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AHCA Poses New Challenges to New York’s Health Care Gains, Report Finds

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Key provisions in the American Health Care Act—part of the plan by the U.S. House of Representatives to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act—would undermine many of New York State’s recent gains in coverage and market stability, and have financial and affordability effects particular to New York, a new UHF report finds.

Report Outlines Ways to Strengthen Consumer Access to Provider Networks

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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 New UHF President

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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.

Grappling with Patients’ Refusals of Home Care Services

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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.

UHF Honors 31 Hospital and Health Care Trustees at Annual Tribute

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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.

Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship Effort Moves into New Phase

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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.

Focusing on Early Childhood Risks for Long-Term Health

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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.

PICC Line Guide Aids Home Care Patients’ Safety

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The new guide was developed, in a UHF collaborative project, in response to patients’ and family caregivers’ needs for better education.

Toolkit Helps Hospitals Implement NYS CARE Act

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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.

UHF’s First Patricia S. Levinson Fellow Named

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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.

Thinking Through the Future of Health Care Reform

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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.

Home Health Care Refusals: Bridging the Communications Gap

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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.

Seeking New Health Care Models in an Uncertain Time

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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.

Charting the Affordable Care Act’s Impact on Insurance Markets

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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.

“It All Falls on Me”: Family Caregivers Provide Valuable Perspectives

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A new report by UHF and the AARP Public Policy Institute reports on family caregivers’ perspectives on medication management, wound care, and video instruction.

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