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With health insurance premiums rising, delivery system reforms reshaping how services are provided, and the future of the Affordable Care Act in doubt, a new report outlines ways to help consumers choose and use provider networks and access timely care, through improved safeguards and disclosures.
Anthony Shih, MD, MPH, will become president of United Hospital Fund on August 14, UHF Chairman J. Barclay Collins II has announced. Dr. Shih was named after a national search for a successor to James R. Tallon, Jr., who will retire after leading UHF for 24 years.
Jim Tallon Honored for Visionary Leadership
UHF President James R. Tallon, Jr., has been honored for his visionary leadership and significant contributions to improving the health and health care of New Yorkers throughout his distinguished career. Greater New York Hospital Association President Ken Raske paid tribute to Mr. Tallon in a special presentation at the GNYHA annual meeting in May.
Turning down needed home health care can result in avoidable rehospitalization and lower quality of life, yet why patients refuse services is not well understood. An expert roundtable, co-sponsored by UHF and the Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation, examined the issue and possible responses.
Almost 600 guests attended the 28th annual Tribute to Hospital and Health Care Trustees honoring 31 trustees from New York metropolitan area hospitals, nursing homes, and home care institutions. Co-chairs Cary Kravet and Mary Beth Tully, both UHF board members and hospital trustees, presented the awards, and Emmet Conlon, head of Healthcare, North, represented TD Bank, underwriter of the event.
Stage II of UHF’s Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship Initiative is involving seven hospitals and health systems, encompassing 36 outpatient practices, in developing interventions to improve prescribing practices for adults with acute respiratory infections.
UHF’s Partnerships for Early Childhood Development links 11 hospitals with community partners to help pediatric primary care practices routinely screen children up to age 5 for socioeconomic risks to healthy development, and connect them with the services that can address those risks. The initiative has now launched an online and in-person Learning Collaborative, to provide participants with resources, training, technical assistance, and a forum for sharing experiences and progress.
The new guide was developed, in a UHF collaborative project, in response to patients’ and family caregivers’ needs for better education.
A step-by-step guide to implementing provisions of the CARE Act supports hospital staff in identifying, engaging, and preparing family caregivers, to improve the transition of patients from hospital to home.
Suzanne Brundage, program director of the Children’s Health Initiative at United Hospital Fund, has been selected as UHF’s first Patricia S. Levinson Fellow. The fellowship’s purpose is to advance UHF’s work to improve health care for vulnerable populations.
At a panel discussion hosted by Philanthropy New York, Sherry Glied, David Sandman, and Jim Tallon discussed health care reform and the prospect of replacing the Affordable Care Act.
A roundtable sponsored by UHF and the Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation examined the issue of patients who refuse follow-up services after discharge; such patients are more likely to be readmitted.
Health policy expert Kavita Patel, MD, laid out competing visions for cost and payment reforms in her keynote to the 27th Annual Symposium on Health Care Services in New York.
The Big Picture VI, an overview of New York’s insurance markets, analyzes enrollment and financial data across health plans and lines of business since the Affordable Care Act went into effect.
A new report by UHF and the AARP Public Policy Institute reports on family caregivers’ perspectives on medication management, wound care, and video instruction.
Resources for family caregivers and health care providers are available at our Next Step in Care website.