Jim Tallon’s Insights

From August 2013 through December 2015, Jim Tallon, president of United Hospital Fund and a member of New York State’s Board of Regents, provided insights on health care and education in a monthly guest spot on WCNY radio’s “Capitol Pressroom.” Interview segments, which typically run 12 ½ minutes, are available on the WCNY website.

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UHF in the News

UHF's work and insights play an important role, locally and nationally, in shaping media stories on a range of critical health care topics. Following is a recent sampling:

2016

  • Reuters quoted Carol Levine, director of UHF’s Families and Health Care Project, on the attention and resources needed to care for disabled children in U.S. Families Provide Billions In Unpaid Care To Kids With Special Needs, which was picked up by a number of news outlets (December 28, 2016).
  • In the article How One Real Estate Exec Rallied an Industry to Promote Organ Donations, Crain’s New York Business profiled Scott Salmirs, president and chief executive of ABM Industries, for his efforts to promote organ donation as a founder of Donate Eight, and noted that UHF honored him with its Distinguished Community Service Award in September (December 12, 2016).
  • In her weekly syndicated column Aging Matters, Carol Marak writes in “How Caregiving May Affect You” about a joint AARP/YHF report on supports for spousal caregivers (October 21, 2016). 
  • United Hospital Fund's Gala was featured in New York Social Diary, including 20 photos of the honorees and other attendees. (October 12, 2016)
  • Modern Healthcare published an article on "It All Falls on Me," a new UHF report demonstrating that family caregivers feel unprepared for the medical tasks they are expected to perform at home for their loved ones. (September 29, 2016)
  • A Kaiser Health News piece called, "Here's What Older People Need to Do to Prevent Hospital Readmissions," ran in dozens of media outlets, including the Washington Post, and provides a link to UHF's Next Step in Care website. (September 3, 2016)
  • Politico New York featured an article State Medicaid Director Jason Helgerson's keynote address at UHF's annual Medicaid conference, saying his talk has "become a pseudo State of the Union address" on Medicaid issues.
  • Modern Healthcare published an article on a UHF report that provides a framework for value-based payment in children's health care. (July 13, 2016)

  • The "Children's Health Policy Blog" of the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute's Center for Children and Families published the commentary "Embracing an Opportunity to Measure Value in Children’s Health Care," written by UHF Senior Health Policy Analyst Suzanne Brundage. (June 22, 2016)

  • Politico New York featured an article on the publication of a new UHF report that found New York's individual insurance market is in "markedly better shape now than it was in 2013." (June 1, 2016)

  • The Staten Island Advance was one of the media outlets reporting on UHF's honoring of 28 trustees from throughout the New York metropolitan area at its Tribute to Hospital Trustees.  (May 11, 2016)

  • The graduation of the seventh class of the Clinical Quality Fellowship Program, which is co-led by UHF and Greater New York Hospital Association, was the subject of an article in Skyline News. (April 18, 2016)

  • UHF's new Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship Initiative--an effort to improve antibiotic prescribing practices, notable for its focus on the outpatient setting--is the subject of a a piece in the GrantWatch section of the Health Affairs Blog, "A New Arena for Reducing Antibiotic Misuse:  Outpatient Care," written by Hillary Jalon and Anne-Marie Audet, M.D.  (March 2016)

  • The cover story of Generations: Journal of the American Society on Aging was the article “Family Caregiving: Looking to the Future,” which was co-written by Carol Levine, director of the Families and Health Care Project, and Lynn Friss Feinberg of AARP. (Winter 2015-2016)

  • Carol Levine, director of the Families and Health Care Project, was quoted in a Forbes article on why the presidential candidates are not talking about long-term care, noting that there’s not enough grassroots pressure because, “While you’re a caregiver, it’s hard enough to be an advocate for the person you’re caring for and maybe yourself.” (January 29, 2016)

2015

  • Skyline News publishes an article about the IMPACT to Reduce Readmissions Collaborative, reporting on progress made in improving care transitions. (December 21, 2015)

  • Politico New York publishes an article about the UHF report Redesigning Children’s Behavioral Health Services in New York’s Medicaid Program. (November 16, 2015)

  • A Wall Street Journal article focusing on efforts to combat C. difficile infections through multiple approaches noted the “64-hospital effort to reform antibiotic use sponsored by United Hospital Fund…and Greater New York Hospital Association.” (November 2, 2015)

  • A New York Times article about senior-oriented technology referred readers to a new Next Step in Care guide—a new one about electronic organizers, monitors, sensors, and apps. (October 23, 2015)

  • United Hospital Fund's Gala was featured in New York Social Diary, including 20 photos of the honorees and other attendees. (October 20. 2015)

  • MD magazine published an article featuring Greg Burke, director of innovation strategies, and his perspectives on the medical home model. (September 18, 2015)

  • On WCNY radio's "Capitol Pressroom," Peter Newell, director of the Health Insurance Project, discussed the uncertain future of New York's Child Health Plus program, as well as options policymakers might consider to accommodate its beneficiaries should the program sunset. Scroll to 13:06 for the start of his segment. (August 17, 2015)

  • On WBAI radio's "Health Action," Chad Shearer, director of the Medicaid Institute, focused on the past, present, and future of New York's Medicaid program on the occasion of its 50th anniversary. Scroll to 32:56 for the start of his segment.  (August 17, 2015)

  • In a Wall Street Journal article about New York City's naturally occurring retirment communities, or NORCs, Fredda Vladeck, director of the Aging in Place Initiative, observed, "There needs to be a sense of community, an infrastructure." (August 5, 2015)

  • In a New York Times article on the "misuse or abuse" of the HIPAA law, the Fund's guide "HIPAA: Questions and Answers for Family Caregivers" was referenced, and Carol Levine, director of the Families and Health Care Project, observed that the law has become "an all-purpose excuse for things people don’t want to talk about." (July 17, 2015)

  • In a Washington Post article about a hospital-based program--akin to a "senior center without walls"-- Fredda Vladeck, director of the Aging in Place Initiative, noted, "Hospitals are trying...to change their image from places of sickness and death to ones of health and wellness." (July 6, 2015)

  • Skyline News reported on the more than 80 infectious disease physicians and pharmacists from 45 different hospitals who completed the inaugural offerening of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Certificate Program, which is led jointly by the United Hospital Fund and Greater New York Hospital Association. (June 1, 2015)

  • Offering practical tips, the United Hospital Fund publication A Family Caregiver’s Guide to Care Coordination was featured in a New York Times story on the multiple care coordinators who may be involved in a single patient’s care yet have little coordination among themselves. (April 13, 2015)

  • In a Kaiser Health News article that ran in media outlets nationwide about the lack of out-of-network coverage in New York’s health insurance marketplace, Peter Newell, director of the Health Insurance Project, discussed the history of New York’s individual insurance marketplace. (March 17, 2015)

  • The publication of a United Hospital Fund report on urgent care centers and retail clinics was the subject of an article in Albany Business Review. (February 9, 2015)

  • In a New York Times article about New York’s health exchange having registered two million for insurance, Jim Tallon, president of United Hospital Fund, is quoted, noting, “Having most people insured is the key to controlling long-term cost growth because it means you can manage care in a more effective way.” (February 4, 2015)

  • The Fund's published snapshot of the projects selected by the 25 Performing Provider Systems as part of their DSRIP application was reported on by Buffalo Business First. (January 20, 2015)

2014

  • In a segment on NBC's "Today" show, Carol Levine, director of the Families and Health Care Project, highlights the critical role family plays in long-term care. (December 10, 2014)
     
  • Philanthropy New York is among those reporting on the publication of the Fund's new compendium on statewide Medicaid data. (November 7, 2014)
     
  • For a feature in its magazine, Capital New York publishes the article "The Urgent-Care Boom," in which Greg Burke, director of innovation strategies, notes that an urgent care facility "isn't a medical home. It's a medical motel. You check in and check out." (October 29, 2014)
     
  • Media reporting on the Fund's 2014 Gala include New York Social Diary, which features 18 photos from the event. (October 7, 2014)
     
  • WMHT public television produces the episode "How to Age in Place" for its "AgeWise" series, in which Fredda Vladeck, director of the Fund's Aging in Place Initiative, explains what a NORC is and flags the key question, "How does a community help support older people to age in place?" (September 24, 2014)
     
  • The journal CareManagement publishes the article "Family Caregivers and Case Managers Working Together to Coordinate Care," written by Carol Levine, director of the Fund's Families and Health Care Project. (August/September 2014)
     
  • In a New York 1 story focused on recent changes by New York's Medicaid program to move beneficiaries requiring long-term care services away from fee-for-service payments to a managed care model, Jim Tallon, president of United Hospital Fund, observes, "The costs of the Medicaid program aren't skyrocketing at this point and that was a threat to every Medicaid beneficiary." (July 28, 2014)
     
  • Forbes publishes an article that highlights Project RED, a discharge planning tool used by hundreds of hospitals nationally, and its new tool, developed jointly by the Fund and Boston University Medical Center, that provides a template for engaging family caregivers in the discharge process. (June 4, 2014)
     
  • "Covering Health," a blog of the Association of Health Care Journalists, focuses on the report issued jointly by the Fund and AARP Public Policy Institute that shows spouses who act as the primary family caregiver routinely perform complex medical and bursing tasks without adequate in-home support from health care professionals. (April 24, 2014)
     
  • In a New York Times article chronicling the story behind the success of New York's health benefit exchange, Peter Newell, director of the Health Insurance Project is quoted, noting that, "in New York, you could sidestep a lot of problems" experienced elsewhere because the State had already implemented many of the Affordable Care Act requirements long before the law was enacted. (April 13, 2014)
     
  • The New York Times publishes an article explaining the difference between hospital inpatient and observation status for Medicare beneficiaies, quoting Carol Levine, director of the Families and Health Care Project, who cautions that the charges for patients under Part B, if the patient is under observation status, can add up. (March 18, 2014)
     
  • Bankrate.com publishes an article about NORC programs, quoting Fredda Vladeck, director of the Aging in Place Initiative, who cautions that, without sufficient funding, the NORC program model, while very promising, may not "reach its potential." (February 28, 2014)
     
  • President Jim Tallon explains that payment models in health care are moving away from fee for service, and will more often focus on  "population management, capitation, bundled payments," in a Capital magazine article about the Mount Sinai/Continuum deal. (February 27, 2014)
     
  • In a WNYC radio story examining enrollment to date in New York's insurance exchange, Peter Newell, director of the Health Insurance Project, says he is encouraged to see that people are taking advantage of subsidies and that there's a nice mix of insurance products that enrollees have selected. (January 14, 2014)

 

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