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Sustainable Hospitals Can Help Bend the Cost Curve: Kaiser Permanente's Environmental Stewardship

November 02, 2012 - A new Commonwealth Fund report estimates that if the health care industry conserved energy at our facilities, reduced waste, and more efficiently purchased operating supplies, we could save more than $15 billion over a decade.

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How a Sustainability Strategy Can Positively Impact a Health Care Organization's Bottom Line

November 02, 2012 - In this blog post, Gundersen Health System's CEO, Jeffrey Thompson, discusses Gundersen's sustainability program, Envision. The goal for Envision was to take care of the health of the people in the communities they serve and the environment, while lowering costs.

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New Video: Improving Care for Vulnerable Populations

October 25, 2012 - Our second video in a new series about important changes in the U.S. health care system outlines the need to improve care for vulnerable populations.

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Two Distinct Paths: Health Care in the 2012 Presidential Election

October 22, 2012 - A recent Commonwealth Fund report found that Governor Romney's health care proposals would leave 72 million people uninsured in 2022 while the Affordable Care Act will lower the number of uninsured to 27 million within a decade. The discussion about the potential impacts of these differing visions for the health care system continued at a recent briefing.

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The Future of Medicare

October 02, 2012 - In invited testimony today before the House of Representatives Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, Commonwealth Fund president Karen Davis discussed two approaches to sustaining Medicare, the vital public insurance program for seniors and disabled Americans.

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Welcoming the 2012–13 Harkness Fellows in Health Care Policy and Practice

September 26, 2012 - Robin Osborn of The Commonwealth Fund is delighted to announce its 2013–14 Harkness Fellows in Health Care Policy and Practice.

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State Medicaid Programs Are Driving Payment and Delivery System Reform

September 20, 2012 - State Medicaid programs are leveraging their influence to reform the way health care is delivered to millions of people. This post from the National Association of Medicaid Directors reviews five categories of ongoing state payment and delivery reforms.

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New Series of Health Reform Videos Launches

September 18, 2012 - Our first video in a new series about important changes in the U.S. health care system explains how primary care doctors' visits are changing.

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1.3 Million Fewer People Were Uninsured in 2011: Young Adults Continue to Make Gains in Coverage as a Result of the Affordable Care Act

September 12, 2012 - New data released by the U.S. Census Bureau show that the number of people without health insurance declined by 1.3 million in 2011, falling to 48.6 million people. This blog post looks at what contributed to the largest one-year drop in a decade.

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Medicaid Works: Public Program Continues to Provide Access to Care and Financial Protection for Society's Most Vulnerable

August 23, 2012 - In a new blog post, The Commonwealth Fund's Karen Davis and Kristof Stremikis say that states that choose not to participate in the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion not only place the health and well-being of their citizens at risk, but they forgo an important opportunity to strengthen their local health care delivery systems.

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Advancing Accountable Care Organizations in Medicaid

August 15, 2012 - The health professionals who care for people with Medicaid coverage are struggling to deliver high-quality, efficient care to their most vulnerable patients. This post highlights several states that are developing accountable care organizations (ACOs) for their Medicaid populations to both improve care and control costs.

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Medicare Works: Public Program Continues to Outperform Private Insurance in Ensuring Access to Care and Providing Financial Protection

July 24, 2012 - In a new blog post, Karen Davis and Kristof Stremikis suggest that "it may be desirable to open up Medicare to people buying insurance through the state exchanges, especially to older adults."

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Nation to Move Forward on Ensuring Affordable Access to High-Quality Care for All

June 28, 2012 - Today, the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. This decision allows state and federal policymakers across the country to move forward in their work implementing the provisions of the law. Over the next decade, 32 million previously uninsured people will gain affordable and comprehensive health insurance coverage as a result of the law.

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Spotlighting Innovations in Health Care Around the World

June 27, 2012 - The U.S. health system is in a period of transformation. This blog post looks at international innovations in health care that offer lessons for U.S. policymakers and providers.

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What's Working to Control Costs

June 12, 2012 - In a new blog post, Commonwealth Fund president Karen Davis says policymakers looking for savings should "go where the money is," and focus on improving care for patients with multiple, high-cost conditions.

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