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A new report examines the impact of an Affordable Care Act provision redefining the small group insurance market as 1–100 employees instead of 1–50 employees. It looks at how the change might affect premiums for firms with 51–100 employees that will join the new small group market, and the complex options state policymakers face in implementing this new rule.
Urgent care centers and retail clinics—collectively known as "convenient care"—are a major market-driven development in ambulatory care, presenting both potential benefits and risks. A new Fund report examines the issues and offers policy options for consideration.
The United Hospital Fund has produced a snapshot, summarizing and highlighting the projects proposed by 25 emerging Performing Provider Systems, the regional collaborations of health care providers that are participating in New York’s Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) program.
As a guest on NBC's "Today" show, Carol Levine, director of the Families and Health Care Project, highlighted the critical role family plays in long-term care, as well as the importance of planning and communicating with family members and professionals. (The link takes you to the "Today" show website.)
The United Hospital Fund has published a compendium of short, easily digestible regional chartbooks that provide a high-level overview of service utilization of New York’s Medicaid beneficiaries. The chartbooks will be useful for stakeholders involved in the creation of Performing Provider Systems, for others assessing the current state of Medicaid population health in New York’s varied regions, and for policymakers interested in quality and utilization.
A new United Hospital Fund report details lessons learned from a multi-hospital initiative focused on reducing readmissions. Lessons include the value of self-assessment, improving communication (among providers and with patients and families), and aligning multiple strategies.
A report from the United Hospital Fund and AARP Public Policy Institute presents compelling new evidence that family caregivers who provide complex chronic care to people who also have cognitive and behavioral health conditions face particularly demanding challenges, including high levels of self-reported depression.
What is the role of a professional care coordinator, and what should the patient and family caregiver expect to manage on their own? Two new care coordination guides—one for family caregivers, one for health care professionals—address these questions, aiming to improve partnerships between professionals responsible for care coordination and family caregivers.
A new overview of New York’s Medicaid program provides essential grounding in the dramatically changing program, focusing on the changes related to the federal Affordable Care Act and the State’s Medicaid Redesign Team; it also presents recent data on spending and enrollment and examines complex reforms underway or planned for the near future.
Developed by United Hospital Fund in collaboration with the Project RED research group at Boston University Medical Center, a new tool offers guidance for hospitals on how to work effectively with family caregivers. The creation of the new tool reflects the growing recognition of the critical role family caregivers play in reducing avoidable hospital readmissions.