Delivery System Innovation and Improvement

Several of The Commonwealth Fund's research programs focused on systemic improvements to the delivery of health care in the United States. Together, these programs worked to advance the broad adoption of promising approaches for getting patients the best-quality care possible and assuring payers that they are receiving good value for their health care dollars.

Commonwealth Fund programs focusing on Delivery System Innovation and Improvement included: 

Health System Quality and Efficiency 
Patient-Centered Coordinated Care 
Picker/Commonwealth Fund Long-Term Care Quality Improvement
Vulnerable Populations 

Of special interest to the Fund are delivery system models capable of providing population-based, patient-centered, accountable care that is well integrated across the full continuum of services—preventive, health-promoting, acute, chronic, and long-term—and the payment reforms that make such models feasible. Projects supported by these programs intended to inform health care leaders and policymakers at the local, state, and national levels about promising ways of using new and existing resources to overcome barriers and stimulate delivery system improvements.

The Fund's work within Delivery System Innovation and Improvement was closely coordinated with Fund initiatives in Health Reform Policy, International Health Policy and Innovation, and Health System Performance Assessment and Tracking.