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Blueprint, Summer 2018

Publication Date: 07.31.2018

Our cover story looks at the critical importance of health insurance coverage and access to care—and UHF’s role in supporting major advances and analyzing impending threats in New York State; Tony Shih considers whether asking if health care is improving is really the right question; Partnerships for Early Childhood Development moves on to improving referral and feedback processes for connecting at-risk children and families with needed services; UHF initiatives analyze and target antibiotic misprescribing and a host of other quality improvement challenges; a new report posits “shared services” as a way to help small primary care practices become medical homes; and much more.

Blueprint, Spring 2018

Publication Date: 04.18.2018

Identifying and addressing patient needs is a theme running through the Spring 2018 Blueprint, with a cover story on two Quality Institute projects focused on patient-provider communication and health outcomes, and features on two other initiatives targeting patient's concerns and needs—New York State's First 1000 Days on Medicaid initiative, in which UHF plays a leadership role, and our own Partnerships for Early Childhood Development. Reinforcing the theme of effective clinical-community partnerships, Tony Shih's President's Letter speaks to the role of such collaborations in health care's "value equation." And a brief story on UHF's strategic "refresh" looks at how we're clarifying our mission.

Annual Report 2017: Quality and Efficiency

Publication Date: 02.14.2018

A Look Back—and Ahead: UHF’s Annual Report

Publication Date: 02.14.2018

UHF’s latest annual report highlights our work over the past year to build a more effective health care system for all New Yorkers.

Empowering New Yorkers with Quality Measures That Matter to Them

Publication Date: 12.12.2017
Author: Lynn Rogut, Pooja Kothari, and Anne-Marie J. Audet

A comprehensive report on health care quality measurement and public reporting in New York, prepared with funding support from New York State Health Foundation.

Blueprint, Fall-Winter 2017

Publication Date: 12.07.2017

UHF President Tony Shih discusses our newly articulated core values; our pioneering work to better serve elderly New Yorkers gains a broader audience; progress in our Partnerships for Early Childhood Development; and more...

New York Medicare ACO Performance: Cost and Quality Results Raise Bigger Questions

Publication Date: 12.05.2017
Author: Gregory Burke and Roopa Mahadevan

This HealthWatch focuses on the financial performance of accountable care organizations based in New York State in 2016, and compares their quality performance to that of similar programs nationwide.

How Primary Care Can Move Towards a Patient-Centered and Outcomes-Focused Approach to Care Management

Publication Date: 11.13.2017
Author: Gene Nelson, MD

This presentation from the PROPC-NY learning collaborative's fourth webinar demonstrates how using a variety of outcomes and experience measures together can advance understanding of what patients value and where they fall within a "compass" of outcomes, experience, and cost.

Quality Collaborative, Fall 2017

Publication Date: 11.08.2017

The cover story of this issue reports on an intensive effort training nursing home staff in setting up and sustaining antibiotic stewardship programs.

Blueprint, Summer 2017

Publication Date: 08.01.2017

An introduction to incoming UHF President Tony Shih, tributes to retiring UHF President Jim Tallon, Jim’s look back at the major trends in health care during his tenure, and more.

The Clinical Quality Fellowship Program: Developing Clinical Quality Leadership in the Greater New York Region

Publication Date: 07.14.2017
Author: Rohit Bhalla, MD, MPH; Hillary S. Jalon, MS; and Lorraine Ryan, MPA, Esq

The Institute of Medicine has noted that a key factor underlying patient safety problems in the United States is a paucity of quality and safety training programs for clinicians. The Greater New York Hospital Association and United Hospital Fund created the Clinical Quality Fellowship Program (CQFP) to develop quality improvement leaders in the New York region, and this article describes the CQFP’s structure and curriculum, program participants’ perceived value, improvement projects, and career paths. 

Advanced Primary Care (APC) Quality Improvement Resource Compendia

Publication Date: 06.05.2017

Supporting the quality improvement efforts of primary care practices in New York’s APC program, two compendia of resources cover the 26 quality measures of the APC Core Measure Set. 

Advanced Primary Care Core Measure Set

Publication Date: 05.15.2017

Aiding practices in New York State's Advanced Primary Care (APC) program, the APC Core Measure Set consists of 28 measures providing multipayer performance data across six domains.

Blueprint, Spring 2017

Publication Date: 04.24.2017

UHF’s Partnerships for Early Childhood Development initiative links primary care and social services agencies to identify and address social determinants of health that pose particular risks to children 5 and under. Also in this issue: the upending of a historic federal-state partnership on Medicaid; enlisting health care in preventing homelessness; the latest class of Clinical Quality Fellows; engaging family caregivers before patients’ hospital discharge; and much more.

Bronx Behavioral Health Integration Project and Patient-Reported Outcomes

Publication Date: 04.24.2017
Author: Henry Chung, MD

An overview of behavioral health screening and follow up in an urban primary care practice setting, and lessons for workflow and quality monitoring, are the focus of this PROPC-NY learning collaborative webinar presentation.

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