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Jim Tallon: Health Care 2021—A New Golden Age?

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Andrea Cohen: Preparing for the New Normal

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Fredda Vladeck: Better Partnerships for Better Health

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Carol Levine: Family Caregiving Lessons from the UK

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Report Looks at Links Between Characteristics of ACOs and Performance

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A new UHF report examines the performance of New York’s accountable care organizations in Year 2 of the federal Medicare Shared Savings Program, finding that they lag the national experience on cost savings but outperform it on quality results. The report considers several possible factors that may be contributing to the results.

Quality Fellows Use New Skills to Improve Patient Care

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Capstone projects that are changing daily practice were shared at a culminating ceremony for the latest graduates of the intensive 15-month Clinical Quality Fellowship Program.

Report Examines NY Impact of Proposed Insurance Mergers

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A new UHF snapshot report examines two proposed insurance mergers based on the New York footprints of the insurers proposing to merge. It explains the review process by federal and state officials that is currently unfolding, and places the proposed mergers in the context of the Affordable Care Act and a changing health care landscape.

UHF Honors 87 Hospital Volunteers

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On March 18, United Hospital Fund hosted its 23rd annual Hospital Auxilian and Volunteer Achievement Awards ceremony, honoring 87 volunteers and auxilians who provide exceptional service to 61 hospitals or hospital divisions throughout the greater New York metropolitan area.

Report Looks at Post-Reinsurance Program Options

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A new UHF snapshot report focuses on the Transitional Reinsurance Program, which was created by a provision of the Affordable Care Act and has improved the affordability of coverage for consumers by reducing premiums in the individual market. The report examines policy issues—and difficult options—related to the program’s expiration in 2016.

Tackling Misuse of Antibiotics in Outpatient Care

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United Hospital Fund has launched its Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship Initiative involving hospitals across the metropolitan area in a concerted effort to improve antibiotic-prescribing practices in the community. An aggregate $355,780 in grants were awarded.

Health Care 2021 Conference Focused on the Future of Health Care

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“What WILL the health system look like five years from now? And what SHOULD it look like?” were two of the questions that framed the day of the Health Care 2021 conference, held February 9, 2016, at the CUNY Graduate School and University Center.

UHF Grant-Funded CSS Report Offers Options for Covering NY Immigrants

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A policy paper issued by the Community Service Society offers analysis of health insurance coverage options for the nearly half a million people living in New York who are currently uninsurable due to their immigration status. The work behind this report was supported in part by a UHF grant.

Strengthening Children's Primary Care in NY

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According to a new United Hospital Fund report, resolving four key issues is paramount to ensure that each contact a young child has with the health care system not only responds to his or her acute needs but also promotes the child’s full development—including physical, mental, and cognitive health. The report notes New York currently has a unique and historic opportunity to make a difference.

Helping Family Caregivers Evaluate Technology

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A new guide from Next Step in Care presents questions family caregivers should consider when deciding whether to buy an electronic product or service to assist with the care of their family member. Types of technology covered include organizers of health information, scheduling and communication tools, personal emergency response systems, and monitoring devices for inside and outside the home.

New Guide to Value-Based Payment in Medicaid in New York

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A new UHF guide distills information about the State’s value-based payment roadmap for several critical audiences, including health care providers, health plans, policymakers, and other Medicaid stakeholders. The guide frames the State’s plans to transform the way it finances health care services, moving from volume- to value-based payments—a payment transition broadly recognized as essential for delivery system reform.

Behavioral Health Reform for Children in NY’s Medicaid

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A new UHF report highlights four implementation challenges that must be solved as part of a successful redesign of behavioral health services for children in New York’s Medicaid program. The report is timely, given the Medicaid reform initiatives New York State is pursuing to promote a shift toward a system that supports care coordination and rewards value.

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