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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
Featured in this issue: eliciting family caregivers’ perspectives on their complex responsibilities, to shape better training materials for them; the uncertain new health care landscape; tailoring value-based payment measures to children’s needs; UHF’s annual Gala; and much more.
Featured in this issue: a new framework to assist practices in integrating behavioral and mental health care and primary care; what it will take to define and fully implement "patient engagement"; promoting stronger provider/family caregiver partnerships; quality improvement advances; UHF's annual Tribute to Hospital Trustees; and much more.
With the launch of the Quality Institute at United Hospital Fund, UHF is significantly expanding its decade-long health care quality activities. Also in this issue: essentials for a “golden age” of health care; addressing immigrants’ barriers to care; a new class of Clinical Quality Fellows; new tools for supporting seniors’ health; keeping insurance premiums stable; and more.
A new UHF initiative is working to ensure that the unique health needs of children—especially those facing poverty and trauma—are integral to health care reform. Also in this issue: building true partnerships between community-based organizations and health care providers; support for parents of medically complex children; a new guide to tech products and apps aimed at family caregivers; expansion of UHF's antibiotic stewardship efforts; risk sharing between providers and payers; honoring health care leadership at the annual Gala; board news; and more.
Pursuing broad adoption of “advanced primary care” is an ambitious part of New York State’s health agenda, and UHF is helping develop a strategic plan for promoting this model approach in New York City. Also in this issue: a renewed focus on child health; preventing infections in home care patients; understanding family caregivers’ needs and preferences for learning tools; promoting the safer use of antibiotics; saluting hospital trustees’ service; and new staff and board appointments.
Together on Diabetes-NYC, the Fund's model community partnership that's helping seniors manage their chronic illness, marks a new phase. Plus: a Q&A on urgent care centers and retail clinics; a telehealth project that enlists home care aides; changes in the small group insurance market; the latest class of Clinical Quality Fellows; a new Fund board member; and much more.
New York's Medicaid program is at the heart of the major reforms in the State's health care system, and the Fund's Medicaid Institute is playing a vital role in shaping those changes. This issue's cover story explores the Institute's work and expectations for the coming year. Plus: Jim Tallon on perceptions of health care reform, and features on the challenges of creating healthier behaviors, fighting "superbugs" through a new partnership, the annual Gala, and much more.
The Fund's Preventable Hospital Readmission Initiative is helping create new practices and protocols to reduce avoidable readmissions among specific high-risk patient populations; this issue's cover story looks at the early experiences of four participating institutions. Plus: Jim Tallon on New York's model health care reforms; a hospital-based program offers family caregivers essential information and support; insurance market shifts documented; and much more.
A first look at New York State of Health, the new health insurance marketplace; Jim Tallon on the importance of patients' experiences of our dramatically changing health care system; helping patients get the nonmedical services they need through Fund grant-supported Health Leads; patient-centered medical homes; reducing hospital readmissions; the Clinical Quality Fellowship Program; Together on Diabetes; the Hospital Auxilian and Volunteer Achievement Awards; new grants...and more, in the March 2014 Blueprint.
The fall/winter 2013 issue of Blueprint explores the Fund/GNYHA Clinical Quality Fellowship Program, an intensive training and mentoring experience that is creating a new generation of quality champions to lead patient safety and quality improvement efforts. Also featured: Jim Tallon on New York's long-term health care reform efforts; an innovative effort to treat depression within the primary care setting; the Fund's annual gala; and more news of the Fund's latest program initiatives.
Resources for family caregivers and health care providers are available at our Next Step in Care website.