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Jim Tallon: The Real Value of Change

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Carol Levine: Medicare's New Chronic Care Coordination

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Lori Evans Benstein Joins UHF Board

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Lori Evans Bernstein has been elected to the United Hospital Fund’s board of directors. She is co-founder and chief operating officer of HealthReveal and has over 20 years’ experience in health care and health information technology.

Dr. Anne-Marie Audet Named Vice President

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Anne-Marie J. Audet, MD, MSc, has joined the United Hospital Fund as vice president to help shape and lead its new Quality Institute. Dr. Audet has worked in the field of health system quality for over 25 years, with extensive expertise in the science of quality improvement.

Patient Engagement in the Commercial Insurance Market

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A new Fund report examines patient engagement in New York’s commercial health insurance market, finding mixed evidence to date on the most effective ways to engage patients, but also a broad commitment to the effort, a byproduct of a growing consensus that “it’s the right thing to do.”

Honoring 27 Hospital Trustees for Leadership

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The United Hospital Fund presented Distinguished Trustee Awards to 27 hospital board members. The honorees were recognized for their leadership and extraordinary service to hospitals in New York City’s five boroughs, Long Island, the Hudson Valley, and close-by New Jersey.

Challenges to a Healthier Small Group Insurance Market

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Important for policymakers, regulators, and small businesses, the Affordable Care Act-mandated definition change of "small group" (changing from 1–50 employees to 1–100 employees) is expected to improve the small group health insurance market as a whole, but might trigger a move by certain employers with lower-risk employees to more favorable insurance coverage arrangements. This report is the second in a series.

Early Leaders: Accountable Care Can Improve Care, Reduce Costs

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Two new reports, Accountable Care in New York State: Emerging Themes and Issues and New York’s Medicare ACOs: Participants and Performance, examine the early experience of New York’s Medicare accountable care organizations—including the savings achieved and quality measures met by most—pointing to them as “potentially transformative innovations.”

Changes in 2016 to the Small Group Insurance Market

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A new report examines the impact of an Affordable Care Act provision redefining the small group insurance market as 1–100 employees instead of 1–50 employees. It looks at how the change might affect premiums for firms with 51–100 employees that will join the new small group market, and the complex options state policymakers face in implementing this new rule.

Spotlight on Urgent Care Centers and Retail Clinics

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Urgent care centers and retail clinics—collectively known as "convenient care"—are a major market-driven development in ambulatory care, presenting both potential benefits and risks. A new Fund report examines the issues and offers policy options for consideration.

Snapshot of DSRIP Participation Proposals

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The United Hospital Fund has produced a snapshot, summarizing and highlighting the projects proposed by 25 emerging Performing Provider Systems, the regional collaborations of health care providers that are participating in New York’s Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) program.

Transforming the Medicaid Delivery System

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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 Performing 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.

Lessons Learned in Preventing Hospital Readmissions

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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.

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