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Medicaid Director Announces Initiative for Young Children at UHF Conference

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New York State Medicaid Director Jason Helgerson announced the First 1000 Days on Medicaid Initiative at United Hospital Fund’s annual Medicaid conference on July 20, aimed at improving access to health and social services for children during their first three years. 

New Journal Article Describes Successes of Clinical Quality Fellowship Program

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The Greater New York Hospital Association and United Hospital Fund launched the Clinical Quality Fellowship Program (CQFP) in 2009 to develop quality improvement leaders in the New York region. A new article published in the American Journal of Medical Quality on July 14, 2017, describes the CQFP’s structure and curriculum, program participants’ perceived value, improvement projects, and the career paths of 87 participants. 

Report Finds Significant Increase in Prescription Drug Spending for Insurers in New York State

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Prescription drug spending increased in the double digits on average in recent years across New York State for health plans participating in Medicaid Managed Care and in the commercial small group markets, according to a new UHF report.

Learning Collaborative: How Do We Prioritize Patients’ Goals?

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The second meeting of participants in a learning collaborative that is part of the Patient-Reported Outcomes in Primary Care–New York (PROPC–NY) initiative, a project of of UHF's Quality Institute, took place at the Fund  on June 20. Some 30 participants discussed how to ensure that patients are not only healthy but satisfied with their treatment.

Health Affairs Article Highlights UHF’s Partnerships in Early Childhood Development Initiative

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An article in the journal Health AffairsInterest In Early Childhood Health Leads To Three Funders Working Together, describes the Partnerships for Early Childhood Development initiative, a collaboration by United Hospital Fund (UHF), the Altman Foundation, and The New York Community Trust (The Trust) to support efforts by eleven New York City hospitals to screen young children for social determinants of health and connect them with the appropriate services.

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.

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