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  • Quality Collaborative

    Quality Collaborative Overview of efforts of the UHF-GNYHA partnership to improve hospital quality of care and patient safety. (Ceased publication in 2017; archived copies at link below.)

  • The Right Prescription: Assessing Potentially Inappropriate Use of Antibiotics Among New York's Medicaid Population

    The Right Prescription: Assessing Potentially Inappropriate Use of Antibiotics Among New York's Medicaid Population To examine potentially inappropriate antibiotic prescribing in New York State's Medicaid program and aid targeted reduction efforts, this Medicaid Institute brief reviews antibiotic prescriptions for Medicaid ...

  • Advancing Behavioral Health Integration for Small Primary Care Practices: Progress, Emerging Themes, and Policy Considerations

    Advancing Behavioral Health Integration for Small Primary Care Practices: Progress, Emerging Themes, and Policy Considerations At the midway point of a pioneering effort by small primary care practices in New York City and State to integrate behavioral health care into ...

  • Empowering New Yorkers with Quality Measures That Matter to Them

    Empowering New Yorkers with Quality Measures That Matter to Them A comprehensive report on health care quality measurement and public reporting in New York, prepared with funding support from New York State Health Foundation. Although quality measurement and public reporting ...

  • Presentations from "Medicaid in New York: Innovating in an Era of Uncertainty"

    Presentations from "Medicaid in New York: Innovating in an Era of Uncertainty" PDF presentations from the 2017 Medicaid conference. The presentations below were featured at the United Hospital Fund conference Medicaid in New York: Innovating in an Era of Uncertainty ...

  • Rewind: New York State Faces Familiar Issues and New Challenges in the "Repeal and Replace" Era

    Rewind: New York State Faces Familiar Issues and New Challenges in the "Repeal and Replace" Era Key provisions in the American Health Care Act-part of the plan by the U.S. House of Representatives to repeal and replace the Affordable ...

  • Partnerships for Early Childhood Development Learning Collaborative

    Partnerships for Early Childhood Development Learning Collaborative Introducing the goals and processes of the Partnerships for Early Childhood Development, the project's Learning Collaborative kicked off with a webinar and in-person meeting to bring hospital and community-based partners together. The groundbreaking ...

  • HealthWatch: The Geography of Federal Medicaid Reform

    HealthWatch: The Geography of Federal Medicaid Reform HealthWatch brief from UHF's Medicaid Institute showing the broad distribution of New York State's Medicaid population, and how changes to the federal-state Medicaid program would affect New Yorkers. As of March 24, 2017 ...

  • Bridging the Gap: Moving from Planning to Routinization

    Bridging the Gap: Moving from Planning to Routinization Guidance on testing and assessment to aid in the adoption of Patient-Reported Outcome Measures are offered in this webinar presentation from the PROPC-NY learning collaborative. Guidance on testing and assessment in quality ...

  • Using PROMs in Primary Care: Making the Case and Experience from the Field

    Using PROMs in Primary Care: Making the Case and Experience from the Field A presentation at the initial meeting of the PROPC-NY learning collaborative makes the case for the role of Patient-Reported Outcome Measures in primary care. A presentation at ...

  • It All Falls on Me

    It All Falls on Me A joint report from UHF and AARP Public Policy Institute looking at family caregiver perspectives on medication management, wound care, and video instruction. Read the related press release . This United Hospital Fund and AARP Public ...

  • Understanding Medicaid Utilization for Children in New York State

    Understanding Medicaid Utilization for Children in New York State A data brief and accompanying chartbook presenting key findings on current Medicaid spending and utilization for children. See the related press release . Medicaid in New York is a vital safety net ...

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

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

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

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

  • What's Next for New York's Child Health Plus Program?

    What's Next for New York's Child Health Plus Program? This issue brief examines decisions New York faces as it considers the future of the Child Health Plus (CHP) program, the State's health insurance plan for children. Read the related press ...

  • The Cultures of Caregiving

    The Cultures of Caregiving The Cultures of Caregiving brings together physicians, nurses, social workers, and policy experts to examine the differences and conflicts (and sometimes common ground) between family caregivers and healthcare professionals. In The Cultures of Caregiving , Carol Levine ...

  • Landmark Study Profiles Young Caregivers

    Landmark Study Profiles Young Caregivers As many as 1.4 million U.S. children provide care for an adult family member, according to a report from the United Hospital Fund and the National Alliance for Caregiving. As many as 1 ...

  • Patient-Reported Outcomes in Primary Care-New York

    Patient-Reported Outcomes in Primary Care-New York Implementation guide for identifying and incorporating patients' needs and goals into primary care, along with an overview of policy implications and several field reports from the PROPC-NY initiative. Listening to patients' perspectives should be ...

  • Work in Progress: UHF's 2014 Annual Report

    Work in Progress: UHF's 2014 Annual Report New York’s health care system is on the move, with dramatic changes being made in its basic elements. The success of this transformation will in large part be determined by how we ...

  • Explain. Improve. Connect.: UHF's 2012 Annual Report

    Explain. Improve. Connect.: UHF's 2012 Annual Report Explain, improve, connect: three imperatives for our time that also describe both the goals and substance of the Fund's work. The 2012 annual report, covering the most remarkable year for health policy in ...

  • Pathways to Progress on Difficult Decisions in Post-Acute Care

    Pathways to Progress on Difficult Decisions in Post-Acute Care Fourth in the Difficult Decisions series, laying out the best practices, innovations, and policy levers that could help support New Yorkers who need to make decisions about post-acute care. The related ...

  • New York’s Medicare ACOs Improve Performance in Year 5 of the Medicare Shared Savings Program

    New York’s Medicare ACOs Improve Performance in Year 5 of the Medicare Shared Savings Program The accountable care organizations participating in the fifth year of this CMS program offer relevant lessons about moving towards value-based payment systems. The associated ...

  • DSRIP Promising Practices: Strategies for Meaningful Change for New York Medicaid

    DSRIP Promising Practices: Strategies for Meaningful Change for New York Medicaid Identifying key lessons and promising practices from the first four years of New York State’s Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment program. Identifying key lessons and promising practices from ...

  • Easing the Stigma of Public Coverage: Workers with Health Coverage at Their Jobs Get Significant Government Aid Too

    Easing the Stigma of Public Coverage: Workers with Health Coverage at Their Jobs Get Significant Government Aid Too Analysis and explanation of the federal and state tax subsidies behind the employer tax exclusion. This work was supported by a grant ...

  • NYSDOH Hospital Quality Rating Stakeholder Workgroup: Final Recommendations

    NYSDOH Hospital Quality Rating Stakeholder Workgroup: Final Recommendations Recommendations for designing more user-friendly and meaningful hospital provider profiles that could help inform the health care decisions New Yorkers commonly face. Participants from consumer advocacy groups, providers, payers, and professional and ...

  • New York’s “Other” Individual Market Needs an Update

    New York’s “Other” Individual Market Needs an Update A recommended series of upgrades for New York’s “off-exchange” market for individuals, including the elimination of enrollment barriers for immigrants who are not permitted to get coverage through the NY ...

  • Keeping Our Eyes on Children

    Keeping Our Eyes on Children Pediatric primary care can play a significant role in children's functioning later in life. How to structure practices, payment policies, workforce, and training to support that goal is a critical question. Long before I had ...

  • Levers of Change: Local Focus, System-Wide Gains

    Levers of Change: Local Focus, System-Wide Gains For a small organization, UHF has a very large mission: to improve health care for all New Yorkers. We've had notable successes through the years, by using our resources strategically and focusing on ...

  • Demystifying the Language of Health Care and Social Services

    Demystifying the Language of Health Care and Social Services This commentary by Carol Levine was originally published on Aging Today's blog. The following commentary, written by Carol Levine, director of the Families and Health Care Project, was originally published on ...

  • Implementing the CARE Act: What's Working? What's Not?

    Implementing the CARE Act: What's Working? What's Not? It's been a year since New York State's CARE Act went into effect, with the goal of ensuring that patients know they can name a family caregiver before they're discharged from the ...

  • Can You Get Paid to Take Care of Your Mom?

    Can You Get Paid to Take Care of Your Mom? Caregivers may be able to receive reimbursement for their time caring for family members. Here are a number of possibilities. Among the many words used to describe family caregivers—invisible ...

  • The Statistics Don't Capture the Opioid Epidemic's Impact on Children

    The Statistics Don't Capture the Opioid Epidemic's Impact on Children When parents become addicted to opioids or die of an overdose, their children also bear the burden—yet children are rarely the focus of concerted planning and action to combat ...

  • The Historic Promise and Uncertain Future of Medicaid

    The Historic Promise and Uncertain Future of Medicaid With complex challenges facing the vital safety-net program, Medicaid's future is increasingly uncertain, the director of UHF's Medicaid Institute told the David Rogers Health Policy Colloquium. On January 24, 2018, Chad E ...

  • Left Out of Value-Based Payment

    Left Out of Value-Based Payment Payment reform alone can’t sustain everything we need to improve health. Exciting things are happening in health care. Beyond advances in technology and medical science—which are expected over time but still amazing to ...

  • COVID-19 Pandemic: Questions for the Future

    COVID-19 Pandemic: Questions for the Future Big-picture questions raised by the pandemic response. We are in the midst of one of the greatest public health crises of our lifetimes. Years from now, students from numerous disciplines will study the COVID-19 ...

  • Grandparents and Traumatized Children: Where Two Epidemics Converge

    Grandparents and Traumatized Children: Where Two Epidemics Converge This commentary zooms in on a critical point of convergence between two public health crises: grandparents vulnerable to coronavirus, and the children in their care because of parental opioid use. Policymakers can ...

  • Post-Acute Care and COVID-19: An Already Fraught Decision Becomes Even More Difficult

    Post-Acute Care and COVID-19: An Already Fraught Decision Becomes Even More Difficult Informed decisions about post-acute care are even more urgent now, as the peril is far greater. This commentary describes the challenges surrounding post-acute care decisions and explains CMS's ...

  • To Prepare for the Next Pandemic, Health Care Needs to Tackle Racism

    To Prepare for the Next Pandemic, Health Care Needs to Tackle Racism In the wake of accumulated racial injustices and entrenched inequities highlighted by COVID-19, there is a need and an opportunity for health care leaders to confront racism; Ram ...

  • For Health Care, a New Day and a Long Road Ahead

    For Health Care, a New Day and a Long Road Ahead Post-election commentary: Achieving progress will be immensely challenging, given the likelihood of a divided Congress and the competing priority of addressing the ongoing pandemic. The most difficult challenge will ...

  • Working Toward a Brighter Future

    Working Toward a Brighter Future For many, 2020 will be remembered for unprecedented pain and suffering. Not only for the 20 million U.S. cases of COVID-19 and 350,000 deaths just last year alone, but also for the widespread ...

  • A Shot in the Arm: American Rescue Plan Act Boosts Health Coverage Affordability

    A Shot in the Arm: American Rescue Plan Act Boosts Health Coverage Affordability This HealthWatch looks at the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), which deepens affordability subsidies, provides premium tax credits to higher-income individuals and families, and creates new options ...

  • Helping the Asian American Community Recover from the Devastation of COVID-19

    Helping the Asian American Community Recover from the Devastation of COVID-19 Disclaimer: The views presented here are of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of United Hospital Fund, its staff, or its board of directors. January 2020 ...

  • Food Insecurity and Health Care: Addressing Food Insecurity through the Health Care System in New York

    Food Insecurity and Health Care: Addressing Food Insecurity through the Health Care System in New York Quantifying the health impact of food insecurity on New Yorkers--and reviewing potential solutions to alleviate food insecurity's burden on families and individuals. The accompanying ...

  • Heading Home from a Skilled Nursing Facility: Interventions and Tools for Improving the Transition

    Heading Home from a Skilled Nursing Facility: Interventions and Tools for Improving the Transition This report and toolkit describes the UHF Skilled Nursing Facility Learning Collaborative's work, profiles several interventions undertaken by the participating facilities, and provides resources for SNFs ...

  • The Pandemic’s Most Important Lesson: A Call for Bold Change

    The Pandemic’s Most Important Lesson: A Call for Bold Change Disclaimer: The views presented here are of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of United Hospital Fund, its staff, or its board of directors. This commentary ...