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Lessons Learned in Preventing Hospital Readmissions


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.

Four New York Health Care Leaders Honored at Gala


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.

Chronic Disease + Cognitive or Behavioral Condition = Family Caregiver Challenge


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.

Two Guides Improve How Care Is Coordinated


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.

Primer Captures Transformation of New York’s Medicaid Program


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.

Family Caregivers Now a Key Part of National Program to Prevent Rehospitalizations


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.

28 Hospital Trustees Honored for Leadership and Service


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.

Clinical Quality Fellows Share Practical Lessons


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.

Insurance Plans Specializing in Public Programs Were the Fastest Growing in 2012


Health insurance plans in New York that specialize in public programs like Medicaid and Child Health Plus grew dramatically in 2012 in terms of enrollment, revenue, net income, and overall market share, according to the fifth installment of the United Hospital Fund’s Big Picture series.

Spouses Who Are Caregivers Are More Likely to Perform Medical/Nursing Tasks


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.

Anthology Uses Fiction to Convey Emotional Truth of Caregiving


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.


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