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Carol Levine: 8 Myths About Aging and Long-Term Care

Release Date: 10.18.2018
Contact: Catherine Arnst

Carol Levine explodes eight myths about aging and long-term care that are deeply entrenched in American society. 

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.

29th Annual Symposium on Health Care Services in New York: Research and Practice—Call for Posters

Release Date: 03.22.2018
Contact: Hollis Holmes

Abstracts of posters to be considered for presentation at the annual Research Symposium may now be submitted, with a deadline of June 22, 2018.

Carol Levine: Getting Ready for Medicare’s New ID Cards: What Providers and Beneficiaries Need to Know and Do

Release Date: 03.15.2018
Contact: Catherine Arnst

New Medicare ID cards, meant to reduce identity theft, require updates to providers' office systems—and some guidance and reassurance for patients.

Carol Levine: The Statistics Don’t Capture the Opioid Epidemic’s Impact on Children

Release Date: 01.08.2018
Contact: Catherine Arnst

When parents become addicted to opioids or die of an overdose, their children also bear the burden—yet children are rarely the focus of concerted planning and action to combat this new pandemic, writes Carol Levine in a commentary in the national publication STAT.

Crain’s Health Pulse Interview: “New UHF President Sets Policy Agenda Amid D.C.’s Ever-Changing Health Care Landscape”

Release Date: 12.18.2017
Contact: Catherine Arnst

Crain’s New York York Health Pulse interviews UHF President Anthony Shih, MD, MPH, about health care trends.

Family Caregiving Summit: Innovations Needed for Overlooked Groups of Caregivers

Release Date: 12.15.2017
Contact: Catherine Arnst

Speakers at a family caregiving summit said much more needs to be done to support young caregivers and isolated caregivers in rural areas.

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

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