Ruben Amarasingham, M.D.
Information technology has the potential to transform the way health care is delivered and received. Ruben Amarasingham, M.D., directly measured physicians' use of health IT in hospitals.
Gina LivermoreMathematica Policy Research's Gina Livermore, Ph.D., talks about the impact and cost of eliminating Medicare's waiting period.
Mary Wakefield, Ph.D.
The Center for Rural Health's Mary Wakefield, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., talks about the unique challenges accessing health care in rural areas.
Sharon Long, Ph.D.
The Urban Institute's Sharon Long, Ph.D., reviews the impact of the historic Massachusetts health reform law.
Dean Schillinger, M.D.
To promote better access to diabetes care and improve outcomes, Dean Schillinger, M.D., professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, worked with his team at the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations on interventions for patients with low health literacy or limited English proficiency.
Too many young children--particularly those in low-income households--have developmental delays that go undetected until they begin school. We spoke with Neva Kaye, senior program director of the National Academy for State Health Policy, about the accomplishments of The Commonwealth Fund's Assuring Better Child Health and Development (ABCD) program over the past seven years, the challenge of changing providers' behavior, and how the ABCD model could be used to promote other facets of high-performance health care.
Barbra Rabson, M.P.H.
With Commonwealth Fund support, Massachusetts Health Quality Partners (MHQP)—a coalition of physicians, hospitals, health plans, purchasers, consumers, and government agencies—is working to develop measures, collect data, and publish reports. We talked to MHQP executive director Barbra Rabson, M.P.H., about the challenges involved in evaluating and reporting on the care experience.
David Grabowski, Ph.D.
Many hospitalizations of nursing home residents are entirely avoidable. We talked to Harvard University's David Grabowski, Ph.D., about the causes, costs, and consequences of high hospitalization rates, as well as the prospects for the reform of nursing home payment policy.
James Verdier and Debra Lipson
James Verdier and Debra Lipson of Mathematica Policy Research discuss their evaluation of Maine's DirigoChoice, one of the first state-based comprehensive health insurance plans.
Eric Coleman, M.D.
Eric Coleman, M.D., Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, talks about a tool he designed to not only improve the quality of transitions but also engage patients in their own care.
David Bergman, M.D.
David Bergman, M.D., associate professor of pediatrics at the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford University, talks about his vision for a new, flexible model of well-child care.
Bruce Siegel, M.D., M.P.H.
Bruce Siegel, M.D., M.P.H., of George Washington University, talks about the challenges involved in collecting and using data on quality measures, as well as patients' race, ethnicity, and language.
Sarah H. Scholle
Sarah H. Scholle, of the National Committee for Quality Assurance, discusses ways to advance patient-centered care.
Ashish Jha, M.D.
Ashish Jha, M.D., of the Harvard School of Public Health, talks about quality variations even within individual hospitals, and how patients can spark change.
Bruce Stuart, Ph.D.
Bruce Stuart, of the University of Maryland, talks about the new Medicare drug benefit and his Fund-supported effort to profile beneficiary medication use.
Leslie Grant, Ph.D.
Leslie Grant, Ph.D., of the University of Minnesota, is looking at the resident-centered care initiative at one of the few for-profit nursing home chains undergoing "culture change."
Peter Sprivulis, M.D.When hospitals run at or above capacity, serious problems can arise. But Peter Sprivulis, M.D., says there are sustainable approaches to meeting the demand for acute health care.
Robert Miller, Ph.D.EMRs can improve the quality and efficiency of care, but many practices are slow to adopt the new technology, says Fund grantee Robert Miller, Ph.D.
Maren Monsen, M.D.
With partial funding from the Fund, Maren Monsen,M.D., a 38-year-old filmmaker-in-residence and senior researcher at the Stanford University Center for Biomedical Ethics, produces Worlds Apart.
Sandro Galea, M.D.
To help New Yorkers in the wake of the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center, Sandro Galea, M.D., M.P.H, and colleagues measure the disaster's psychological effects to aid city planners in forming a response.
"Nursing homes" bring to mind bleak places. But a growing movement, and pioneers like Stephen Shields seek to change that.
Stephen Ross, M.D.
Through the work of innovators like Stephen Ross, M.D., patients may soon have a higher level of access to their medical files.
Marian Earls, M.D.
Marian Earls, M.D., medical director of Guilford Child Health in Greensboro, led a demonstration project that integrated developmental screening and case management into three Guilford clinics that serve low-income children.
A talk with Simon Stevens, Prime Minister Tony Blair's former health policy adviser, about the NHS and challenges health systems face on both sides of the Atlantic.
Paul Dworkin, M.D.
The Help Me Grow project, led by Paul Dworkin, M.D., aims to detect problems in young children at the earliest possible stage.
John Wasson, M.D., and Regina Benjamin, M.D.
John Wasson, M.D., and Regina Benjamin, M.D., have created a free online survey providing personalized health information patients can use at their next doctor's visit.
Joan Reede, M.D., M.P.H., M.S.
The Commonwealth Fund/ Harvard University Fellowship in Minority Health Policy, headed by Dr. Joan Reede, trains physicians to take on leadership roles.
Mary Naylor, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N.
Maintaining continuity of care is critical after discharge from the hospital. Fund grantee Mary Naylor, R.N., Ph.D., F.A.A.N, is studying a post-acute care model in which advanced practice nurses follow high-risk patients from hospital to home.
Kate Lapane, Ph.D.
A new medication review process will be tested and evaluated in 26 North Carolina nursing homes. Brown University's Kate Lapane, Ph.D., is leading the effort.