Blog Entries: January 2012

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Achieving Equity in the Health System: The Commonwealth Fund's Vulnerable Populations Program

January 31, 2012 - Vulnerable populations have more difficulty obtaining health care, receive worse care, and experience poorer health outcomes than other groups. This blog post looks at the new Vulnerable Populations program, which aims to help achieve equity in the U.S. health system.

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Bending the Health Care Cost Curve: New Era in American Health Care?

January 18, 2012 - Health care spending in 2009 and 2010 grew at the slowest rates in 50 years. This startling news was largely attributed to the shrinking economy. In a new blog post, Commonwealth Fund president Karen Davis suggests that lower longer-term projections point to a shift in the health system.

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How the Affordable Care Act Supports a High-Performance Safety Net

January 16, 2012 - This post describes the Affordable Care Act provisions that will help safety-net providers promote coordination and integration of care, capitalize on investments in the capacity of the safety net, and understand and adapt to upcoming changes to safety net financing and payment.

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Are Safety Net ACOs a Good Idea? Views from Key Stakeholders

January 16, 2012 - To examine how safety-net health systems might participate in ACOs and other innovative payment and delivery system reforms, the National Academy for State Health Policy interviewed several key stakeholders about what is needed to promote ACOs in the safety net.

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The Bundled Payment for Care Improvement Initiative: Achieving High-Value Care with a Single Payment

January 07, 2012 - The Commonwealth Fund's Mark Zezza, Stuart Guterman, and Jennie Smith review the Bundled Payment for Care Improvement Initiative,a three-year project beginning in 2012, that will allow physicians, hospitals, and post–acute care providers to receive bundled payments as a way of supporting the delivery of efficient and high-value care.

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