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- Blueprint, Summer 2015
- HIPAA: Questions and Answers for Family Caregivers (on our Next Step in Care website)
New York continues to lead the nation in the adoption of the medical home model. Even as the criteria for medical homes evolve, Patient-Centered Medical Home recognition remains a good marker for primary care transformation and performance improvement. This report also looks ahead toward Advanced Primary Care, a model that New York State is pursuing.
A new report examines New York’s Child Health Plus program, whose federal funding was recently extended, but only until September 2017. Nearly 280,000 children in New York currently rely on the program for health insurance coverage, but the federal funding prospects beyond 2017 are unknown, and New York policymakers face decisions about the program’s future, especially in light of new alternatives.
Before a sellout crowd of more than 400, NYS Medicaid Director Jason Helgerson discusses the pursuit of value-based payment strategies to promote and sustain delivery system reforms. His presentation and selected others from the Fund's 2015 Medicaid conference are available.
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.
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.
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.