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  • Carer, Caregiver, What's in a Name?

    Carer, Caregiver, What's in a Name? This commentary by Carol Levine was originally published on the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association's “Families and Health” blog. The following commentary, written by Carol Levine, director of the Families and Health Care Project, was ...

  • No Caregiver Is an Island, Though It May Seem That Way

    No Caregiver Is an Island, Though It May Seem That Way Meeting specific needs, not a one-size-fits-all approach, is what will really help the growing population of caregivers. Here is what we know: the population is aging. Older adults typically ...

  • Op-Ed: Congress' Health Care Reform Fails New York's Children

    Op-Ed: Congress' Health Care Reform Fails New York's Children The potentially devastating consequences of the proposed American Health Care Act for New York's children are discussed by Suzanne Brundage, program director, Children's Health Initiative, and Patricia S. Levinson Fellow at ...

  • Can a Medicare Beneficiary Assigned to Observation Services Appeal the Decision?

    Can a Medicare Beneficiary Assigned to Observation Services Appeal the Decision? “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 ...

  • Interest in Early Childhood Health Leads to Three Funders Working Together

    Interest in Early Childhood Health Leads to Three Funders Working Together UHF, the Altman Foundation, and The New York Community Trust model grantmaker collaboration with their joint Partnerships for Early Childhood Development initiative. This commentary, written by Suzanne Brundage of ...

  • To Increase Value, Go Beyond Health Care

    To Increase Value, Go Beyond Health Care Increasing the “value equation”—and overall health—requires going beyond the health care system to engage in effective clinical-community partnerships. One of the most vexing issues in the U.S. health care system ...

  • Tony Shih: 2018 Annual Report Message

    Tony Shih: 2018 Annual Report Message "Ultimately, the goal of a health system should be to produce better health. And while health insurance coverage and access to care are vital to making this happen, they are not sufficient. So what ...

  • The “Last Mile” of Delivery System Innovation

    The “Last Mile” of Delivery System Innovation The "last mile" of delivery system innovation: the challenge of spreading promising practices throughout the health care system. The last mile problem generally refers to the difficulty of delivering goods or services to ...

  • COVID-19, Cities, and Health

    COVID-19, Cities, and Health How can cities become more resilient? To effectively promote the health and well-being of city residents, there needs to be alignment of health care, transportation, education, housing, economic development, and other sectors. Population density is one ...

  • Examining the State of Telehealth During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Examining the State of Telehealth During the COVID-19 Pandemic Telehealth has played a critical role during the COVID-19 pandemic and may have a long-lasting impact on the U.S. health care system. This commentary presents recent data from FAIR Health ...

  • Can You Provide Pre-existing Condition Protections Without the ACA? It’s Not So Easy

    Can You Provide Pre-existing Condition Protections Without the ACA? It’s Not So Easy Peter Newell, director of UHF’s Health Insurance Project, highlights the numerous ways ACA provisions protect consumers with pre-existing conditions. With a lawsuit seeking the repeal ...

  • To Advance Health Equity, We Must Bridge Gaps in Health Data and Measurement

    To Advance Health Equity, We Must Bridge Gaps in Health Data and Measurement UHF's senior medical officer, Anne-Marie J. Audet, MD, MSc, looks at how the pandemic has underscored long-standing data issues that pose significant barriers to both measuring and ...

  • Provider-Payer Collaboration Could Strengthen Vaccine Adoption

    Provider-Payer Collaboration Could Strengthen Vaccine Adoption As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread across the U.S. and vaccines become more available, health plans can partner with physicians, hospitals, and community-based organizations to bolster vaccine adoption. Commentary by Karen Ignagni ...

  • Finding Silver Linings in the Pandemic

    Finding Silver Linings in the Pandemic Heeding the important lessons of the COVID-19 pandemic, and using them to drive long-term change. Two of the most critical lessons are the need to address historical underinvestment in public health and the need ...

  • Profiles in Integrated Family Care

    Profiles in Integrated Family Care Profiles of five providers that work in very different settings but all are actively implementing elements of the “Integrated Family Care” model. The related press release can be found here . Integrated Family Care aims to ...

  • Not Sick Does Not Mean Well

    Not Sick Does Not Mean Well Every morning, I check the daily stats on COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths in my area. Like many others, I'm trying to discern patterns: Are the upward or downward trends continuing? Are we peaking ...

  • After the American Rescue Plan: Trick or Treat?

    After the American Rescue Plan: Trick or Treat? As New York seeks to get out from under the COVID-19 virus and its variants, what further initiatives would help reach New Yorkers who still lack coverage, and will more federal help ...

  • Responding to Fundamental Challenges Exposed and Exacerbated by COVID-19

    Responding to Fundamental Challenges Exposed and Exacerbated by COVID-19 Tony Shih's message from UHF's 2021 Annual Report. I write this message as we enter the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2020, we were battered by the devastation wrought ...