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PECD Learning Collaborative: Getting to Know You

Release Date: 06.13.2017
Contact: Catherine Arnst

Building working relationships was the challenge at the first Partnerships for Early Childhood Development learning collaborative meeting, when health care providers and community agencies, many of them strangers to each other, brainstormed on a common vision.

Carol Levine: Implementing the CARE Act: What’s Working? What’s Not?

Release Date: 06.12.2017
Contact: Catherine Arnst

It’s been a year since New York State’s CARE Act went into effect, with the goal of ensuring that patients know they can name a family caregiver before they’re discharged from the hospital. Is it making a difference?

Congressional “Repeal and Replace” Health Plan Ill-Suited and Destructive for New York

Release Date: 06.08.2017
Contact: Catherine Arnst

The American Health Care Act (AHCA), approved by the U.S. House of Representatives and currently under consideration by the U.S. Senate, would undermine the dramatic insurance coverage gains that New York has realized under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), destabilize the individual market, and increase premiums and cost-sharing for lower-income individuals, particularly those under 35, a new UHF report finds.

New Report Outlines Ways to Strengthen Consumer Access to Provider Networks in New York State

Release Date: 05.23.2017
Contact: Catherine Arnst

With health insurance premiums rising, delivery system reforms reshaping how services are provided, and the future of the Affordable Care Act in doubt, a United Hospital Fund report released today outlines ways to help consumers choose and use provider networks, and access timely care through stronger safeguards and improved disclosure.

Jim Tallon: Breaking a Fifty-Year Compact

Release Date: 05.19.2017
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The approach taken by the latest health care proposal would break a 50-year federal-state compact and threaten New York’s coverage and quality achievements.

Clinical Quality Fellows: Agents of Health Care Change

Release Date: 05.19.2017
Contact: Catherine Arnst

The latest graduating class of Clinical Quality Fellows are addressing the challenges of increasing system-wide connections and patient-centered care.

New Report Probes Hospital Patients’ Refusal of Home Care Services and the Impact on Readmissions and Outcomes

Release Date: 05.15.2017
Contact: Catherine Arnst

United Hospital Fund (UHF) and the Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation (the Alliance) today released a report titled, “I Can Take Care of Myself!”: Patients’ Refusals of Home Health Care Services, on the under-examined issue of patients who refuse home health care services when they are discharged from inpatient care. Such refusals can lead to higher rates of readmission to the hospital and a lower quality of life. 

Op-Ed: Congress’ Health Care Reform Fails New York’s Children

Release Date: 05.05.2017
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The potentially devastating consequences of the proposed American Health Care Act for New York’s children are discussed by Suzanne Brundage, program director, Children's Health Initiative, and Patricia S. Levinson Fellow at UHF, in a  Crain’s New York Business op-ed.

Anthony Shih, MD, MPH, Will Become New UHF President

Release Date: 05.03.2017
Contact: Catherine Arnst

Anthony Shih, MD, MPH, will become president of United Hospital Fund on August 14, UHF Chairman J. Barclay Collins II has announced. Dr. Shih was named after a national search for a successor to James R. Tallon, Jr., who will retire after leading UHF for 24 years.

United Hospital Fund Honors 31 Health Care Trustees

Release Date: 05.01.2017
Contact: Catherine Arnst

United Hospital Fund (UHF) presented Distinguished Trustee Awards to 31 trustees from New York metropolitan area hospitals and health care organizations at a luncheon today at Cipriani 42nd Street. The honorees were recognized for their extraordinary leadership and service to hospitals, nursing homes, and home care organizations throughout the five boroughs of New York City and neighboring Long Island, Westchester, and New Jersey.

UHF Kicks Off Learning Collaborative to Help Hospital-Community Partnerships Help Children

Release Date: 04.27.2017
Contact: Catherine Arnst

The Partnerships for Early Childhood Development, addressing social determinants of health, brings pediatric primary care and social service agencies together for the initial webinar of its Learning Collaborative, to boost skills and share experiences.

United Hospital Fund, Seven Hospitals Expand Efforts to Improve Antibiotic Prescribing for Outpatients in New York City

Release Date: 04.26.2017
Contact: Catherine Arnst

 United Hospital Fund (UHF) announced today that it is launching Stage II of its Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship Initiative to improve antibiotic prescribing for outpatients across New York City, working with seven hospitals and health systems encompassing 35 outpatient practices.

New Central Line Guide a Key Component of Patient Safety in Home Care Settings

Release Date: 03.16.2017
Contact: Catherine Arnst

United Hospital Fund (UHF) today released a detailed guide for home care patients and their family caregivers that explains in straightforward text and graphics how to safely maintain a peripherally inserted central catheter, familiarly known as a PICC line—an intravenous line used to administer fluids, blood products, medications, and chemotherapy. 

Suzanne Brundage: Near-Universal Children’s Coverage: New York’s Threatened Legacy

Release Date: 03.16.2017
Contact: Catherine Arnst

With an uncertain future for Medicaid it is vital to reflect on the efforts behind New York’s remarkable, and hard-won, rate of health insurance coverage for its children, and on the planned improvements that are at stake.

United Hospital Fund Launches Partnerships for Early Childhood Development with NYC Hospitals to Screen and Address Social and Economic Factors Affecting Children’s Health

Release Date: 03.08.2017
Contact: Catherine Arnst

United Hospital Fund (UHF) announced a new initiative, Partnerships for Early Childhood Development, to support 11 New York City hospitals and their community partners in a year-long effort to help pediatric primary care practices initiate, expand, or improve on efforts to screen children ages 0-5 for social and environmental risks that interfere with healthy development, and connect them with the services that can address those risks. 

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