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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.