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Keeping Young Adults Insured

August 6, 2009 - More than 13.2 million young adults in the U.S. have no health insurance coverage, finds a Commonwealth Fund study. While many young adults are healthy, this age group is in need of preventive care for the chronic conditions so many Americans develop. Learn how federal and state policies can help keep young people insured. Play »


Sir Michael Rawlins on Comparative Effectiveness in the U.K.

July 28, 2009 - Sir Michael Rawlins, chairman of the U.K.'s Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), observes that NICE has "increased the new drugs available to patients and patients are getting a lot of benefit from it....So we're not saving anybody any money, we’re just making sure the money is well spent." Play »


Peter Sawicki on Comparative Effectiveness in German Health Care

July 28, 2009 - Peter Sawicki, M.D., Ph.D., director of Germany's Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care, reviews how his agency aims to inform policy, as well as patients and doctors. Play »


Laurent Degos on Comparative Effectiveness in French Health Care

July 28, 2009 - Laurent Degos, M.D., Ph.D., chair of the French National Authority for Health (HAS), outlines the four principles of comparative effectiveness research in France, beginning with the principle that comparative effectiveness research is independent of decision makers and payers. Play »


Kalipso Chalkidou on Comparative Effectiveness in Health Care in the U.K.

July 28, 2009 - Kalipso Chalkidou, M.D., Ph.D., director of policy consulting for the U.K.'s National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), discusses how NICE works and highlights the importance getting "buy-in" from industry, the public, health professionals, and others, "bringing together people and trying to involve them meaningfully." Play »


Lloyd Sansom on Comparative Effectiveness in Australian Health Care

July 28, 2009 - Professor Emeritus Lloyd Sansom, AO, Chair, of the Australian Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC), looks at how comparative effectiveness research helps give Australians "access to drugs that work at a cost they as individuals and we as a country can afford." Play »


Maximizing the Value of Health Information Technology

July 23, 2009 - Sarah Klein interviews Justin Starren, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Marshfield Clinic's Biomedical Informatics Research Center, about how health information technology can improve quality of care. Play »


How Health Reform Can Improve the Individual Insurance Market

July 21, 2009 - A new Commonwealth Fund study finds that the individual insurance market is not working for Americans. More than three-fourths of people say they don't buy insurance because they can't afford the premiums and when they do purchase coverage, it is often inadequate. The creation of national health insurance exchange, where people could choose from a range of affordable insurance plans with minimum standard benefits, could transform the marketplace. Play »


Help for Health Care Providers Putting Policy into Practice

July 16, 2009 - Given the tightly packed schedules of health care providers, there can be a lag time of as long as a decade in getting national recommendations into practice. Public-private improvement partnerships, a concept developed with Commonwealth Fund support by the Vermont Child Health Improvement Program, provide regional training, site visits, and more, to help with the process of change. Play »


Vidhya Alakeson on Her Harkness Project on Patient-Centered Self Direction

June 24, 2009 - Vidhya Alakeson, a 2006–07 Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy from the U.K., was placed in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In this video, she discusses her Harkness project, "Transforming Healthcare into a Patient-Led Service: Giving Individuals Greater Choice and Control over Their Treatment."
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Katharina Janus on Her Harkness Fellowship Experience

June 24, 2009 - Katharina Janus, a 2006–07 Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy from Germany, is an assistant professor at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. In this video, she discusses the impact of the Harkness Fellowship on her research and career. Play »


Patients' Voices: A Commonwealth Fund/Consumers Union Event

June 18, 2009 - This June 11 event cosponsored by The Commonwealth Fund and Consumers Union features speakers Neera Tanden, senior policy advisor for the Department of Health and Human Services, Karen Davis, president of The Commonwealth Fund, Jim Guest, president and CEO of Consumers Union, Sara Collins, assistant vice president at The Commonwealth Fund, and three Americans coping with inadequate health insurance and high health care costs. Play »


Reducing Rehospitalizations: New Initiative Addresses Readmissions as a Community Problem

June 17, 2009 - Being discharged from the hospital is something most patients eagerly anticipate, but many patients find themselves back in the hospital far too soon. A new Commonwealth Fund-supported initiative administered by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement called STAAR--State Action on Avoidable Rehospitalization--is a multi-state, multi-stakeholder collaborative that aims to reduce rehospitalization rates by 30 percent. Play »


National Health Insurance Exchanges: See How They Run

June 4, 2009 - What is actually meant by a health insurance exchange and how might it work? Watch this e-forum, with slides and audio, of a May 11, 2009 Commonwealth Fund/Alliance for Health Reform briefing featuring Nancy Turnbull, Harvard University; Richard Curtis, Institute for Health Policy Solutions; and Linda Blumberg, Urban Institute. Ed Howard of the Alliance for Health Reform and Cathy Schoen of The Commonwealth Fund moderated. Audio courtesy of Play »


The Public Plan Option: A Commonwealth Fund/Alliance for Health Reform Briefing

May 13, 2009 - One of the proposals to expand coverage to the more than 45 million uninsured Americans is referred to as the "public plan option." This e-forum, with slides and audio from a April 27, 2009 Commonwealth Fund/Alliance for Health Reform Briefing, features Karen Davis, president of The Commonwealth Fund; Karen Ignagni, president of America's Health Insurance Plans; John Holahan, Urban Institute; and Stuart Butler, The Heritage Foundation. Ed Howard of the Alliance moderated. Audio courtesy of Play »


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