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Report Looks at Patient Decision-Making About Post-Acute Care

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United Hospital Fund conducted a year-long inquiry, supported by the New York State Health Foundation, to better understand why hospital discharge planning can fall short despite well-intentioned efforts by hospital staff. The first in a series of reports based on that work, Difficult Decisions About Post-Acute Care and Why They Matterspotlights the many factors that can hinder informed decision-making and limit care choices.

UHF Releases Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship Toolkit

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UHF released Antibiotic Stewardship for Acute Respiratory Infections—The Milstein Toolkit for Ambulatory Care Practices to help outpatient practices manage antibiotic prescribing. 

NY Individual Market Held Ground

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A new UHF report finds that New York State’s individual health insurance market largely held its ground in 2017, but it is still sicker and more costly than that of most other states.

UHF’s 2018 Gala and Outstanding Honorees

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Two remarkable individuals and an exceptional organization were honored at United Hospital Fund’s 2018 Gala held October 1, which drew more than 500 attendees and raised almost $1.3 million to support UHF’s work. 

Stable Housing, Stable Health

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A new UHF HealthWatch identifies New York City neighborhoods with high levels of housing insecurity, health care utilization, and Medicaid enrollment, and illustrates potential opportunities for Medicaid providers to address housing issues to support delivery of higher-quality care and improve health outcomes.

Outpatient Antibiotic Study Published

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A UHF study published in the journal Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology illustrates the need for robust outpatient antibiotic stewardship programs.

Screening Young Children for Social Needs

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UHF has been helping health care providers partner with community-based organizations to screen for needed social or developmental services. One year in, the Partnerships for Early Childhood Development initiative offers valuable insights.

Potentially Inappropriate Antibiotic Use Assessed

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A new analysis of potentially inappropriate antibiotic prescribing patterns for Medicaid beneficiaries has found wide variations based on patient age, gender, race/ethnicity, county of residence, and individual insurance plans.

Helping Small Practices Grow into Medical Homes

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A report from the New York City Population Health Improvement Program, in which UHF is a partner, examines a shared-services model that could help small practices serve as medical homes and succeed in value-based payment arrangements.

Proposed Federal Rule Threatens New York’s ACA Gains

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A proposed federal rule on association health plans could alter Affordable Care Act (ACA) provisions and roll back gains New York State has made. Under the new rule, New Yorkers would see higher costs for individuals and small groups seeking comprehensive coverage.

Small Practices Report Progress on Integrating Behavioral Health Services

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An innovative incremental approach to integrating behavioral health care into primary care is bringing that challenging goal within reach—and improving the quality of patient care—for small practices participating in a pioneering pilot.

UHF Honors 26 Health Care Trustees

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Trustees from metropolitan-area hospitals and health care organizations were honored for their extraordinary commitment and leadership at this year's Tribute.

Shearer Provides City Council Testimony on Public Hospital Challenges, Progress

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In invited testimony before the New York City Council Committee on Hospitals, UHF Vice President Chad Shearer laid out the importance of the Health + Hospitals safety net and the need to ensure it sustains its vital role.

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

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Our latest annual report highlights some of the challenges we’ve addressed over the past year and the strategies we’re using to help build a more effective health care system for every New Yorker, especially the most vulnerable.

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