastings Center ran a commentary by Carol Levine. director of UHF's Families and Health Care Project, Should We Get ready for Prime Time, about the new movie "Marjorie Prime" and what it says about memory loss, artificial intelligence, and humanity (September 12, 2017). 
  • The New York Times story Under `Observation,' Some Hospital Patients Face Big Bills quotes Carol Levine, director of UHF's Families and Health Care Project, about Medicare rules governing "under observation" status (September 1, 2017). 
  • Crain's Health Pulse quoted Peter Newell, director of UHF's Health Insurance Project, in the article "Loss of CareConnect will hurt small businesses, brokers say," about the exit of Northwell Health's CareConnect from the small-group market (August 29, 2017). 
  • Huffington Post ran a commentary by Susan Northover of Visiting Nurse Service of New York, "I Can Take Care of Myself!”—When Patients Who Need Home Care Say “No!” looking at the UHF/Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation (AHHQI) joint report "`I Can Take Care of Myself!': Patients' Refusals of Home Health Care Services" (August 23, 2017). 
  • Crain's Health Pulse quoted Greg Burke, UHF director of Innovation Strategies, and referenced the UHF report “Convenient Care: Retail Clinics and Urgent Care Centers in New York State," in the article "PM Pediatrics Pursues Multistate Urgent-Care Strategy” (July 21, 2017).    
  • Politico Pro covered NYS Medicaid Director Jason Halgerson's keynote address at UHF's 2017 Medicaid Conference in "Medicaid Director Calls for New Focus on Children to Prevent `Super-utilizers of the Future'" (July 20, 2017).  
  • In Report Addresses Patient Refusal of Home Health Care Services, the website Physician's Briefing covered the UHF/ AHHQI joint report “I Can Take Care of Myself! Patients’ Refusals of Home Health Care Services” (June 21, 2017).
  • Kaiser Health News also discussed the UHF/ AHHQI home care refusals report in Leaving Hospital, Older Patients Resist Home Help At Their Peril, and quoted Carol Levine, director of UHF's Families and Health Care Project. The article was picked up by more than 50 outlets, including CNN.com (June 15, 2017).
  • The Huffington Post  ran the commentary Why You Don't Want to be on the Receiving-End of Caregiving by Dr. Barry Jacobs, reflecting on the recently-issued UHF/AHHQI report “I Can Take Care of Myself! Patients’ Refusals of Home Health Care Services.” (June 11,2017).

  • The Albany Times-Union wrote about the UHF report “Rewind: Rewind: New York State Faces Familiar Issues and New Challenges in the `Repeal and Replace’ Era,” and its focus on the impact on New Yorkers of a proposed health care reform bill before the U.S. Senate  in its story Report: Republican health plan bad for N.Y. Prolitico Pro and Crain's New York Business Health Pulse also covered the report (June 9, 2017)

  • In The Burgeoning "Yelpification" of Health Care: Foundations Help Consumers Hold a Scale and a Mirror to the Health Care System, the Health Affairs blog discusses UHF's project o help move health care quality-measurements in New York State toward a more consumer-centric focus (May 25, 2017).

  • The Burgeoning “Yelpification” Of Health Care: Foundations Help Consumers Hold A Scale And A Mirror To The Health Care System

  • The Watertown Daily Times covered the UHF reportNetworks at the Nexus: Revisiting New York State’s Provider Network Standards and Protections” in its story Independent report suggests helping consumers strengthens health networks (May 24, 2017). 
  • The UHF/AHHQI joint report “I Can Take Care of Myself! Patients’ Refusals of Home Health Care Services”  was the subject of Patients Who Refuse Home Health More Likely to be Readmitted in Home Health Care News (May 15, 2017). 
  • In New Report: More Support Needed for Male Caregivers, The Association of Health Care Journalists blog Covering Health quoted Carol Levine, director of UHF's Families and Health Care Projects, about the many men who are family caregivers (May 10, 2017).  
  • In an op-ed for Crain's New York Business, Suzanne Brundage, director of UHF's Children Health Initiative, wrote that Congress' health care reform fails New York's children (May 5,2017). 
  • The Queen's Courier article Hospitals Serving Queens agree to change the way they pescribe antobiotics to patients reported on Stage II of United Hosital Fund's Outpatient Anitbiotic Stewardship Initiative. (April 28, 2017).
  • The Crain's New York Business article Purchase of CityMD Signals Strong Investor Interest in Urgent Care quoted UHF's Greg Burke, director of Innovation Strategies, and Suzanne Brundage about the expansion of urgent care centers in the New York region (April 25, 2017).   
  • The Health Affairs blog People Post reported that Suzanne Brundage was chosen as UHF's  inaugural Patricia S. Levinson Fellow. The fellowship aims to advance UHF’s efforts to improve health care for vulnerable populations (April 18, 2017). 
  • Norwood News highlighted Montefiore Health System's involvement in UHF's Partnerships for Early Childhood Development Initiative in the article Be Healthy: Monte Grant to help Streamline Access to Children's Behaioral Therapies (April 2, 2017)
  • In Video Help is On Way for Family Caregivers Who Must Draw Blood or Give Injections, Kaiser Health News described a series of videos created by the Home Alone Alliance, and explained that the videos grew out of surveys and focus groups organized by UHF and AARP (March 23, 2017).
  • The AARP Blog discussed how New Home Alone Alliance Video Series Brings together AARP and VA to Support Family Caregivers. The Home Alone Alliance Video Series is a collaboration with United Hospital Fund, Family Caregiver's Alliance, and the Betty Irene Davis School of Nursing at the University of California at Davis (March 22, 2017).
  • Carol Levine, director of UHF’s Families and Health Care Project, was interviewed on Chicago NPR station WBEZ’s Morning Shift program about What You Need to Know About Long-Term Care Insurance (March 7, 2017).
  • A Healthcare Finance article, Montefiore Health, University Hospital Score $400,000 to Integrate Mental Health Care into Primary Care Practices, pointed out that the initiative is supported by a United Hospital Fund grant (March 5, 2017).
  • In A Playbook For Managing Problems In The Last Chapter Of Your Life, Kaiser Health News quoted Carol Levine, director of UHF’s Families and Health Care Project, about resources that can help older people plan for what’s next (March 9, 2017).
  • Crain’s New York Business Health Pulse described a new United Hospital Fund initiative, Partnerships for Early Childhood Development, in which 11 NYC hospitals join with social service agencies to screen all children ages 0-5 for social determinants of health, in the article “UHF Program to Screen for Childhood Health Risks” (March 8, 2017).
  • The Crain’s New York Business story “New York Expands Insurance Program for Dual Eligibles” quoted senior health policy analyst Nathan Myers about the status of New York’s Fully Integrated Duals Advantage program (March 2, 2017).
  • UHF President Jim Tallon was part of a panel discussion on WPIX Channel 11’s program News Closeup discussing Trump’s Plan to Dismantle Obamacare and his First Week in Office (January 29, 2017).
  • The Journal-News of Westchester County quoted UHF President Jim Tallon discussing his views on the Affordable Care Act: How Repeal Would Affect NY  (January 11, 2017).
  • In the article Inside Hospital, Families Find Refuge with Recliners, Tissues and Cake, USA Today and Kaiser Health News noted that United Hospital Fund provided funding for Montefiore Medical Center’s caregiver support center (January 11, 2017).

2016

  • Reuters quoted Carol Levine, director of UHF’s Families and Health Care Project, on the attention and resources needed to care for disabled children in U.S. Families Provide Billions In Unpaid Care To Kids With Special Needs, which was picked up by a number of news outlets (December 28, 2016).
  • In the article How One Real Estate Exec Rallied an Industry to Promote Organ Donations, Crain’s New York Business profiled Scott Salmirs, president and chief executive of ABM Industries, for his efforts to promote organ donation as a founder of Donate Eight, and noted that UHF honored him with its Distinguished Community Service Award in September (December 12, 2016).
  • In her weekly syndicated column Aging Matters, Carol Marak writes in “How Caregiving May Affect You” about a joint AARP/YHF report on supports for spousal caregivers (October 21, 2016). 
  • United Hospital Fund's Gala was featured in New York Social Diary, including 20 photos of the honorees and other attendees. (October 12, 2016)
  • Modern Healthcare published an article on "It All Falls on Me," a new UHF report demonstrating that family caregivers feel unprepared for the medical tasks they are expected to perform at home for their loved ones. (September 29, 2016)
  • A Kaiser Health News piece called, "Here's What Older People Need to Do to Prevent Hospital Readmissions," ran in dozens of media outlets, including the Washington Post, and provides a link to UHF's Next Step in Care website. (September 3, 2016)
  • Politico New York featured an article State Medicaid Director Jason Helgerson's keynote address at UHF's annual Medicaid conference, saying his talk has "become a pseudo State of the Union address" on Medicaid issues.
  • Modern Healthcare published an article on a UHF report that provides a framework for value-based payment in children's health care. (July 13, 2016)

  • The "Children's Health Policy Blog" of the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute's Center for Children and Families published the commentary "Embracing an Opportunity to Measure Value in Children’s Health Care," written by UHF Senior Health Policy Analyst Suzanne Brundage. (June 22, 2016)

  • Politico New York featured an article on the publication of a new UHF report that found New York's individual insurance market is in "markedly better shape now than it was in 2013." (June 1, 2016)

  • The Staten Island Advance was one of the media outlets reporting on UHF's honoring of 28 trustees from throughout the New York metropolitan area at its Tribute to Hospital Trustees.  (May 11, 2016)

  • The graduation of the seventh class of the Clinical Quality Fellowship Program, which is co-led by UHF and Greater New York Hospital Association, was the subject of an article in Skyline News. (April 18, 2016)

  • UHF's new Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship Initiative--an effort to improve antibiotic prescribing practices, notable for its focus on the outpatient setting--is the subject of a a piece in the GrantWatch section of the Health Affairs Blog, "A New Arena for Reducing Antibiotic Misuse:  Outpatient Care," written by Hillary Jalon and Anne-Marie Audet, M.D.  (March 2016)

  • The cover story of Generations: Journal of the American Society on Aging was the article “Family Caregiving: Looking to the Future,” which was co-written by Carol Levine, director of the Families and Health Care Project, and Lynn Friss Feinberg of AARP. (Winter 2015-2016)

  • Carol Levine, director of the Families and Health Care Project, was quoted in a Forbes article on why the presidential candidates are not talking about long-term care, noting that there’s not enough grassroots pressure because, “While you’re a caregiver, it’s hard enough to be an advocate for the person you’re caring for and maybe yourself.” (January 29, 2016)

2015

  • Skyline News publishes an article about the IMPACT to Reduce Readmissions Collaborative, reporting on progress made in improving care transitions. (December 21, 2015)

  • Politico New York publishes an article about the UHF report Redesigning Children’s Behavioral Health Services in New York’s Medicaid Program. (November 16, 2015)

  • A Wall Street Journal article focusing on efforts to combat C. difficile infections through multiple approaches noted the “64-hospital effort to reform antibiotic use sponsored by United Hospital Fund…and Greater New York Hospital Association.” (November 2, 2015)

  • A New York Times article about senior-oriented technology referred readers to a new Next Step in Care guide—a new one about electronic organizers, monitors, sensors, and apps. (October 23, 2015)

  • United Hospital Fund's Gala was featured in New York Social Diary, including 20 photos of the honorees and other attendees. (October 20. 2015)

  • MD magazine published an article featuring Greg Burke, director of innovation strategies, and his perspectives on the medical home model. (September 18, 2015)

  • On WCNY radio's "Capitol Pressroom," Peter Newell, director of the Health Insurance Project, discussed the uncertain future of New York's Child Health Plus program, as well as options policymakers might consider to accommodate its beneficiaries should the program sunset. Scroll to 13:06 for the start of his segment. (August 17, 2015)

  • On WBAI radio's "Health Action," Chad Shearer, director of the Medicaid Institute, focused on the past, present, and future of New York's Medicaid program on the occasion of its 50th anniversary. Scroll to 32:56 for the start of his segment.  (August 17, 2015)

  • In a Wall Street Journal article about New York City's naturally occurring retirment communities, or NORCs, Fredda Vladeck, director of the Aging in Place Initiative, observed, "There needs to be a sense of community, an infrastructure." (August 5, 2015)

  • In a New York Times article on the "misuse or abuse" of the HIPAA law, the Fund's guide "HIPAA: Questions and Answers for Family Caregivers" was referenced, and Carol Levine, director of the Families and Health Care Project, observed that the law has become "an all-purpose excuse for things people don’t want to talk about." (July 17, 2015)

  • In a Washington Post article about a hospital-based program--akin to a "senior center without walls"-- Fredda Vladeck, director of the Aging in Place Initiative, noted, "Hospitals are trying...to change their image from places of sickness and death to ones of health and wellness." (July 6, 2015)

  • Skyline News reported on the more than 80 infectious disease physicians and pharmacists from 45 different hospitals who completed the inaugural offerening of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Certificate Program, which is led jointly by the United Hospital Fund and Greater New York Hospital Association. (June 1, 2015)

  • Offering practical tips, the United Hospital Fund publication A Family Caregiver’s Guide to Care Coordination was featured in a New York Times story on the multiple care coordinators who may be involved in a single patient’s care yet have little coordination among themselves. (April 13, 2015)

  • In a Kaiser Health News article that ran in media outlets nationwide about the lack of out-of-network coverage in New York’s health insurance marketplace, Peter Newell, director of the Health Insurance Project, discussed the history of New York’s individual insurance marketplace. (March 17, 2015)

  • The publication of a United Hospital Fund report on urgent care centers and retail clinics was the subject of an article in Albany Business Review. (February 9, 2015)

  • In a New York Times article about New York’s health exchange having registered two million for insurance, Jim Tallon, president of United Hospital Fund, is quoted, noting, “Having most people insured is the key to controlling long-term cost growth because it means you can manage care in a more effective way.” (February 4, 2015)

  • The Fund's published snapshot of the projects selected by the 25 Performing Provider Systems as part of their DSRIP application was reported on by Buffalo Business First. (January 20, 2015)

2014

  • In a segment on NBC's "Today" show, Carol Levine, director of the Families and Health Care Project, highlights the critical role family plays in long-term care. (December 10, 2014)
     
  • Philanthropy New York is among those reporting on the publication of the Fund's new compendium on statewide Medicaid data. (November 7, 2014)
     
  • For a feature in its magazine, Capital New York publishes the article "The Urgent-Care Boom," in which Greg Burke, director of innovation strategies, notes that an urgent care facility "isn't a medical home. It's a medical motel. You check in and check out." (October 29, 2014)
     
  • Media reporting on the Fund's 2014 Gala include New York Social Diary, which features 18 photos from the event. (October 7, 2014)
     
  • WMHT public television produces the episode "How to Age in Place" for its "AgeWise" series, in which Fredda Vladeck, director of the Fund's Aging in Place Initiative, explains what a NORC is and flags the key question, "How does a community help support older people to age in place?" (September 24, 2014)
     
  • The journal CareManagement publishes the article "Family Caregivers and Case Managers Working Together to Coordinate Care," written by Carol Levine, director of the Fund's Families and Health Care Project. (August/September 2014)
     
  • In a New York 1 story focused on recent changes by New York's Medicaid program to move beneficiaries requiring long-term care services away from fee-for-service payments to a managed care model, Jim Tallon, president of United Hospital Fund, observes, "The costs of the Medicaid program aren't skyrocketing at this point and that was a threat to every Medicaid beneficiary." (July 28, 2014)
     
  • Forbes publishes an article that highlights Project RED, a discharge planning tool used by hundreds of hospitals nationally, and its new tool, developed jointly by the Fund and Boston University Medical Center, that provides a template for engaging family caregivers in the discharge process. (June 4, 2014)
     
  • "Covering Health," a blog of the Association of Health Care Journalists, focuses on the report issued jointly by the Fund and AARP Public Policy Institute that shows spouses who act as the primary family caregiver routinely perform complex medical and bursing tasks without adequate in-home support from health care professionals. (April 24, 2014)
     
  • In a New York Times article chronicling the story behind the success of New York's health benefit exchange, Peter Newell, director of the Health Insurance Project is quoted, noting that, "in New York, you could sidestep a lot of problems" experienced elsewhere because the State had already implemented many of the Affordable Care Act requirements long before the law was enacted. (April 13, 2014)
     
  • The New York Times publishes an article explaining the difference between hospital inpatient and observation status for Medicare beneficiaies, quoting Carol Levine, director of the Families and Health Care Project, who cautions that the charges for patients under Part B, if the patient is under observation status, can add up. (March 18, 2014)
     
  • Bankrate.com publishes an article about NORC programs, quoting Fredda Vladeck, director of the Aging in Place Initiative, who cautions that, without sufficient funding, the NORC program model, while very promising, may not "reach its potential." (February 28, 2014)
     
  • President Jim Tallon explains that payment models in health care are moving away from fee for service, and will more often focus on  "population management, capitation, bundled payments," in a Capital magazine article about the Mount Sinai/Continuum deal. (February 27, 2014)
     
  • In a WNYC radio story examining enrollment to date in New York's insurance exchange, Peter Newell, director of the Health Insurance Project, says he is encouraged to see that people are taking advantage of subsidies and that there's a nice mix of insurance products that enrollees have selected. (January 14, 2014)

 

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