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Employed family caregivers, despite their workplace obligations, perform many of the tasks that health care professionals do—a range of medical/nursing tasks including medication management, wound care, using meters and monitors, and more, according to a new report co-produced by the Fund and AARP Public Policy Institute.
"Patient engagement” and its impact on health outcomes and costs was the theme of the 24th Annual Symposium on Health Care Services in New York: Research and Practice, an event cosponsored by the Fund and the GNYHA Foundation. Presentations from the event are available.
The Fund's newly released annual report highlights six initiatives that are helping translate the past year's historic opportunities into workable, sustainable change, shaping a more effective, more affordable health care system that is better able to meet current and future needs.
The United Hospital Fund has awarded nine grants, totaling $475,000, for projects to improve health care services in New York. Among the projects funded are a new multi-partner quality improvement collaboration to reduce avoidable transfers from nursing homes to hospitals and a timely assessment of New York State’s health benefits exchange.
The United Hospital Fund paid tribute to Peter W. May, Tracy Reese, and Jim Tallon at its annual gala, held at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. They each received an award for their respective contributions to improving health care in New York.
Most nursing homes today are essentially two facilities operating under one roof, providing both post-acute services for patients after a hospital stay and long-term care for residents, many of whom have higher rates of functional limitation, chronic diseases, mental illness, and obesity than nursing home residents of the past. A new report examines the current landscape and considers the challenges ahead.
The Fund submitted comments, focused on the importance of family caregivers to safe and effective health care delivery, to the federal Commission on Long-Term Care, which is developing "a plan for the establishment, implementation, and financing of a comprehensive, coordinated, and high-quality system that ensures the availability of long-term services and supports."
This Fund report provides a detailed analysis of existing health plan provider networks for public and commercial coverage, and highlights new federal network requirements New York must administer for health plans offering coverage through the health benefit exchange.
The United Hospital Fund has announced ten action steps—for health care providers, payers, regulators, and others—to improve transitions in care for patients and family caregivers. An accompanying report outlines the three-year work of 45 health care provider teams to engage and support family caregivers to improve patient transitions.
A new Fund report explains how accountable care organizations are transforming health care delivery and payment systems and increasing incentives for more effective, cost-efficient care.