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Two-Thirds of Primary Care Physicians Can’t Get Mental Health Services for Patients

April 14, 2009 - About two-thirds of U.S. primary care physicians reported in 2004-05 that they couldn’t get outpatient mental health services for their patients—a rate that was at least twice as high as for other services, according to a national study funded by the Commonwealth Fund published today as a Web Exclusive in the journal Health Affairs.

New Study: 20 Percent of Hospitalized Medicare Patients Readmitted To Hospital Within 30 Days; Half Rehospitalized Without Seeing a Doctor After Discharge

April 2, 2009 - One of five Medicare beneficiaries discharged from the hospital is readmitted within 30 days, and half of non-surgical patients are readmitted to the hospital without having seen an outpatient doctor in follow-up, according to a Commonwealth Fund-supported study in today's New England Journal of Medicine.

Fund Receives $100,000 Bequest

March 24, 2009 - In March 2009, The Commonwealth Fund received an unanticipated bequest of $100,000 from the estate of Ms. Floriana Hogan of Boca Raton, Florida. Ms. Hogan was an educator and her husband was a physician. They resided in Massachusetts prior to their retirement and admired the Fund's work to advance a high performance U.S. health system. The funds will be added to the foundation's endowment.

New Strategy from Commission of Leading Health Care Experts Would Insure Everyone, Improve Health, and Slow Spending Growth by $3 Trillion Through 2020

February 19, 2009 - A comprehensive set of insurance, payment, and system reforms could guarantee affordable health insurance coverage, improve health outcomes, and slow the growth of health spending by $3 trillion by the end of the next decade, according to a new report released today by the Commonwealth Fund Commission on a High Performance Health System.

Statement from Commonwealth Fund President Karen Davis on CHIP Bill Signing

February 4, 2009 - When President Obama signed the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) bill into law today, he took a significant step toward the necessary reforms that will guarantee all Americans the health care they need and deserve. As the President stated, CHIP represents an important down payment on health care reform, and one that will provide enhanced health security for millions of families.

New Study of Physicians Using Health Information Technology in Hospitals Finds Link to Fewer Deaths, Fewer Complications, and Lower Costs

January 26, 2009 - A study published today in the Archives of Internal Medicine, finds that when physicians in hospitals use health information technology (health IT) to its full potential there are fewer deaths, fewer complications, and lower health care costs.

Unemployed Workers Need Assistance Paying for Health Insurance; Only About One of Ten Obtain COBRA Coverage

January 23, 2009 - As unemployment rates reach the highest levels in 16 years, a new analysis from The Commonwealth Fund finds that few laid-off workers—only 9 percent—took up coverage under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) in 2006.

New Survey: Experts Say Obama Administration Should Pursue Ambitious Health Care Reform Agenda; SCHIP and Health Information Technology Top Priorities For Early Action

January 19, 2009 - Leaders in health care and health care policy feel strongly that President-elect Barack Obama should pursue an ambitious health care reform agenda that expands coverage while also improving quality and efficiency, and controlling costs.

New Study: Swiss and Dutch Health Systems Can Provide Lessons for U.S. on Achieving Universal Coverage, Low Administrative Costs

January 16, 2009 - A new Commonwealth Fund study says that policies in the Switzerland and Netherlands that achieve near-universal coverage and low administrative costs can help inform the U.S. health care reform debate.

New Analysis: Congressional Health Care Reform Proposals Would Offer Coverage to Many Without Insurance; Plan to Cover the Uninsured Through Medicare Reduces Health Care Spending By $58 Billion in 2010

January 9, 2009 - With health reform high on the agenda of the incoming Congress and President, a new analysis of legislative proposals--including the plans of President-elect Barack Obama and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT)--shows that several proposals already put forth could substantially reduce the number of uninsured Americans, and would either reduce health care spending or add only modestly to annual health care expenditures.

The Commonwealth Fund Launches New Web Site for Health Care Providers to Compare and Improve Quality of Hospitals Nationwide

December 17, 2008 - The Commonwealth Fund has launched a new Web site that allows health care providers to conduct side-by-side comparisons of 4,500 hospitals nationwide, track performance over time against numerous benchmarks, and download tools to improve health care quality.

New Study: Interruptions in Medicaid Coverage Linked to Increased Hospitalization for Common Health Conditions Including Asthma, Diabetes, and Hypertension

December 15, 2008 - Interruptions in Medicaid coverage are associated with a higher rate of hospitalization for conditions that can often be treated in an ambulatory care setting, including asthma, diabetes, and hypertension, according to a new study in today's issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.

American Families' Use of Retail-Based Health Clinics Remains Modest

December 15, 2008 - Despite rapid growth of retail clinics, only a tiny fraction of American families in 2007 had ever used the in-store clinics, typically located in pharmacies, supermarkets and big-box retailers, according to a national study released today by the Commonwealth Fund and conducted by the Center for Studying Health System Change (HSC).

Talking Health: Political Promises

November 17, 2008 - View the "Talking Health" webcast about what lies ahead for health reform.

New International Survey: More Than Half of U.S. Chronically Ill Adults Skip Needed Care Due to Costs

November 13, 2008 - Compared to patients in seven other countries, chronically ill adults in the United States are far more likely to forgo care because of costs; they also experience the highest rates of medical errors, coordination problems, and high out-of-pocket costs, according to a new study from The Commonwealth Fund.