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You Get What You Pay for: Measuring Quality in Value-Based Payment for Children's Health Care

Publication Date: 06.16.2016
Author: Suzanne C. Brundage

Examining the quality measures and outcomes that could be used in value-based payment arrangements for children’s health care in New York: how value for children will be defined, and how it will be measured.

Preventing Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection (CLABSI) in the Home Care Setting

Publication Date: 06.14.2016

This toolkit offers practical approaches and tools for home care professionals and hospital acute care providers to systematically assess the risks for and reduce the incidence of central line–associated bloodstream infections in patients receiving home health care services.

Advancing Integration of Behavioral Health into Primary Care: A Continuum-Based Framework

Publication Date: 06.07.2016
Author: Henry Chung, MD, Nina Rostanski, MPH, Hope Glassberg, MPA, and Harold Alan Pincus, MD

An innovative, step-by-step model guides small to medium-size practices through the intricacies of integrating behavioral health services into primary care, one of the major challenges in the drive toward "advanced primary care.

Affordable Care Act Brings New Life—and Covered Lives—to New York’s Individual Market

Publication Date: 05.26.2016
Author: Peter Newell and Nikhita Thaper

A snapshot report examining the successful steps New York took to improve its individual health insurance market after the rollout of the ACA, and the steps that will be necessary to sustain that improvement. 

Capitation and the Evolving Roles of Providers and Payers in New York

Publication Date: 05.05.2016
Author: Gregory C. Burke, Suzanne C. Brundage, and Nathan Myers

This report describes the basics of capitation, spelling out the range of new skills and capacities required by providers to be successful at it, as well as implications for providers, health plans, consumers, and policymakers.

Performance of New York’s Accountable Care Organizations in Year 2 of the Medicare Shared Savings Program

Publication Date: 04.18.2016
Author: Greg Burke and Suzanne Brundage

Accountable care organizations have now been participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program long enough for year-over-year comparisons and additional analysis of factors affecting providers’ performance. This report analyzes CMS data on both quality and financial performance for participating programs in New York.

A New Arena for Reducing Antibiotic Misuse: Outpatient Care

Publication Date: 03.24.2016
Author: Hillary Jalon and Anne-Marie Audet, M.D.

Health Affairs Blog reports on United Hospital Fund's new Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship Initiative.

The Next Wave: The Impact of Two New Proposed Mergers on New York’s Health Insurance Market

Publication Date: 03.24.2016
Author: Peter Newell and Nikhita Thaper

A Big Picture snapshot report examining two new proposed mergers of large health plans, focusing on the implications for New York markets.

After the Reinsurance Is Gone: A New Challenge for New York's Individual Market

Publication Date: 03.03.2016
Author: Peter Newell and Nikhita Thaper

A Big Picture snapshot report that examines the federal Transitional Reinsurance Program and what might provide premium-stabilizing effects after the program expires in 2016.

Seizing the Moment: Strengthening Children's Primary Care in New York

Publication Date: 01.07.2016
Author: Suzanne Brundage

An analysis of New York’s momentous opportunity to improve the health and well-being of children through a renewed focus on early childhood development in primary care, with key considerations and challenges for scaling and sustaining effective innovations.

Levers of Change

Publication Date: 12.17.2015

This year's annual report highlights how UHF's strategic use of resources to target key levers of change is helping move health care reform from theory to reality, to create concrete improvements in the delivery of care—and in its outcomes—for all New Yorkers.

Navigating the New York State Value-Based Payment Roadmap

Publication Date: 11.23.2015
Author: Rob Houston, Katherine J. Heflin, and Tricia McGinnis

A guide distilling and explaining the New York State Roadmap for Medicaid Payment Reform, which lays out New York’s ambitious goals of moving toward value-based payment from a fee-for-service model.

Redesigning Children’s Behavioral Health Services in New York’s Medicaid Program

Publication Date: 11.10.2015
Author: Elizabeth Patchias

This report gives an overview of the complex structure of New York Medicaid’s current services for children needing behavioral health services, reviews the State’s planned approach to reforming this system, and explores several important policy considerations for stakeholders as the reforms move forward.

Recent Trends and Future Directions for the Medical Home Model in New York

Publication Date: 08.12.2015
Author: Greg Burke

Fourth in a series of reports monitoring the growth of the medical home model in New York, as measured by the number of practices recognized as Patient-Centered Medical Homes, this report examines factors associated with the model’s adoption and success and looks ahead toward Advanced Primary Care, a model that New York State is pursuing.

What’s Next for New York’s Child Health Plus Program?

Publication Date: 08.05.2015
Author: Peter Newell and Nikhita Thaper

This issue brief examines decisions New York faces as it considers the future of the Child Health Plus (CHP) program, the State's health insurance plan for children.

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