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N.Y. Organization Aiming to Improve Diabetes Care

1/24/12 – In its January 2012 issue, Health Affairs profiled the New York State Health Foundation’s diabetes campaign. The campaign is focusing on adults with type 2 diabetes and is encouraging practicioners to adopt the Chronic Care Model, which emphasizes the use of patient-centered medical homes.

States’ Progress of Implementing Health Care Reform Reported

1/18/12 – Today the White House has released a report on the status of each state’s implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the nation’s health care reform law passed in March of 2010.

Updated: New Medicines In Development for Children

1/23/12 – According to a new report, there are almost 300 new medicines in development that meet the health care needs of infants, children and adolescents. It’s exciting to see that nearly 50 of these new meds are being developed by biopharmaceutical companies located in New York.

Addressing Social Needs Important for Health, Physicians Say in New Survey

1/12/12 – A recent survey among primary care providers and pediatricians showed that 4 in 5 physicians believe taking care of a patient’s social needs – such as access to nutritious food, reliable transportation and adequate housing – is as important as addressing medical conditions.

Health Care Spending Slow Again in 2010

1/11/12 – Federal analysts recently reported that health care spending growth was slow in 2010, continuing a trend that began in 2009.

Opposing Trends in Medicaid Managed Care

1/9/12 – Perhaps it’s too soon to call it a trend, but Connecticut’s decision to drop for-profit health plans from its Medicaid program is running counter to what’s happening in the rest of the country. Beginning on January 1, Connecticut Medicaid will revert back to fee for service.

Sen. Espaillat Op-Ed On “Medical Homes” Research

1/5/12 – Last October, New York Health Works highlighted the formation of a Regional Health Collaborative by New York-Presbyterian Hospital that sought to improve the health of residents in the largely Hispanic Washington Heights-Inwood community. The program, spearheaded by Dr. J. Emilio Carillo, created a network of patient-centered medical homes that linked to other providers and community-based resources.

Important Health Reform Dates for 2012

1/4/12 – Check out a Washington Post blog today that highlights five important health care implementation dates to watch this for year.

Happy New Year to All!

12/30/11 – 2011 was the inaugural year for the New York Health Works blog. We aim to keep improving in 2012 as we continue striving to be the one-stop shop for health care news and policy information in New York.

New Hope for Persons with Multiple Sclerosis

12/27/11 – The New York Times published an article today on new drugs that are dramatically improving the lives of people living with multiple sclerosis. In the United States, there are approximately 400,000 people living with MS. People are usually, but not exclusively diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50. Women are two to three times more likely to have multiple sclerosis than men.