November 2, 2010 - An initiative by the U. S. technology company Pitney Bowes to make medications of proven value less expensive for their employees succeeded in stabilizing employees' adherence to their treatment regimens, according to a Commonwealth Fund-supported study published in this month's Health Affairs.
October 25, 2010 - Experts surveyed in the latest Commonwealth Fund/Modern Healthcare Health Care Opinion Leaders Survey support moving away from the current method of negotiating health care payments—a complex system in which public and private health insurers each engage independently with multiple health care providers to negotiate or set payment rates with hospitals and physicians.
October 12, 2010 - Comparative data on patient safety and hospital quality are available online for the first time, through WhyNotTheBest.org, The Commonwealth Fund's resource for reporting and comparing health care quality data.
October 8, 2010 - According to this Commonwealth Fund report, by 2014, when most of the Affordable Care Act's provisions will have taken effect, up to 7.2 million uninsured young adults will gain coverage through Medicaid expansions and up to 4.9 million will gain subsidized private coverage through new insurance exchanges.
October 7, 2010 - The United States continues to lag behind other nations when it comes to gains in life expectancy, and commonly cited causes for our poor performance—obesity, smoking, traffic fatalities, and homicide—are not to blame, according to a Commonwealth Fund-supported study published today as a Health Affairs Web First.
September 30, 2010 - A new report from The Commonwealth Fund provides recommendations for state and federal policymakers as they design and implement the new health insurance exchanges which are a key element of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
September 23, 2010 - Commonwealth Fund Executive Vice President for Programs Steve Schoenbaum, M.D., has decided to pursue other interests and will leave the foundation at the end of 2010.
September 16, 2010 - Today the U.S. Census Bureau released the latest data on the number of Americans without health insurance. The number rose to 50.7 million in 2009, from 46.3 million in 2008, the highest level since the Census Bureau began collecting this data in 1987. Reflecting the nation's high unemployment rate, the record increase in the numbers of people who lack health coverage was driven by a dramatic drop-off in private insurance, especially in employer-sponsored insurance.
September 13, 2010 - Information that is easily available to the public and that patients are encouraged to use to select a physician, such as what medical school they attended, years of experience, and malpractice claims, are poor predictors of the quality of care those doctors provide, according to a new Commonwealth Fund-supported article.
September 2, 2010 - More than 16 million small business employees work in firms that will be eligible for tax credits under the Affordable Care Act, according to a new Commonwealth Fund report.
July 30, 2010 - Thirty million women will benefit from the new health reform law over the next decade, either through new or strengthened insurance coverage, according to a new report from The Commonwealth Fund.
July 26, 2010 - Nearly nine of 10 leaders in health care and health care policy think that the lack of incentives and current financial interests of providers and other stakeholders are barriers to moving health care toward more integrated and accountable delivery models.
July 21, 2010 - Julio Frenk, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., dean of the Harvard School of Public Health and T & G Angelopoulos professor of Public Health and International Development, a joint position at the John F. Kennedy School of Government and the Harvard School of Public Health, has been elected to The Commonwealth Fund Board of Directors. His membership on the Board will begin in April 2011.
June 23, 2010 - Despite having the most expensive health care system, the United States ranks last overall compared to six other industrialized countries—Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom—on measures of health system performance in five areas: quality, efficiency, access to care, equity and the ability to lead long, healthy, productive lives, according to a new Commonwealth Fund report. While there is room for improvement in every country, the U.S. stands out for not getting good value for its health care dollars, ranking last despite spending $7,290 per capita on health care in 2007 compared to the $3,837 spent per capita in the Netherlands, which ranked first overall.
June 8, 2010 - The new Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMI) must be inclusive and flexible in developing and implementing payment initiatives, continuously monitor their impact, and rapidly disseminate them if they appear to be successful, in order to realize the potential for improved health care delivery and reduced spending, according to a new Health Affairs article by Commonwealth Fund researchers.