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Medicaid in New York: Fostering Collaboration to Improve Health

Release Date: 08.09.2018
Contact: Catherine Arnst

NYS Medicaid Director Donna Frescatore discssues the success of payment reform at UHF's 2018 Medicaid Conference.

Examining Opioid Epidemic’s Impact on Children and Families

Release Date: 08.01.2018
Contact: Catherine Arnst

Largely lost in all the coverage of the current opioid epidemic are the effects on the children of addicted parents. A new UHF project seeks to examine and address the epidemic’s impact on mental health, development, and family responsibilities.

Quietly, Pioneering UHF Work Helps Ensure Access to Care

Release Date: 07.31.2018
Contact: Catherine Arnst

Given the delicate one-step-forward/one-back dance on health insurance coverage and access to care, the work of UHF’s Health Insurance Project and Medicaid Institute is playing an important role in supporting major advances and analyzing impending threats in New York State.

President’s Letter: Is Health Care Quality Improving?

Release Date: 07.31.2018
Contact: Catherine Arnst

Asking whether health care quality is really improving may not be the right question at all.

Grant Spotlight: Partnerships Strengthen Response to At-Risk Children’s Needs

Release Date: 07.31.2018
Contact: Catherine Arnst

Partnerships for Early Childhood Development moves on to Phase II—and improved referrals for critical psychosocial needs.

A Two-Pronged Approach to Antibiotic Resistance

Release Date: 07.31.2018
Contact: Catherine Arnst

UHF addresses a public health crisis on two tracks: analyzing the problem and changing practice.

Quality Fellows Showcase Impact of Final Projects

Release Date: 07.31.2018
Contact: Catherine Arnst

Clinical Quality Fellowship Program capstone projects illustrate the diversity of the latest class of graduates—and the challenges that quality leaders are tackling.

New Report Identifies NYC Neighborhoods Where Medicaid Might Better Support Members’ Health by Addressing Housing Insecurity

Release Date: 07.26.2018
Contact: Catherine Arnst

A UHF report identifies NYC neighborhoods where Medicaid might improve access to health care by addressing the housing needs. 

Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship Project Leads to Drop in Prescribing

Release Date: 07.13.2018
Contact: Catherine Arnst

Improved antibiotic prescribing practices reported at final meeting of Phase II of the Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship Initiative.

Early Childhood Initiative Screens Very Young Children for Psychosocial Needs, Finds Families Most Need Child Care and Adult Education

Release Date: 07.12.2018
Contact: Catherine Arnst

An early childhood initiative that partnered 11 health systems withcommunity-based organizations screened 5,534 very young children and their caregivers in New York City over the past year for socioeconomic factors that can affect a child’s health.

United Hospital Fund Launches Second Phase of Early Childhood Development Initiative to Address Social and Economic Factors Affecting Children’s Health

Release Date: 07.09.2018
Contact: Catherine Arnst

UHF launched the second phase of its Partnerships for Early Childhood Development initiative to address social determinants affecting the health of very young children

 

Report Finds Wide Variation in Unnecessary Antibiotic Prescribing for NYS Medicaid Patients

Release Date: 06.22.2018
Contact: Catherine Arnst

An analysis of potentially inappropriate antibiotic prescribing patterns among New York’s Medicaid population found wide variations in prescribing rates.

Health Department, United Hospital Fund and Partners Release Joint Report on Small Primary Care Practices in New York City

Release Date: 06.14.2018
Contact: Catherine Arnst

The Population Health Improvement Program (PHIP) report is intended to help small practices and their potential partners understand the economics of shared-services

In Wake of Individual Mandate Penalty Repeal, Federal Association Plan Rule Could Further Destabilize NY Markets

Release Date: 06.08.2018
Contact: Catherine Arnst

A proposed federal rule on association health plans could alter Affordable Care Act (ACA) provisions and roll back gains New York State has made, a new HealthWatch report finds. Under the new rule, New Yorkers would see higher costs for individuals and small groups seeking comprehensive coverage.

Small Primary Care Practices that Offer Behavioral Health Services Successfully Identifying Patients at Risk of Depression

Release Date: 05.30.2018
Contact: Catherine Arnst

Small primary care practices participating in a grant-funded project that is helping them bring behavioral health services into their practices say they are successfully identifying at-risk individuals and improving quality of care, a new UHF issue brief reports.

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