The Fund in the News

The Fund'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:

  • 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)

2013

  • Jim Tallon, president of the United Hospital Fund, is quoted in a WNYC radio story about hospital expenses, noting that public access to the kind of data that was just released will, over time, help "illuminate the true underlying costs of medical procedures." (December 10, 2013)
     
  • A Caregiving.com blog summarizes findings from a report published jointly by the United Hospital Fund and AARP Public Policy Institute that shows the intensity of caregiving responsibilities varies little between family caregivers who are employed and those who are not. (November 20, 2013)
     
  • Carol Levine, director of the Families and Health Care Project, interviews Leon Rodriguez, director of the Office for Civil Rights of the Department of Health and Human Services, about HIPAA—the law’s real intent and how it is being misapplied—in an article published by Aging Today. (September-October 2013)
     
  • Jim Tallon, president of the United Hospital Fund, is interviewed on WCNY’s “Capitol Pressroom,” discussing the Medicaid Institute report New York’s Nursing Homes: Shifting Roles and New Challenges and decade-long trends in nursing home care. (August 21, 2013)
     
  • Becker’s Hospital Review publishes an article about Next Step in Care’s “Toolkit for Working with Family Caregivers,” which provides health care providers with resources related to medication, discharge planning, and communication. (August 20,2013)
     
  • For a WNYC radio story about the financial struggles facing Brooklyn hospitals, Jim Tallon, president of the United Hospital Fund, is interviewed, discussing the changes that are happening in all of health care that can lead to improved quality of care and cost efficiencies. (July 29, 2013)
     
  • The “JAMA Forum” published a blog about accountable care organizations, referencing the Fund report Moving Toward Accountable Care in New York and using its definition of “accountable care.” (May 15, 2013)
     
  • Carol Levine, director of the Families and Health Care Project at United Hospital Fund, presents testimony on HIPAA before the U.S. House of Representatives' Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, Committee on Energy & Commerce. (April 26, 2013)
     
  • WCNY’s “Capitol Pressroom” interviews Michael Birnbaum, vice president and director of the Fund's Medicaid Institute, focusing on New York State's effort to move more cohorts of Medicaid beneficiaries, including children in foster care, into managed care. (March 22, 2013)
     
  • For an episode of the WCNY TV show “Insight” focused on New York’s health insurance exchange, Peter Newell, director of the Health Insurance Project, provides important framing information. (March 22, 2013)
     
  • In a New York Times article about supports on the Upper West Side of Manhattan that help its 46,000 residents who are 60 or older to age in place, Fredda Vladeck, director of the Fund's Aging in Place Initiative, discusses how NORC programs can have a profound effect on seniors' quality of life. (February 15, 2013)
     
  • WSKG radio interviews Jim Tallon, president of the United Hospital Fund, who explains the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act—how it came about, who it will affect, and what it will mean. (January 30, 2013)
     
  • The Albany Times-Union publishes an article about New York State's plans to mandate protocols to reduce death by sepsis, and the article notes the successes of the STOP Sepsis Collaborative, which is co-led by the United Hospital Fund and the Greater New York Hospital Association. (January 27, 2013)
     

2012

  • AHA News Now announces the establishment of the Hurricane Sandy Health Care Employee Relief Fund, which is administered by the United Hospital Fund. (November 9, 2012)
     
  • New York Social Diary features the United Hospital Fund's Gala, including over 20 photos from the event, which was attended by a crowd of 700. (October 17, 2012)
     
  • Among those writing articles about the landmark report Home Alone: Family Caregivers Providing Complex Chronic Care, based on a national survey of family caregivers conducted by the United Hospital Fund and the AARP Public Policy Institute, are:
    Washington Post (October 2, 2012)
    New York Times (October 9, 2012)
    Forbes, article 1 and article 2 (October 5 and 12)
    Huffington Post (October 9, 2012)
     
  • Health Affairs GrantWatch Blog publishes commentary by Fund President Jim Tallon about a recent “health reform and philanthropy” event held in Manhattan and his thoughts on the topic. (August 2, 2012)
     
  • In a New York Post article on Medicaid program enrollment in New York City reaching 3 million, Fund President Jim Tallon credits Governor Cuomo with capping spending, so that 100,000 more people are now benefiting from Medicaid coverage, while spending has stayed under the cap. (July 27, 2012)
     
  • Following the Surpeme Court's ruling upholding the constitutionality of virtually all of the Affordable Care Act, WCNY's "Capitol Pressroom" features an interview of Fund President Jim Tallon, who provides an overview of the four parts of the ruling and context for what's next. (June 29, 2012)
     
  • In the first of a series of ten blogs AARP has invited Carol Levine, director of the Families and Health Care Project, to write, she tackles a common question: "Can I Get Paid as a Caregiver?"  (June 19, 2012)
     
  • Peter Newell, director of the Health Insurance Project, is interviewed on WCNY’s “Capitol Pressroom” about the determination of “essential health benefits” for new York’s individual and small group insurance markets. (June 7, 2012)
     
  • In a commentary published in The Atlantic, Fund President Jim Tallon draws attention to grassroots changes that are addressing four systemic challenges. (June 5, 2012)
     
  • An essay by Carol Levine, director of the Families and Health Care Project, titled “How HIPAA Misunderstandings Impede Transitional Care” is published by Hospitals & Health Networks Daily. (May 24, 2012)
     
  • Carol Levine, director of the Families and Health Care Project, pens an article, published in Readmissions News, about how family caregivers can play an important role in medication reconciliation, which can help prevent avoidable hospital readmission, among other benefits. (May 2012)
     
  • For a story by WNYC News about the next steps for New York’s health benefit exchange, Fund President Jim Tallon notes, “If we’re talking about a million more people purchasing insurance in New York, I think we ought to set standards to expect a good deal from the insurance carriers.” (April 16, 2012)
     
  • For the blog “Vitamin W,” Carol Levine, director of the Families and Health Care Project, pens an essay noting that overly rosy or pessimistic views can get in the way of “honest discussions, careful planning, and follow-up” involving family caregivers. (February 21, 2012)
     
  • For an entry in the Newsweek blog “The Daily Beast” focused on whether  to make a “mortality-calculating” research tool available to the general public, Carol Levine, director of the Families and Health Care Project, cautions, “It’s not a crystal ball,” recommending that one-on-one discussions with a health care professional are often more appropriate. (January 15, 2012)
     
  • Jim Tallon, president of the Fund, was quoted in a City & State article about Governor Cuomo’s first year in office, noting that a health benefit exchange is the key to health care reform in New York. (January 10, 2012)
     
  • For a City & State article looking at Governor Cuomo’s efforts to overhaul New York’s Medicaid program, Fund President Jim Tallon notes that the steps taken are “a major shift in vision and policy.” (January 4, 2012)
     

2011

  •  For a WNYC News blog entry on one insurance company’s decision to discontinue some of its small group offerings, Peter Newell, director of the Health Insurance Project, is quoted, explaining the different factors large employers and small employers consider when deciding whether to offer insurance to employees. (November 21, 2011)
     
  •  For an article looking ahead to federal budget cuts in 2013, The Spiritual Herald quotes Fund President Jim Tallon several times, including his observation that the collapse of the Super Committee was a "temporary reprieve" for Medicaid, delaying deeper cuts. (November 2011)
  • The society website Panache Privée featured the Fund's Gala, with write-ups about the honorees accompanied by 21 photos. (November 1, 2011)
     
  • Aging Today publishes an article by Carol Levine, director of the Families and Health Care Project, on what family caregivers need to know about urgent care centers. (September/October 2011)
     
  • Jim Tallon's keynote presentation—"Health Care in the Bull's Eye: Policy, Politics, and People"—at Binghamton University's Health Care Symposium received coverage from WBNG Action News, Fox 40 WICZ News, and Binghamton University's Pipe Dream News. (October 14 and 15, 2011)
     
  • American Journal of Nursing publishes an article written by Carol Levine—along with a video and podcast featuring Carol—about hospital nurses' assessments of family caregiver needs. (October 2011)
     
  • WNYC radio runs a story on New York's health insurance exchange, and Peter Newell, director of the Health Insurance Project, helps explain its complex role. (July 25, 2011)
     
  • Smart Money publishes an article about NORC programs, in which Fredda Vladeck, director of the Aging in Place Initiative, is quoted, discussing the availability of preventive health care and wellness services made possible by NORC supportive service programs. (May 18, 2011)
     
  • In a front-page story in USA Today, Jim Tallon notes that most major hospital associations were supportive of the Affordable Care Act largely because of its promise to expand insurance coverage to most Americans. (May 10, 2011)
     
  • In an Albany Times-Union blog discussing what New York's health insurance exchange should look like, the Fund's report Building the Infrastructure for a New York Health Benefit Exchange: Key Decisions for State Policymakers is featured as a resource that spells out the issues, and comments on the topic by Jim Tallon are summarized. (April 27, 2011)
     
  • In a USA Today article that ranks the average amount of money spent per resident on government benefits, Jim Tallon highlights the social tradition in the state to provide services to the entire population. (April 26, 2011)
     
  • Crain’s New York Business publishes an op-ed by Jim Tallon, in which he makes the point that while political debate about the federal health care reform law continues, real changes and advances in areas such as primary care, accountable care, and Medicaid are taking shape. (April 24, 2011)
     
  • Jim Tallon is the guest for a 10-minute interview on WNYC radio’s “Brian Lehrer Show,” in which the just-passed state budget and its effect on New York’s health care are discussed. (March 31, 2011)
     
  • In a front-page New York Times story about the power struggle in Albany, Jim Tallon is quoted, saying, “I’ve rarely seen any governmental leader in Albany play a better three-month cycle than Governor Cuomo has played.” (March 28, 2011)
     
  • The Hospital Watch report New York City Hospitals’ Finances Improve Overall in 2009, but Many Struggle to Survive is the subject of an article in the New York Post. (February 28, 2011)
     
  • In response to a new state law requiring end-of-life care discussions for patients whose life expectancy is less than six months, Carol Levine is interviewed on WNYC radio, pointing listeners to helpful guides available on the Next Step in Care website. (February 9, 2011)
     
  • In a Wall Street Journal article about the costs of end-of-life care, Carol Levine is quoted: “Whatever you think health-care costs are going to be toward the end of life, you’ve probably underestimated.” (January 29, 2011)
     
  • In a New York Post article predicting that state Medicaid cuts could kill some city hospitals, analysis from the Fund’s Hospital Watch is cited. (January 22, 2011)
     
  • Following the largely symbolic vote in the House of Representatives to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Jim Tallon appears on New York 1 News, noting, “Unlike 12 months ago, this is a discussion about a law, the law that passed after 100 years of debate in the United States.” (January 19, 2011)
     
  • For a Crain’s New York Business article, Michael Birnbaum, director of policy for the Medicaid Institute, is quoted on the significance of an earlier proposal by Governor Paterson to cap personal care hours; this article also references a recent Medicaid Institute report on personal care services. (January 12, 2011)
     
  • In a front-page New York Times article about a United States attorney’s office lawsuit accusing New York City of overbilling Medicaid related to alleged improper approval of personal care services, Michael Birnbaum is quoted, noting that personal care, provided in the home, is not only less expensive than institutional care, but that many clients prefer it. (January 11, 2011)
     
  • A Wall Street Journal article about Governor Cuomo’s planned cuts relies on Fund expertise and data to explain the state’s challenges and options to better manage the care of beneficiaries with severe mental illness and/or substance abuse problems. (January 4, 2011)
     

2010

  • Written by Fredda Vladeck, director of the Aging in Place Initiative, with help from Rebecca Segel, program manager, the article “Identifying Risks to Healthy Aging in New York City's Varied NORCs” is published in the Journal of Housing For the Elderly. (December 23, 2010)
     
  • For a New York magazine article about what repeal of the Affordable Care Act would mean, Jim Tallon was quoted framing the legislation as “a coherent and aggressive public policy that looks at the behavior of the entirety of the system and tries to make the necessary fixes.” (November 10, 2010)
     
  • The New York Social Diary website features the Fund's annual Gala, with write-ups about our honorees accompanied by 20 photos. (November 5, 2010)
     
  • In an investigative New York magazine article about the events and system dynamics that led to the closure of St. Vincent's, Sean Cavanaugh, director of health care finance, is quoted, explaining why the poor get poorer. (October 25, 2010)
     
  • A Modern Healthcare article on bacterial superbugs highlights the Fund’s collaborative work with the Greater New York Hospital Association and the Department of Health on a pilot to develop antimicrobial stewardship tools. (October 25, 2010)
     
  • Cityscape, a journal of the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development, publishes an article written by Fredda Vladeck and four others about a United Hospital Fund collaborative effort under way in 34 low- and moderate-income communities in New York City that is a systemic approach to healthy aging. (July 19, 2010)
     
  • A front-page New York Times article about New York City's efforts to make the city "a kinder and gentler place in which to grow old"—efforts in which Fredda Vladeck has played a guiding role—Ms. Vladeck cautions that the city should not overlook the frail elderly. (July 19, 2010)
     
  • The Health Affairs blog publishes an essay—co-written by Carol Levine, Eric Coleman of the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. and Mary Naylor of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing—that makes a strong case that "patient-centered care and coordination should be foundational, not optional." (July 14, 2010)
     
  • In a New York Times article guiding family caregivers on what they can do to make hospital discharges smoother and safer, the Next Step in Care website is identified as a source for help with medication management and with planning discharges from hospital to a home or a nursing home. (June 18, 2010)
     
  • In a two-part interview conducted by the Alzheimer's Association (Part 1 and Part 2), Carol Levine discusses the status of family caregiving today, the impact of cognitive impairment on caregiving, the Next Step in Care Campaign, the new TC-QuIC collaborative project, young caregivers, and coping with the stresses of being a caregiver. (Spring 2010 and Summer 2010)
     
  • In the front-page New York Times article "Paterson's Ability to Lead Is Questioned," Jim Tallon addresses the New York Governor's decision to end his candidacy:  "Stepping away from a campaign has to, at least in some sense, open up the possibility of advancing some of the governmental discussions, but the size of the problem is huge and the underlying political tensions are largely still there." (February 27, 2010)
     
  • The article "Measuring Coverage for Seniors in Medicare Part A and Estimating the Cost of Making It Universal," written by Michael Birnbaum and Elizabeth Patchias, health policy analyst, is published In the peer-reviewed Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law. (February 2010)
     
  • In the Crain's New York Business magazine article "Fate of Key Fed Health Subsidy Uncertain after Senate Upset," Jim Tallon notes, "Going forward, the most urgent issue in New York is the Federal matching rate for Medicaid." (January 25-31, 2010) Note: Access to the linked article may require a subscription.
     
  • In the front-page New York Times article "Insurer Steps Up Fight to Control Health Care Cost," Sean Cavanaugh is quoted, pointing out that negotiating price reductions and controlling utilization are the hardest ways for insurers to hold down costs. (January 24, 2010)
     
  • In the Time magazine article "What if All 50 States Get Ben Nelson's Medicaid Deal?" Jim Tallon is quoted, explaining why the Senator's deal for Nebraska may have been a blessing for New York and other states. (January 15, 2010)
     
  • The peer-reviewed journal Health Affairs publishes a Fund staff-written article "Bridging Troubled Waters: Family Caregivers, Transitions, and Long-Term Care," which focuses on the Fund's work on family caregiving and offers recommendations. (January 2010)

2009

  • In a New York Nonprofit Press article outlining relief provided by the federal extension of the COBRA health insurance subsidy program to assist laid-off workers, Peter Newell is quoted: "Taken together, these changes are intended to effect a seamless extension of COBRA subsidies from nine to 15 months and to include people who continue to lose jobs up through the end of February.”  (December 23, 2009) 
  • In a New America Media article about efforts in California to make patients' discharges from hospital to home safer, Carol Levine is quoted: "Successful programs for assuring a smooth transition from hospital to home must involve the patient's family caregivers." (December 21, 2009)
     
  • New York Social Diary covers the Fund's 2009 Gala in a photo montage, featuring honorees James and Merryl Tisch, longtime health care leaders in New York; Jackie Harris Hochberg, daughter of the honoree J. Ira Harris, founder of the Harris Obesity Prevention Effort (HOPE) at the NYU Langone Medical Center; and Lee H. Perlman, president of GNYHA Ventures, Inc.; for their respective contributions to improving health care in New York. (November 2009)
     
  • Highlights of a keynote speech by Jim Tallon at Binghamton University's Symposium on Health Care Management and Policy were featured in Inside Binghamton University. (October 22, 2009)
     
  • In a New York 1 News story on immigrants and national health reform, Jim Tallon says, "We want everybody when they are really in need of emergency care to get it.  That's our fundamental standard as a society, and it's also beneficial to each one of us to have that kind of standard." (October 14, 2009)
     
  • A New York Times "New Old Age" blog entry, "When the Neighborhood is the Retirement Village," asks why services can't be brought to seniors living in the community, and then answers, with the help of Fredda Vladeck, that they in fact can and do--through NORC supportive service programs--with the national movement led by New York.. (September 25, 2009)
     
  • In response to a USA Today article about the increasing number of discharged patients who are returning to the Emergency Department, Carol Levine penned a letter to the editor underscoring the critical role family caregivers can play in reducing unnecessary readmissions if they can be trained more effectively. (September 11-13,2009)
     
  •  In the article "Health Exchange on a Small Scale Sees Record Growth," published by HealthLeaders InterStudy, Peter Newell concludes, "I think individuals across the United States are going to be buying [health insurance] through exchanges within a few years..." (Summer 2009) 
     
  • Governing magazine publishes an article "Seniors and the City" that highlights the role of Fredda Vladeck in establishing the first NORC program, as well as her views on the future of NORC programs. (June 2009)
     
  • Nursing Spectrum publishes an article "Nurse-Developed Protocols Decrease MRSA Rates"  that references the work of the Fund and Greater New York Hospital Association in reducing Mount Sinai's central-line infections. (May 29, 2009)
     
  • A New York Times column "When the Hospital Says So Long"  summarizes advice from experts, including Ariella Peist of the Fund's Families and Health Care Project, about planning for hospital discharges. The column concludes that Next Step in Care is "one of the best" websites that offers resources about discharge planning. (May 13, 2009)
     
  •  New York 1 News interviews Jim Tallon for a story titled "Swine Flu Updates Present Unique Challenges" on  the preponderance of media coverage associated with swine flu. (April 29, 2009)
     
  • Carol Levine's letter to the editor of The New York Times, on the importance of family caregivers in helping prevent avoidable rehospitalizations, is published. (April 25, 2009)
     
  • New York 1 News interviews Peter Newell for a story titled "A Lost Job Doesn't Have to Mean Lost Health Insurance," which focuses on the Fund's new consumer guide Hard Times and Health Insurance. (March 31, 2009)
     
  • In a U.S. News & World Report column titled "More Seniors Opting for Nontraditional Retirement Communities," Fredda Vladeck explains the rationale behind NORC programs, and a link to the Fund's NORC Blueprint website is provided. (February 27, 2009)

 

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