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The 10 Most Popular Commonwealth Fund Publications of 2012

January 7, 2013 - In 2012, The Commonwealth Fund continued to track health system performance and health insurance premium trends, conduct international comparisons, and offer guidance on health reform implementation. Here we review 10 most popular publications of 2012.

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Using Shared Savings to Foster Coordinated Care for Dual Eligibles

January 3, 2013 - To help promote enrollment by dually eligible people into state-designed coordinated care entities, the author of this Commonwealth Fund–supported article recommends that patients also participate in the shared-savings arrangement.

In Brief

2012 Annual Report President's Message—Health Care Reform: A Journey

December 26, 2012 - In this essay, Commonwealth Fund president Karen Davis looks back over the past year of health reform's implementation, and reflects on her 18 years as president of The Commonwealth Fund.

Annual Report Essay

The Archives of U.S. Foundations: An Endangered Species

December 20, 2012 - In this essay, Commonwealth Fund executive vice president and COO John E. Craig reports on the current status of archiving in the foundation sector and recommends ways to improve policies and practices in an area that is too often overlooked.

Annual Report Essay

Measuring Progress Toward Accountable Care

December 14, 2012 - This report on 59 hospital-based organizations that were members of a collaborative created to support the transition to accountable care finds that that organizations are pursuing different paths toward accountable care.

Fund Report

State Trends in Premiums and Deductibles, 2003–2011: Eroding Protection and Rising Costs Underscore Need for Action

December 12, 2012 - Average premiums for employer-sponsored family health insurance plans rose 62 percent between 2003 and 2011, rising far faster than incomes did in all states, according to a new Commonwealth Fund analysis that tracks trends in job-based coverage state by state.

Issue Brief

Trends in Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance Premiums and Employee Contributions in Major Metropolitan Areas, 2003–2011

December 12, 2012 - Analysis of employer-sponsored health insurance costs in 41 U.S. metropolitan areas shows a 61 percent average increase in premiums for family coverage from 2003 to 2011, and a 21 percent increase over the past three years.

Data Brief

Higher Readmissions at Safety-Net Hospitals and Potential Policy Solutions

December 10, 2012 - This new Commonwealth Fund analysis uses publicly reported 30-day hospital readmission rate data to examine whether safety-net hospitals are more likely to have higher readmission rates, compared with other hospitals.

Issue Brief

Health Care for Undocumented Migrants: European Approaches

December 6, 2012 - This issue brief examines how undocumented migrants' access to care is handled in European health systems. Policies and practices vary greatly across countries and have become issues of intense debate.

Issue Brief

Insurers' Responses to Regulation of Medical Loss Ratios

December 5, 2012 - The Affordable Care Act requires health insurers to pay out at least 80 percent of premiums for medical claims and quality improvement,a s opposed to administrative costs and profits. This issue brief examines whether insurers have reduced administrative costs and profit margins in response to this rule.

Issue Brief

Disclosure-and-Resolution Programs That Include Generous Compensation Offers May Prompt a Complex Patient Response

December 3, 2012 - In this Commonwealth Fund–supported study, researchers conducted an online survey to see how people would react to 16 different scenarios involving medical errors, error disclosures or apologies, and compensation offers.

In Brief

Hospital Implementation of Health Information Technology and Quality of Care: Are They Related?

November 30, 2012 - This Commonwealth Fund-supported study found that when hospitals implement robust health information technology systems, they improved their performance on key quality-of-care measures.

In Brief

Many Large Medical Groups Will Need to Acquire New Skills and Tools to Be Ready for Payment Reform

November 30, 2012 - A Commonwealth Fund–supported survey of 21 large, multispecialty medical groups—often viewed by policymakers as the prototypes for accountable care organizations—assessed the extent to which large medical groups are prepared to participate in these kinds of contracts.

In Brief

Electronic Health Records and Ambulatory Quality of Care

November 30, 2012 - Commonwealth Fund–supported researchers compared the quality of care provided by primary care physicians who used electronic medical records with those who relied instead on paper records.

In Brief

The Impact of Reducing Cardiovascular Medication Copayments on Health Spending and Resource Utilization

November 30, 2012 - With Commonwealth Fund support, researchers set out to determine if removing drug copayments could lower costs and decrease the incidence of major coronary events for the larger population of at-risk people who take these medications but have not suffered heart attacks.

In Brief