New on the Site
- Blueprint, Spring 2014
- Journal Article: Model Helps At-Risk Seniors Age Safely in Their Homes
- Family Caregiver Guide to Doctor Visits (on our Next Step in Care website)
Spouses who are caregivers are more likely than other caregivers to perform demanding medical/nursing tasks, yet they are less likely to get support from family or friends or to have support from home visits by a health care professional, according to a new report by the United Hospital Fund and AARP Public Policy Institute.
Living in the Land of Limbo, an anthology of short stories and poetry about family caregiving edited by Carol Levine, director of the Families and Health Care Project, adds to the national discussion on family caregiving and to the Fund’s work, which has focused on improving partnerships between caregivers and health care professionals since 1996.
Andrea G. Cohen has joined the United Hospital Fund as its new Senior Vice President for Program. An attorney with extensive legal and policy experience in the health care world, Ms. Cohen comes to the Fund from the Office of the New York City Mayor, where, as Director of Health Services since 2009, she was the lead health policy advisor to the Mayor and Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services.
Between December 2010 and October 2013, managed long-term care enrollment of Medicaid beneficiaries in New York nearly quadrupled, from about 33,000 enrollees to 123,000, while a corresponding decline of 70 percent was recorded in the number of fee-for-service personal care users--according to two new reports from the Fund's Medicaid Institute.
The United Hospital Fund hosted its 21st annual Hospital Auxilian and Volunteer Achievement Awards ceremony today at the Waldorf-Astoria, honoring 91 volunteers and auxilians who provide exceptional service to hospitals throughout the five boroughs of New York City and nearby Long Island.Presenting the awards were Fund President Jim Tallon, Fund Board Member Dr. Susana Morales, and CBS 2 News' Lonnie Quinn.
Among the projects funded are research to guide a social media effort aimed at improving health in minority and immigrant communities, continued work to improve the transition process as patients move from the hospital to home care, an intensive learning collaborative for community-based HIV/AIDS service organizations adjusting to health care reform, and continuing support of a community-based diabetes education program.
A new Fund report provides an early appraisal of New York State of Health, examining the unprecedented collaboration that made the launch of the health benefit exchange possible. The report also identifies a list of ten issues right around the corner.
Home Care and Rehab Guides Updated
The practice of terminating rehab services because a patient has "plateaued" should end as of January 7, when CMS's revised policy manual went into effect. Beneficiaries are entitled to continued services as long as there is a need for skilled services “to prevent further deterioration or preserve current capabilities.” The policy applies to rehabilitation programs in skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, and outpatient clinics, as well as independent contractors. Physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology are the services covered. Two Next Step in Care family caregiver guides—Planning for Inpatient Rehab and Home Care: A Family Caregiver’s Guide—have been updated to reflect the changes.
While the number of health care providers recognized as Patient-Centered Medical Homes continues to grow in New York, that growth has slowed, according to a new Fund issue brief, which offers the different perspectives of health care providers, payers, and consumers. An accompanying chartbook presents more than 30 graphics on differences among types of providers and among regions around the state.
Employed family caregivers, despite their workplace obligations, perform many of the tasks that health care professionals do—a range of medical/nursing tasks including medication management, wound care, using meters and monitors, and more, according to a new report co-produced by the Fund and AARP Public Policy Institute.
"Patient engagement” and its impact on health outcomes and costs was the theme of the 24th Annual Symposium on Health Care Services in New York: Research and Practice, an event cosponsored by the Fund and the GNYHA Foundation. Presentations from the event are available.