New on the Site
- Journal Article: Model Helps At-Risk Seniors Age Safely in Their Homes
- Blueprint, Fall/Winter 2013
- Family Caregiver Guide to Doctor Visits (on our Next Step in Care website)
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.
The Fund's newly released annual report highlights six initiatives that are helping translate the past year's historic opportunities into workable, sustainable change, shaping a more effective, more affordable health care system that is better able to meet current and future needs.