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Antimicrobial Stewardship in Outpatient Facilities

Publication Date: 05.12.2016
Author: Belinda Ostrowsky, MD, MPH, Priya Nori, MD, and Gopi Patel, MD

An overview of outpatient antimicrobial stewardship, antibiotic prescribing rates in different contexts, and examples of successful interventions to improve antibiotic prescribing.

Capitation and the Evolving Roles of Providers and Payers in New York

Publication Date: 05.05.2016
Author: Gregory C. Burke, Suzanne C. Brundage, and Nathan Myers

This report describes the basics of capitation, spelling out the range of new skills and capacities required by providers to be successful at it, as well as implications for providers, health plans, consumers, and policymakers.

Performance of New York’s Accountable Care Organizations in Year 2 of the Medicare Shared Savings Program

Publication Date: 04.18.2016
Author: Greg Burke and Suzanne Brundage

Accountable care organizations have now been participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program long enough for year-over-year comparisons and additional analysis of factors affecting providers’ performance. This report analyzes CMS data on both quality and financial performance for participating programs in New York.

Blueprint, Spring 2016

Publication Date: 04.15.2016

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.

The Next Wave: The Impact of Two New Proposed Mergers on New York’s Health Insurance Market

Publication Date: 03.24.2016
Author: Peter Newell and Nikhita Thaper

A Big Picture snapshot report examining two new proposed mergers of large health plans, focusing on the implications for New York markets.

A New Arena for Reducing Antibiotic Misuse: Outpatient Care

Publication Date: 03.24.2016
Author: Hillary Jalon and Anne-Marie Audet, M.D.

Health Affairs Blog reports on United Hospital Fund's new Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship Initiative.

Quality Collaborative, Winter 2016

Publication Date: 03.09.2016

This issue features highlights from the past year of the IMPACT to Reduce Readmissions Collaborative, featuring education to improve care transitions through more effective communication.

Short-Term Rehabilitation Services in an Inpatient Setting

Publication Date: 03.07.2016

This Next Step in Care guide provides need-to-know information about rehab, including types of settings and services, basic facts about paying for rehab, and what patients and family caregivers can expect from the transition from a hospital to a rehab setting or program.

After the Reinsurance Is Gone: A New Challenge for New York's Individual Market

Publication Date: 03.03.2016
Author: Peter Newell and Nikhita Thaper

A Big Picture snapshot report that examines the federal Transitional Reinsurance Program and what might provide premium-stabilizing effects after the program expires in 2016.

Health Care 2021: A Vision for New York

Publication Date: 02.17.2016

Held February 9, 2016, the conference "Health Care 2021,"  co-sponsored by United Hospital Fund and New York State Health Foundation, is summarized.

Blueprint, Winter 2016

Publication Date: 02.10.2016

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.

Seizing the Moment: Strengthening Children's Primary Care in New York

Publication Date: 01.07.2016
Author: Suzanne Brundage

An analysis of New York’s momentous opportunity to improve the health and well-being of children through a renewed focus on early childhood development in primary care, with key considerations and challenges for scaling and sustaining effective innovations.

Levers of Change

Publication Date: 12.17.2015

This year's annual report highlights how UHF's strategic use of resources to target key levers of change is helping move health care reform from theory to reality, to create concrete improvements in the delivery of care—and in its outcomes—for all New Yorkers.

Navigating the New York State Value-Based Payment Roadmap

Publication Date: 11.23.2015
Author: Rob Houston, Katherine J. Heflin, and Tricia McGinnis

A guide distilling and explaining the New York State Roadmap for Medicaid Payment Reform, which lays out New York’s ambitious goals of moving toward value-based payment from a fee-for-service model.

Quality Collaborative, Fall 2015

Publication Date: 11.20.2015

The fall issue of Quality Collaborative features the first update since the launch of our Antimicrobial Stewardship Program, which is helping metropolitan-area hospitals to establish or improve their antibiotic management practices.

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