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Executive Vice President for Programs Steve Schoenbaum, M.D., to Leave The Commonwealth Fund

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.

Statement from Commonwealth Fund President Karen Davis: New Census Data on Uninsured Shows Recession Hits Middle-Class Health Care Coverage Hard

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.

Physician Attributes Commonly Used By Consumers to Choose Doctors Mostly Unrelated To Physician Quality

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.

16.6 Million Small Business Employees Could Benefit from Affordable Care Act Provisions Starting This Year
3.4 Million Workers in Firms Likely to Take Up Tax Credit by 2013

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.

Thirty Million Women to Benefit from Health Reform Law, Including Up to 15 Million Who Will Gain New Subsidized Coverage

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.

Experts Believe Lack of Incentives and Financial Interests Are Barriers to Integrated and Accountable Care

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.

Dr. Julio Frenk to Join Commonwealth Fund Board of Directors

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.

U.S. Ranks Last Among Seven Countries on Health System Performance Based on Measures of Quality, Efficiency, Access, Equity, and Healthy Lives

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.

New Reports: Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation Must Develop and Implement Payment Reforms Rapidly to Achieve Goals of Effective, Coordinated, Efficient Care

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.

National Survey of Community Health Centers Finds Those Closely Affiliated with Hospitals Report Fewer Problems Obtaining Specialty Care for Patients

May 27, 2010 - Community health centers that are closely affiliated with hospitals have fewer difficulties getting their patients appointments for specialty procedures like x-rays, diagnostic tests, and visits with specialist physicians, according to a new Commonwealth Fund survey of community health centers released today.

Affordable Care Act Has Potential to Extend Health Insurance to Up to 13.7 Million Uninsured Young Adults, Protect Young Adults from Medical Debt

May 21, 2010 - Most of the 13.7 million currently uninsured young adults in the U.S. could gain health insurance coverage under the recently enacted health reform law, according to a new report from The Commonwealth Fund.

Report Shows Health Reform Will Reduce Health Care Spending by Nearly $600 Billion While Improving Access to Care for 32 Million Uninsured

May 21, 2010 - The Center for American Progress and The Commonwealth Fund released a report today that details the effects of the health reform law passed in March.

Association of Health Care Journalists Launches New Fellowships in Health Performance

May 19, 2010 - The Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ) has announced a new fellowship program to help reporters identify and describe high performance health care in their local health care systems and across the United States.

Experts Believe Health Care Reform Will Expand Access to Affordable Health Insurance to Millions Who Need It

April 5, 2010 - After more than a year of debate and countless meetings, votes, and speeches, Congress passed sweeping health reform legislation last month, and President Barack Obama signed it into law. By an overwhelming majority (89%), leaders in health care and health policy think the new reform law will successfully expand access to affordable health insurance to the millions of Americans who currently go without it.

100 Percent of Primary Care Doctors in Denmark Use Electronic Medical Records

March 11, 2010 - All primary care doctors in Denmark use electronic medical records and 98 percent have the ability to electronically manage patient care—including ordering prescriptions, drafting notes about patient visits, and sending appointment reminders. In addition, almost all medical communication between primary care doctors, specialists, and hospitals is electronic, according to a new Commonwealth Fund profile of the Danish health care system.