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Carol Levine: Can a Medicare Beneficiary Assigned to Observation Services Appeal the Decision?

Release Date: 08.16.2017
Contact: Catherine Arnst

“Observation” instead of “inpatient” status can cost patients and their families thousands of dollars, both for their hospital stays and following rehab services. A decision allowing a class action suit against HHS and CMS may finally alter that.

Jim Tallon: Health Care’s Circular Journey

Release Date: 08.01.2017
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A look back over the past decades shows tremendous progress—and a would-be retreat that threatens the health care of millions.

Carol Levine: Implementing the CARE Act: What’s Working? What’s Not?

Release Date: 06.12.2017
Contact: Catherine Arnst

It’s been a year since New York State’s CARE Act went into effect, with the goal of ensuring that patients know they can name a family caregiver before they’re discharged from the hospital. Is it making a difference?

Jim Tallon: Breaking a Fifty-Year Compact

Release Date: 05.19.2017
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The approach taken by the latest health care proposal would break a 50-year federal-state compact and threaten New York’s coverage and quality achievements.

Op-Ed: Congress’ Health Care Reform Fails New York’s Children

Release Date: 05.05.2017
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The potentially devastating consequences of the proposed American Health Care Act for New York’s children are discussed by Suzanne Brundage, program director, Children's Health Initiative, and Patricia S. Levinson Fellow at UHF, in a  Crain’s New York Business op-ed.

Suzanne Brundage: Near-Universal Children’s Coverage: New York’s Threatened Legacy

Release Date: 03.16.2017
Contact: Catherine Arnst

With an uncertain future for Medicaid it is vital to reflect on the efforts behind New York’s remarkable, and hard-won, rate of health insurance coverage for its children, and on the planned improvements that are at stake.

Carol Levine: No Caregiver Is an Island, Though It May Seem That Way

Release Date: 12.12.2016
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Meeting specific needs, not a one-size-fits-all approach, is what will really help the growing population of caregivers.

Jim Tallon: The Certainty of Uncertainty

Release Date: 12.07.2016
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In the wake of the elections, health policy’s future is uncertain, but some constants—like the centrality of New York to health care reform, and UHF’s own role—remain.

Carol Levine: Demystifying the Language of Health Care and Social Services

Release Date: 08.23.2016
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This commentary by Carol Levine was originally published on Aging Today's blog.

Jim Tallon: Keeping Patient Engagement Relevant

Release Date: 06.27.2016
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What do we mean when we say "patient engagement"? What related myths can we lay to rest? And how do we ensure that our public debate fosters meaningful implementation?

Jim Tallon: Three Trends Shaping Health Care

Release Date: 05.20.2016
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Jim Tallon reflects on three trends that are shaping the future of the health care system in the greater New York area.

Carol Levine: Carer, Caregiver—What’s in a Name?

Release Date: 04.21.2016
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This commentary by Carol Levine was originally published on the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association’s “Families and Health” blog.

Jim Tallon: Health Care 2021—A New Golden Age?

Release Date: 04.15.2016
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The potential exists for a “golden age” of New York health care—if a number of essential elements are in place.

Fredda Vladeck: Better Partnerships for Better Health

Release Date: 02.10.2016
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For a forthright exchange and true partnership with their clients’ health care providers, community-based organizations have to become targeted and systematic in how they serve their clients, and be able to demonstrate that.

Levers of Change: Local Focus, System-Wide Gains

Release Date: 12.17.2015
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For a small organization, UHF has a very large mission: to improve health care for all New Yorkers. We've had notable successes through the years, by using our resources strategically and focusing on key levers of change.

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