April 8, 2013 - A study using data on 11 high-income countries included in the Commonwealth Fund's 2010 International Health Policy Survey sought to determine whether respondents' perceptions of affordability and effectiveness, among other factors, influenced satisfaction scores.
April 8, 2013 - This Commonwealth Fund–supported study found that in most cases, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services does not take into account a device's comparative effectiveness or its cost relative to alternative treatment options when determining reimbursement.
April 3, 2013 - In invited testimony before the Committee on Energy and Commerce, Sara Collins testified that the program has been a critical bridge to 2014, but its limitations demonstrate why high-risk pools are an inadequate substitute for the comprehensive insurance market reforms and expanded health insurance options to go into effect under the Affordable Care Act next January.
March 27, 2013 - Twenty-nine U.S. states have laws prohibiting employers from refusing to hire job candidates because they smoke, but 21 states have no such restrictions.
March 22, 2013 - Health insurance companies reported spending an average of less than 1 percent of the premiums they collected from policyholders in 2011 on activities directly supporting improvement of health care quality, according to a new Commonwealth Fund study.
March 22, 2013 - This Commonwealth Fund–supported study surveyed patients with chronic illness and primary care providers in five European countries to assess the extent to which care delivery systems already have features of the patient-centered medical home and to identify gaps.
March 22, 2013 - This updated Commonwealth Fund chartbook uses data collected by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development to compare the health care systems and performance across several industrialized countries.
March 18, 2013 - In this Commonwealth Fund–supported article, the authors suggest that "bundled payment" covering all services provided to a patient for treatment of a specific illness or injury would need to be risk-adjusted, so that providers do not have incentives to avoid patients, like those with chronic illness, who can be expected to have higher costs.
March 18, 2013 - The Commonwealth Fund-supported authors of this study recommend using an array of financial and nonfinancial incentives—including performance rankings—to help facilitate a broad "shared-purpose orientation" embraced by all participating clinicians.
March 18, 2013 - Providing small primary care practices with supports that include more robust electronic health records, on-site care managers, and increased reimbursement helps them become medical homes.
March 15, 2013 - This brief sets forth a set of policy options to improve the way health care providers are paid by Medicare.
March 13, 2013 - Based on interviews with clinical and administrative leaders, this report describes the experiences of seven accountable care organizations (ACOs).
March 12, 2013 - This issue brief examines state action to select an essential health benefits benchmark plan and finds that 24 states and the District of Columbia selected a plan. All but five states will have a small-group plan as their benchmark.
March 5, 2013 - In this Commonwealth Fund–supported study, researchers examine the effects of a wellness program begun in 2005 for employees and dependents of a hospital system in St. Louis, Mo.
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March 5, 2013 - This Commonwealth Fund–supported study published in Health Affairs analyzed the effect of publicly reported ambulatory care measures for a voluntary consortium of physician groups known as the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality.
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