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  • New York's Temporary Premium Subsidies: Meeting Immediate Goals and Yielding Useful Lessons

    New York's Temporary Premium Subsidies: Meeting Immediate Goals and Yielding Useful Lessons A snapshot brief on a temporary subsidy program implemented as part of the Affordable Care Act rollout-and lessons to be learned from this creative and effective program. With ...

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

    The Next Wave: The Impact of Two New Proposed Mergers on New York's Health Insurance Market A Big Picture snapshot report examining two new proposed mergers of large health plans, focusing on the implications for New York markets. Policy changes ...

  • Levers of Change: UHF's 2015 Annual Report

    Levers of Change: UHF's 2015 Annual Report 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 ...

  • Setting the Stage for Payment Reform: Updating New York's Regulations on Risk Transfers Between Health Plans and Providers

    Setting the Stage for Payment Reform: Updating New York's Regulations on Risk Transfers Between Health Plans and Providers A timely look at New York's policies and regulations on risk-transfer agreements between insurance plans and health care providers, an increasingly common ...

  • Presentations from "Medicaid in New York: Transforming the Delivery System"

    Presentations from "Medicaid in New York: Transforming the Delivery System" See presentations from the 2015 United Hospital Fund conference “Medicaid in New York: Transforming the Delivery System.” The presentations below were featured components of the United Hospital Fund conference Medicaid ...

  • A Blueprint for Universal Health Insurance Coverage in New York

    A Blueprint for Universal Health Insurance Coverage in New York The first comprehensive analysis of the elements needed for universal health insurance in New York State, this major new Fund publication presents the costs and benefits of several model strategies ...

  • Antibiotic Stewardship for Acute Respiratory Infections: The Milstein Toolkit for Ambulatory Care Practices

    Antibiotic Stewardship for Acute Respiratory Infections: The Milstein Toolkit for Ambulatory Care Practices A practical collection of tools for organizations developing outpatient antibiotic stewardship programs. Includes data collection tools and surveys, as well as overviews of interventions implemented, lessons learned ...

  • Making Change Work: UHF's 2013 Annual Report

    Making Change Work: UHF's 2013 Annual Report As the Fund continues to engage with health care’s most important issues and their impact on real people, the goal remains clear: to identify opportunities, shape meaningful strategies for improvement, and move ...

  • New York Medicare ACO Performance: Cost and Quality Results Raise Bigger Questions

    New York Medicare ACO Performance: Cost and Quality Results Raise Bigger Questions This HealthWatch focuses on the financial performance of accountable care organizations based in New York State in 2016, and compares their quality performance to that of similar programs ...

  • Patient-Centered Medical Homes in New York, 2018 Update: Drivers of Growth and Challenges for the Future

    Patient-Centered Medical Homes in New York, 2018 Update: Drivers of Growth and Challenges for the Future Our annual brief and chartbook outlining the adoption of the Patient-Centered Medical Home model across New York, by region and by type of practice ...

  • Plan and Provider Opportunities to Move Toward Integrated Family Health

    Plan and Provider Opportunities to Move Toward Integrated Family Health A framework for integrated family health care The related press release can be found here . Family dynamics can influence the health of children in profound ways. Evidence also suggests the ...

  • Sniffle, Sneeze... No Antibiotics, Please: Ambulatory Stewardship Strategies for Acute Respiratory Infections

    Sniffle, Sneeze... No Antibiotics, Please: Ambulatory Stewardship Strategies for Acute Respiratory Infections Presentation from an outpatient antibiotic stewardship meeting. A presentation from the launch of the UHF-funded outpatient antibiotic stewardship meeting was held on May 12, 2016. A presentation, Sniffle ...

  • Antibiotic Prescribing for Acute Respiratory Infections in New York City: A Model for Collaboration

    Antibiotic Prescribing for Acute Respiratory Infections in New York City: A Model for Collaboration Peer-reviewed article on a model for developing outpatient antibiotic stewardship programs in New York City, published in the journal Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology. A review ...

  • The Ripple Effect: National and State Estimates of the U.S. Opioid Epidemic’s Impact on Children

    The Ripple Effect: National and State Estimates of the U.S. Opioid Epidemic’s Impact on Children Data map out national and state-by-state impact of opioid epidemic on children The press release can be found here . The nation's opioid epidemic ...

  • NYSDOH Primary Care Quality Rating Stakeholder Workgroup: Final Recommendations

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

  • Lessons from the Great Recession: New York Medicaid Enrollment During the COVID-19 Crisis

    Lessons from the Great Recession: New York Medicaid Enrollment During the COVID-19 Crisis New York State Medicaid enrollment trends during the Great Recession of 2007-2009, and the impact of state and federal actions taken then, and lessons for the current ...

  • Public Comment on Proposed Federal Rule on "Medicaid and CHIP Programs"

    Public Comment on Proposed Federal Rule on "Medicaid and CHIP Programs" This comment by Carol Levine, director of the Families and Health Care Project, was submitted in response to a new rule proposed by CMS. The comment below, by Carol ...

  • Better Partnerships for Better Health

    Better Partnerships for Better Health For a forthright exchange and true partnership with their clients' health care providers, community-based organizations have to become targeted and systematic in how they serve their clients, and be able to demonstrate that. Common goals ...

  • The Certainty of Uncertainty

    The Certainty of Uncertainty In the wake of the elections, health policy's future is uncertain, but some constants—like the centrality of New York to health care reform, and UHF's own role—remain. In the wake of the presidential and ...

  • Trump Administration Health Reimbursement Arrangements Put ACA Subsidies at Risk for Low-Income Workers

    Trump Administration Health Reimbursement Arrangements Put ACA Subsidies at Risk for Low-Income Workers This brief explains the workings of individual coverage health reimbursement arrangements (ICHRAs) and examines their significant risks for New York consumers, particularly lower-income enrollees. The associated press ...

  • Our Core Values

    Our Core Values In an extraordinary time, articulating our core values is a public statement of accountability. An organization's core values are generally not an ideal topic for a public essay. Yet these are not ordinary times. Each day we ...

  • 2018 and Beyond

    2018 and Beyond The past year was a remarkable one for health policy, with uncertainty and flux on both federal and state levels—and several major trends posing new challenges and opportunities. For those of us working in health policy ...

  • Interesting Times

    Interesting Times Unprecedented uncertainty at the federal level about health policy hs clarified the continued relevance and importance of UHF, says Tony Shih in his annual report president's message. It's an interesting time to be working in health policy. Since ...

  • New York Medicaid Program Outlines a Vision for Enhanced Pediatric Care Model

    New York Medicaid Program Outlines a Vision for Enhanced Pediatric Care Model New York State report puts forth a new vision for strengthening pediatric primary care. The New York State Medicaid program has released a report that puts forth a ...

  • COVID-19 Pandemic Perspectives: Community Health Centers on the Brink

    COVID-19 Pandemic Perspectives: Community Health Centers on the Brink At this moment of need, it is essential that our federal and state governments become aware of the looming bankruptcy of community health. United Hospital Fund has a long history of ...

  • During the Pandemic, Home Health Aides Deserve Respect, Protection, and Fair Pay

    During the Pandemic, Home Health Aides Deserve Respect, Protection, and Fair Pay Home health aides are the essential workforce who make it possible for thousands of New Yorkers to have good days at home and to stay out of institutions ...

  • Community Testing and Contact Tracing in a Time of Distrust

    Community Testing and Contact Tracing in a Time of Distrust Many New Yorkers cannot afford to get tested for COVID-19, lack necessary information, and face other barriers. What steps can be taken to reduce barriers to testing and to address ...

  • Antibiotic Resistance in the Era of COVID-19

    Antibiotic Resistance in the Era of COVID-19 Clinical uncertainty around COVID-19’s management and treatment has contributed to inappropriate prescribing of antibiotics; UHF recommends stepping up antibiotic stewardship programs. There is no question that antibiotic resistance to deadly bacteria poses ...

  • Critical Connections: Coordinating Health and Housing Needs during COVID-19

    Critical Connections: Coordinating Health and Housing Needs during COVID-19 People affected by housing instability are at a greater risk of COVID-19 infection and mortality; some community innovations can address health and housing needs in the COVID-19 era. As we approach ...

  • A Year of Resilience: UHF's 2020 Annual Report

    A Year of Resilience: UHF's 2020 Annual Report UHF's 2020 annual report highlights our work during a tumultuous and uniquely challenging year. The 2020 annual report highlights UHF's work during a tumultuous and uniquely challenging year as we focused on ...

  • Opportunities in a Time of Crisis: Launching Innovative Long-Term Care Programs During COVID-19

    Opportunities in a Time of Crisis: Launching Innovative Long-Term Care Programs During COVID-19 Stuart B. Almer, Gurwin Healthcare System president and CEO, writes about one of the few bright spots amid the devastation of COVID-19—the opportunity to leverage technology ...

  • Designing a Digital Platform to Monitor Health Status and Foster Trust Between Patients and Clinicians

    Designing a Digital Platform to Monitor Health Status and Foster Trust Between Patients and Clinicians Developing a prototype for a new digital resource, How’s My Health Dashboard, which would help patients and health care providers work together to achieve ...

  • Improving Nutrition and Infant Health Through WIC: Opportunities During and Beyond a Public Health Crisis

    Improving Nutrition and Infant Health Through WIC: Opportunities During and Beyond a Public Health Crisis The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the historical barriers preventing many eligible families from receiving help from nutrition assistance programs. This issue brief explores why Medicaid ...

  • A Vital Opportunity: How Health Care Can Improve Food Security

    A Vital Opportunity: How Health Care Can Improve Food Security Hospitals and other health care systems are uniquely situated to improve food security in their communities; but food insecurity will not be solved by the health care system alone, and ...

  • Transforming Primary Pediatric Care: Lessons Learned from PEDS Learning Network Health Equity Projects

    Transforming Primary Pediatric Care: Lessons Learned from PEDS Learning Network Health Equity Projects What is health equity and why does it matter? According to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, health equity, at its most fundamental, means that everyone has a ...

  • Closing Gaps in Literacy, Equity, and Access

    Closing Gaps in Literacy, Equity, and Access More than 1.5 billion students worldwide have experienced school closures because of the pandemic, including at least tens of millions in the U.S. These interruptions have caused irreversible consequences for school-age ...

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  • Annual Reports

    Annual Reports Annual Reports Annual Reports Each year our annual report features vision statements from our president and our board chairman, updates on major initiatives and accomplishments, a list of grants awarded during the fiscal year, and a capsule financial ...

  • Your Gift at Work

    Your Gift at Work 1. To provide the communities hardest-hit by COVID-19 with practical advice on how to maintain employer-based insurance coverage or find new coverage, we created a free consumer guide, Grim Times and Health Insurance , published in five ...

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  • Newsroom

    Newsroom Newsroom Media inquiries and resources Newsroom Media inquiries and resources UHF's experts help make sense of our changing health care system. Our team of experts is a valuable resource for researchers, and journalists alike and our work and ...

  • Privacy Policy and Terms of Use

    Privacy Policy and Terms of Use TERMS OF USE Last updated: October 12, 2018 Welcome to the United Hospital Fund of New York City (“UHF”) website. These Terms of Use (“Terms”), sets forth the terms and conditions for your use ...

  • Mission & Core Values

    Mission & Core Values How We Work UHF has been providing analysis, convening, and thought leadership on key health policy issues in New York for decades, with recent successful initiatives focused on expanding affordable health insurance coverage, improving health care quality and efficiency, and developing clinical-community partnerships. Core Values Integrity . We are committed to rigorous and objective inquiry and analysis, embracing our role as an independent, trusted source of information.  Equity . We focus our activities on improving the lives of underserved, disadvantaged populations, as we believe that all people deserve the opportunity to lead long, healthy lives. Collaboration . We believe that to find solutions to complex problems we need participation from a wide range of stakeholders, and actively seek partners in our work.  Long view . We take a long-term perspective, tackling persistent problems that require systemic solutions.  Program Priorities Our core activities are research and policy analysis, convening, knowledge dissemination, collaborative initiatives, capacity building, and grant making. Key priorities include:  Supporting comprehensive health insurance coverage and access to services . Universal, affordable, accessible health insurance offering comprehensive coverage is a prerequisite for obtaining adequate care—and for an effective, equitable health care system. More than one million New Yorkers are still uninsured, and that number is likely rising. Promoting improvements in the quality and efficiency of health care delivery . Working with a broad range of partners, UHF is advancing transformative approaches to primary care, integration of behavioral and physical health care services, health care quality measurement and improvement, and transitions from institutional care to the home care setting.  Fostering collaborations between the health care delivery system and communities . For both individuals and specific populations, health status is in large part a function of factors outside the doctor’s office. Addressing individual social needs and the broader social determinants of health requires new and productive relationships between the health care system, public health agencies, and communities. History UHF has played a central role in addressing critical health care issues facing New York since 1879. Learn more about UHF's history and the many organizations we have collaborated with and helped launch. Learn More The pages of this website contain a wealth of information on UHF’s work, including downloadable copies of most of its publications. To be added to any of our mailing lists, or to comment on any aspect of our work, please send us an e-mail ; to receive regular updates and periodic newsletters, please  register and subscribe here . The information you provide will not be used for any purpose other than keeping you informed of UHF’s work; please see our complete privacy policy ...

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    NSIC-testpage Next Step in Care TEST PAGE Testing different landing page for NSIC guides Next Step in Care TEST PAGE Testing different landing page for NSIC guides The Next Step in Care project, created by the United Hospital Fund, provides ...

  • Our Work

    Our Work Our core activities are research and policy analysis, convening, knowledge dissemination, collaborative initiatives, capacity building, and grantmaking. Key priorities include the following.  Supporting comprehensive health insurance coverage and access to services. Universal, affordable, accessible health insurance offering comprehensive ...