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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.

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.

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?

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. 

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. 

UHF Releases Toolkit to Assist Hospitals in Implementing New York State’s CARE Act

Release Date: 02.16.2017
Contact: Catherine Arnst

A step-by-step toolkit helps hospitals meet CARE Act requirements to engage family caregivers in discharge planning and prepare them for the complex post-discharge care they wil be providing. 

United Hospital Fund Releases Two Guides to Help Patients, Family Caregivers Understand What to Expect During Transition from Hospital to Home Care

Release Date: 02.16.2017
Contact: Catherine Arnst

New York State’s 2.6 million unpaid family caregivers, like their 40 million counterparts across the United States, are performing increasingly complex medical and nursing tasks for family members and friends, particularly after patients are discharged from a hospital to home care. The United Hospital Fund is releasing two free guides today to help patients and their family caregivers understand new hospital discharge rules laid out by New York State’s Caregiver Advise, Record, and Enable (CARE) Act, which went into effect in April 2016.

Carol Levine: No Caregiver Is an Island, Though It May Seem That Way

Release Date: 12.12.2016

Meeting specific needs, not a one-size-fits-all approach, is what will really help the growing population of caregivers.

Carol Levine Named One of Top 50 “2016 Influencers in Aging”

Release Date: 10.27.2016

Carol Levine honored by Next Avenue.

New Report by United Hospital Fund and AARP Public Policy Institute Probes Family Caregivers’ Perspectives on Medication Management, Wound Care, and Video Instruction

Release Date: 09.29.2016
Contact: Mary Johnson

A joint report from UHF and AARP Public Policy Institute looking at family caregiver perspectives on medication management, wound care, and video instruction.

Carol Levine: Demystifying the Language of Health Care and Social Services

Release Date: 08.23.2016

This commentary by Carol Levine was originally published on Aging Today's blog.

Carol Levine: Carer, Caregiver—What’s in a Name?

Release Date: 04.21.2016

This commentary by Carol Levine was originally published on the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association’s “Families and Health” blog.

United Hospital Fund Awards $597,193 in Grants to Improve Health Care Services in New York

Release Date: 02.19.2016
Contact: Bob de Luna

United Hospital Fund announced 12 grants, totaling $597,193, for projects to build a more effective health care system for every New Yorker.

United Hospital Fund Online Guide Helps Family Caregivers Evaluate New Technologies

Release Date: 12.01.2015
Contact: Miles Finley

A new online guide presents questions family caregivers should consider when deciding whether to buy an electronic product or service to assist with the care of their family member.

Carol Levine: How Physicians Can Work More Effectively with Family Caregivers

Release Date: 09.18.2015

In a two-part interview by MD magazine, Carol Levine, director of the Familes and Health Care Project at United Hospital Fund, offers physicians advice on how they can help family caregivers.

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