News Releases: Patient-Centered Care

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After Health Reform, Safety Net Providers Still Play Crucial Health System Role, Experts Say

August 8, 2011 - Nearly all leaders in health and health care policy recently surveyed (98%) believe traditional safety-net providers—including public hospitals, community health centers, and faith-based and mission-driven organizations—will continue to play crucial roles in the U.S. health system after the Affordable Care Act is implemented.

Care For The Dying Falls Overwhelmingly On Families, According To First Major Study In Decade With Patients And Caregivers

September 23, 1999 - According to a groundbreaking study published today in the New England Journal of Medicine, 96 percent of primary caregivers – those providing patients with the most assistance – are family members, and 72 percent are women.

Few Terminally Ill Patients Seriously Consider Ending Their Own Lives, Study Shows

November 15, 2000 - About one of 10 terminally ill patients said they seriously considered using physician-assisted suicide (PAS) or euthanasia to end their own lives, and just a fraction of these attempted to act on their thoughts, according to a study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

First-Ever Scorecard Evaluates How Well States' Health Care Systems Are Working for Low-Income Americans, Finds Wide Disparities in Access to Care and Health Care Quality

September 18, 2013 - Access to affordable health care and quality of care vary greatly for low-income people based on where they live, according to a new Commonwealth Fund scorecard.

First-Ever Scorecard of State Performance on Long-Term Services and Supports Finds Wide Variation in Care and Support for Older Adults and People with Disabilities

September 8, 2011 - A new report released jointly today by AARP’s Public Policy Institute, The Commonwealth Fund, and The SCAN Foundation shows some states significantly out-perform others in the delivery of long-term services and supports (LTSS) to older adults and people with disabilities.

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.

New National Initiative To Transform Safety-Net Clinics Into Medical Homes In Five States

May 6, 2009 - The Commonwealth Fund, in collaboration with eight co-funders, is launching a national Safety Net Medical Home Initiative, which will provide $6 million dollars over four years to help 68 community health centers in five states transform into patient-centered medical homes. Health centers in Colorado, Idaho, Massachusetts, Oregon, and Pennsylvania will be given technical assistance, training, and ongoing support in order to improve how they deliver care to patients, including better coordinated care, enhancing access to care, improving doctor-patient interactions, and implementing quality improvements.

New Report: Pilot Test Shows Patient-Centered Medical Homes for Primary Care Can Reduce Hospital Admissions and Total Medical Costs

September 10, 2008 - Geisinger Health System in Pennsylvania reduced hospital admissions by 20 percent and saved 7 percent in total medical costs by providing a patient-centered medical home (PCMH) model of care--including around-the-clock access to primary and specialty care, and physician and patient access to electronic health records (EHRs)--according to first-year results from pilot-test sites.

New Report: Post-Katrina Safety-Net Clinic Patients in New Orleans Report More Efficient and Affordable Health Care and Less Medical Debt Than Most U.S. Adults; Pilot Could Serve as National Model

January 15, 2010 - A new Commonwealth Fund survey of safety-net clinic patients in New Orleans finds that, despite being disproportionately low-income and uninsured, these patients had fewer problems affording care and fewer instances of medical debt and inefficient care than most U.S. adults.

New Study First To Show That Doctors' Empathy Reduces Psychological, Emotional Burdens For Caregivers Of Terminally Ill

March 21, 2000 - People who care for terminally ill patients say that they feel less depressed and better able to cope with their lives when they can talk to a doctor who simply listens to their problems and their concerns about their loved ones, according to a new study released today.

"Talking Health: Patient-Centered Medical Homes" Premieres Tuesday, July 31 (2012), on CUNY TV

July 30, 2012 - TALKING HEALTH, CUNY TV’s periodic series dedicated to health care issues and innovation, examines a cost-efficient team approach to health care in Patient-Centered Medical Homes, premiering Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at 8 a.m., 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and rebroadcast Saturday, August 4, at 5:30 p.m.