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An Analysis of Survey Data from 11 Countries Finds That "Satisfaction" with Health System Performance Means Many Things

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.

In Brief

Evolving Reimbursement and Pricing Policies for Devices in Europe and the United States Should Encourage Greater Value

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.

In Brief

Testimony—The Affordable Care Act's Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan Program: A Critical Bridge to 2014, But Not a Long-Term Solution for Universal Coverage

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.


The Ethics of Not Hiring Smokers

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.

In Brief

Insurers' Medical Loss Ratios and Quality Improvement Spending in 2011

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.

Issue Brief

Survey of Five European Countries Suggests That More Elements of Patient-Centered Medical Homes Could Improve Primary Care

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.

In Brief

Multinational Comparisons of Health Systems Data, 2012

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.


Payments in Support of Effective Primary Care for Chronic Conditions

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.

In Brief

Ethical Physician Incentives—From Carrots and Sticks to Shared Purpose

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.

In Brief

Quality and Efficiency in Small Practices Transitioning to Patient-Centered Medical Homes: A Randomized Trial

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.

In Brief

Paying for Value: Replacing Medicare's Sustainable Growth Rate Formula with Incentives to Improve Care

March 15, 2013 - This brief sets forth a set of policy options to improve the way health care providers are paid by Medicare.

Issue Brief

Early Adopters of the Accountable Care Model: A Field Report on Improvements in Health Care Delivery

March 13, 2013 - Based on interviews with clinical and administrative leaders, this report describes the experiences of seven accountable care organizations (ACOs).

Fund Report

Implementing the Affordable Care Act: Choosing an Essential Health Benefits Benchmark Plan

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.

Issue Brief

A Hospital System’s Wellness Program Linked to Health Plan Enrollment Cut Hospitalizations but Not Overall Costs

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.

In the Literature

Publicly Reported Quality-of-Care Measures Influenced Wisconsin Physician Groups to Improve Performance

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.

In the Literature