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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.”
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.