January 27, 2012 - An international survey of adults living with health problems and complex care needs found that patients in the United States are much more likely than those in 10 other high-income countries to forgo needed care because of costs and to struggle with medical debt. In all the countries surveyed, patients who have a medical home reported better coordination of care, fewer medical errors, and greater satisfaction with care than those without one.
For more information, see our summary of the Health Affairs article, New 2011 Survey of Patients with Complex Care Needs in Eleven Countries Finds That Care Is Often Poorly Coordinated.
January 23, 2012 - Health care spending in 2009 and 2010 grew at the slowest rates in 50 years. This startling news was largely attributed to the shrinking economy. In a new blog post, Commonwealth Fund president Karen Davis suggests that lower longer-term projections point to a shift in the health system.
For more information, see the Fund blog, Bending the Health Care Cost Curve: New Era in American Health Care?
January 23, 2012 - The charts accompanying the blog post by the Fund's Sara Collins and Tracy Garber provide a picture, as of May 2012, of where states stand in establishing the legal authority for their insurance exchanges.
For more information, see the Fund blog, State Health Insurance Exchange Legislation: A Progress Report.
January 9, 2012 - International comparisons of health care systems offer valuable tools to health ministers, policymakers, and academics wishing to evaluate the performance of their country's system. In this chartbook, we use data collected by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) to compare health care systems and performance on a range of topics, including spending, hospitals, physicians, pharmaceuticals, prevention, mortality, quality of care, and prices.
For more information see Multinational Comparisons of Health Systems Data, 2011.
November 28, 2011 - For more information see, Ensuring Equity: A Post-Reform Framework to Achieve High Performance Health Care for Vulnerable Populations.
November 16, 2011 - For more information, see "State Trends in Premiums and Deductibles, 2003-2010: The Need for Action to Address Rising Costs".
November 4, 2011 - For more information, see "Testimony: Premium Tax Credits Under the Affordable Care Act: How Will They Help Millions of Uninsured Americans Gain Affordable, Comprehensive Health Insurance".
October 20, 2011 - For more information, see "Why Not the Best? Results from the National Scorecard on U.S. Health System Performance, 2011"
October 7, 2011 - For more information, see "Low-Quality, High-Cost Hospitals, Mainly in the South, Care for Sharply Higher Shares of Elderly Black, Hispanic, and Medicaid Patients".
September 26, 2011 -
For more information, see "Variations in Amenable Mortality—Trends in 16 High-Income Nations".
September 12, 2011 - For more information, see the full report: Affordable Care Act Reforms Could Reduce the Number of Underinsured U.S. Adults by 70 Percent
September 12, 2011 - For more information see the full report: Raising Expectations: A State Scorecard on Long-Term Services and Supports for Older Adults, People with Physical Disabilities, and Family Caregivers
August 11, 2011 - For more information, please see Health Care Opinion Leaders' Views on Vulnerable Populations in the U.S. Health System.
July 28, 2011 - For more information, please see The U.S. Health System in Perspective: A Comparison of Twelve Industrialized Nations
May 26, 2011 - For more information, please see Realizing Health Reform's Potential: How the Affordable Care Act is Helping Young Adults Stay Covered.