Commonwealth Fund Bipartisan Congressional Retreat, 2007

Award Amount: $379,581
Approval Date: July 11, 2006
Start Date: July 15, 2006
End Date: July 14, 2007
Alliance for Health Reform
1444 Eye Street, NW, Suite 910
Washington, Dist. of Columbia 20005-6573
Principal Investigator: Edward F. Howard, J.D.

The Fund's annual Bipartisan Congressional Retreat gives members of Congress the opportunity to learn about timely health policy issues and engage in substantive discussion, all in an environment free from partisan politics and media pressures. With the formation of the Commission on a High Performance Health System in 2005, it became possible to link the Commission's policy agenda to the retreat. In 2007, the sessions will likely focus on issues surrounding Medicare, state coverage expansions, the Commission's scorecard findings, patient-centered care, health system redesign, international quality improvement activities, and financing and payment reform. Ensuring strong bipartisan attendance at the retreat is a major challenge; toward that end, the Fund's president, along with Alliance and Commission staff, is personally engaged in recruiting members to attend.