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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 Preferred 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.
David Gould and Carol Levine Receive Honors
Two United Hospital Fund leaders were recognized for their bodies of work. David Gould was honored on October 16 at the Annual Isabella “Raise the Roof” Gala, recognized for his outstanding service to health care in New York. Read more about the honoring of David. On October 23, the State Society on Aging of New York conferred its President’s Award on Carol Levine. Read more about the honoring of Carol.
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.
The United Hospital Fund paid tribute to Michael A. Stocker, MD, Jennie L. and Richard K. DeScherer, and Paul E. Francis at its annual gala held at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. The awards were presented to acknowledge their major contributions aimed at improving health care in New York.
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.
The United Hospital Fund presented Distinguished Trustee Awards to 28 hospital trustees, recognizing their leadership and extraordinary service to not-for-profit and municipal hospitals in New York City, nearby New Jersey, Connecticut, and Long Island. Fund President Jim Tallon (right) and Greg Braca, head of U.S. Corporate and Specialty Banking at TD Bank, which provided underwriting support, congratulated the honorees.
New graduates of the Clinical Quality Fellowship Program marked the completion of their intensive quality improvement training with the presentation of three of the program's required "capstone" projects.