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Covering and Caring for Kids

February 2, 2011 - This episode focuses on a new report evaluating how well the nation cares for its kids. Producer Sandy Hausman explores why children's coverage has improved in 35 states despite the recession, what states can learn from each other, and how health reform can help. Play »

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Transparency in Health Care

January 18, 2011 - Americans usually know what they can expect to pay for products—and most understand that you get what you pay for—but when it comes to health care, that's not the case. This episode looks at how sharing information about quality and costs with the public, payers, and health care professionals may change the way health care is delivered. Play »

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Veterans Affairs Undersecretary of Health Robert Petzel, "Transforming Health Care Systems: A Vision for the Future"

November 24, 2010 - The Honorable Robert A. Petzel, M.D., Under Secretary for Health, Department of Veterans Affairs gave the John M. Eisenberg, M.D., International Lecture, "Transforming Health Care Systems: A Vision for the Future," on November 18, at the 2010 Commmonwealth Fund International Health Policy and Practice Symposium in Washington, D.C. Play »

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U.K. Minister of State for Health Simon Burns: 2010 Commonwealth Fund International Symposium Keynote

November 24, 2010 - The Honorable Simon Burns, MP, Minister of State for Health, England, gave this keynote address, "In Search of Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS," on November 17, at the 2010 Commmonwealth Fund International Health Policy and Practice Symposium in Washington, D.C. Play »

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Investing in Health IT: What the U.S. and Other Countries Are Learning

November 18, 2010 - This Oct. 29 Alliance for Health Reform/Commonwealth Fund Briefing held in Washington, D.C., focused on such health IT issues as the speed of adoption and "meaningful use" standards. Speakers included David Blumenthal, National Coordinator, Health Information Technology, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Play »

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Designing a Marketplace that Works: Steps to Affordable Coverage

November 18, 2010 - This Oct. 22 Alliance for Health Reform/Commonwealth Fund Briefing held in Washington, D.C., focused on the implementation of state health insurance exchanges. Speakers included Joel Ario, Deputy Director, Office of Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight Department of Health and Human Services (HHS); Terry Gardiner, National Policy Director, Small Business Majority; Timothy Stolzfus Jost, Robert L. Willett Family Professorship of Law Washington and Lee University School of Law; and Michael McRaith, Director, Illinois Department of Insurance. Play »

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Transforming Safety Net Clinics into Medical Homes

October 21, 2010 - Sandy Hausman reports on the Safety Net Medical Home Initiative, a Commonwealth Fund-supported demonstration project designed to help clinics that serve low-income patients become medical homes. Play »

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Sharing Resources to Improve Care

August 19, 2010 - Today, many primary care practices are sharing clinical and technical services with other providers so that they can become certified medical homes, which provide patients with coordinated, around-the-clock care. In Massachusetts, 95 percent of pediatric practices rely on the Child Psychiatry Access Project for guidance in mental health care. Play »

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How the U.S. Health System Stacks Up

June 23, 2010 - Commonwealth Fund president Karen Davis discusses how the Affordable Care Act might improve U.S. health system performance relative to six other industrialized countries surveyed by The Commonwealth Fund. Play »

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Pathways to Payment Innovation in a Post-Health Reform Era

June 18, 2010 - This May 10, 2010, Alliance for Health Reform/Commonwealth Fund briefing examined ways in which the new health reform law encourages innovation in the way health care is paid for. It featured presentations by Stuart Guterman, The Commonwealth Fund's assistant vice president for Payment System Reform; and Nick Wolter, CEO of the Billings Clinic in Montana. Gail Wilensky, a senior fellow at Project HOPE and former chairman of Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC); Mark Miller, executive director of MedPAC; and Ed Howard of the Alliance provided commentary. A detailed timeline of health reform implementation dates constructed by The Commonwealth Fund helped set the context. Play »

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E-Forum Slide Show: Health Reform and Young Adults

June 18, 2010 - This May 24, 2010, Alliance for Health Reform/Commonwealth Fund briefing in Washington, D.C., focused on how the health reform legislation will help young adults. It featured presentations by Sara Collins, vice president of the Affordable Health Insurance Program of The Commonwealth Fund; Roland McDevitt, head of the health research group at the consulting firm Towers Watson; and Kaitlyn Kenney, director of policy at the Massachusetts Health Connector. Ed Howard of the Alliance moderated. Play »

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How Will Community Health Centers Fare Under Health Reform?

May 27, 2010 - This episode of the New Directions in Health Care series looks at the findings from a survey of federally qualified health centers. Community health centers are the core of the ambulatory care safety net—serving some 16 million Americans, regardless of their ability to pay. Play »

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What's in There? An Ask-the-Experts Overview of the Health Reform Law

May 10, 2010 - This Apr. 16, 2010 Alliance for Health Reform/Commonwealth Fund briefing in Washington, D.C., featured presentations by Sara R. Collins of The Commonwealth Fund, Dean Rosen of The Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti, Inc., and Neera Tanden of Center for American Progress. The Commonwealth Fund's Karen Davis and the Alliance's Ed Howard moderated. Play »

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Health Care Abroad and Reform at Home—Controlling Health Care Costs

March 17, 2010 - This episode of the New Directions in Health Care series looks at the costs of providing medical services in other parts of the world and considers how health care reform might change the bottom line in this country. It explores ways in which proposed health reforms in Congress—such as an emphasis on primary care and new approaches to delivery and payment—could help ensure value for our health care dollars. Play »

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The Commonwealth Fund's 2009 International Symposium on Health Care Policy

February 17, 2010 - Watch the highlights of the ministers' roundtable from The Commonwealth Fund's 2009 International Symposium on Health Care Policy, "Top Priorities for Achieving a High Performance Health Care System." Participants included Carolyn Clancy, M.D., director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; Andy Burnham MP, Secretary of State for Health, England; Thomas Björn Zeltner, M.D., former Secretary of State for Health, Switzerland; Abraham (Ab) Klink, Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport, The Netherlands; Dr. Jonathan Coleman, Associate Minister of Health, New Zealand; Karin Johansson, State Secretary for Health, Sweden; Lord Ara Darzi, KBE, M.D., Former Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, England. Play »

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