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United Hospital Fund Receives Grant from New York State Health Foundation to Study Ways to Improve Discharge Planning by Improving Patient and Family Communications

Release Date: 10.20.2017
Contact: Catherine Arnst

UHF was awarded a grant of $219,606 by the New York State Health Foundation to improve the ability of patients and their families to make the best possible decisions about post-actue care. 

New York State a Leader in Implementing Patient-Centered Medical Home, but Growth Slowing

Release Date: 10.19.2017
Contact: Catherine Arnst

United Hospital Fund reports that growth in the number of providers offering patient-centered medical homes is starting to slow in New York State, and small independent primary care practices have been much slower to adopt the model.

Carol Levine: Can You Get Paid to Take Care of Your Mom?

Release Date: 10.19.2017
Contact: Catherine Arnst

Caregivers may be able to receive reimbursement for their time caring for family members. Here are a number of possibilities.

Board Member Eileen Sullivan-Marx Named Nursing Academy President-Elect

Release Date: 10.10.2017
Contact: Catherine Arnst

UHF Board member Eileen Sullivan-Marx has been named president-elect of the American Academy of Nursing.

Measures that Matter: Team Seeks Data that Consumers Can Use for Health Care Decisions

Release Date: 10.04.2017
Contact: Catherine Arnst

For New Yorkers trying to choose a doctor or hospital, finding valid, relevant, and accessible quality comparisons is remarkably difficult. A Quality Institute project is tackling the problem, examining publicly available quality measures, what consumers most want to know, and the obstacles to finding that information.

United Hospital Fund Recognizes Four New Yorkers for Their Leadership to Improve Health and Health Care

Release Date: 10.03.2017
Contact: Catherine Arnst

United Hospital Fund paid tribute tonight at its annual gala to leaders in philanthropy, banking, and health care—James H. Simons, PhD, Priscilla Almodovar, Robert Gore, MD, and James R. Tallon, Jr.—in recognition of their important contributions to improving health and health care. 

A Message from Tony Shih

Release Date: 09.12.2017
Contact: Catherine Arnst

UHF’s new president, Tony Shih, MD, MPH, introduces himself and looks to the future.

Carol Levine: Can a Medicare Beneficiary Assigned to Observation Services Appeal the Decision?

Release Date: 08.16.2017
Contact: Catherine Arnst

“Observation” instead of “inpatient” status can cost patients and their families thousands of dollars, both for their hospital stays and following rehab services. A decision allowing a class action suit against HHS and CMS may finally alter that.

A New Chapter: Anthony Shih, MD, MPH, Becomes UHF President

Release Date: 08.14.2017
Contact: Catherine Arnst

Dr. Anthony Shih 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.

Medicaid in New York: Innovating in an Era of Uncertainty

Release Date: 08.09.2017
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The themes of innovation and efficiency ran through UHF's annual Medicaid Conference, held July 20, 2017, at the New York Academy of Medicine and attended by more than 450 people.

Aiming for “Best Practices”: UHF Learning Collaborative Focuses on Outpatient Antibiotic Use

Release Date: 08.08.2017
Contact: Catherine Arnst

UHF’s Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship Initiative has entered its second stage, with participating health systems and hospitals joining in a Learning Collaborative to improve prescribing for adults with acute respiratory infections.

Jim Tallon: Health Care’s Circular Journey

Release Date: 08.01.2017
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A look back over the past decades shows tremendous progress—and a would-be retreat that threatens the health care of millions.

Nonprofit and Nursing Leaders Elected to UHF Board

Release Date: 07.27.2017
Contact: Catherine Arnst

United Hospital Fund (UHF) announced today that Jennifer L. Howse, PhD, and Eileen M. Sullivan-Marx, PhD, RN, FAAN, have been elected to its board of directors.

New York State Medicaid Director Announces Initiative for Young Children at UHF Conference

Release Date: 07.25.2017
Contact: Catherine Arnst

New York 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. 

Learning Collaborative: How Do We Prioritize Patients’ Goals?

Release Date: 07.19.2017
Contact: Catherine Arnst

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 took place at United Hospital Fund on June 20. A project of UHF’s Quality Institute, PROPC–NY, supported by a $300,000 grant from the Engelberg Foundation, aims to better capture how patients experience and evaluate their own health care, in order to improve care planning and its impact.    

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