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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
November 28, 2012 - The Affordable Care Act changes the small-group insurance market substantially beginning in 2014, but most changes do not apply to self-insured plans. This exemption provides an opening for small employers with healthier workers to avoid broader sharing of health care risk. The authors of this brief conclude that regulation of stop-loss or reinsurance can prevent such adverse selection and increase stability in small-group insurance coverage.
November 19, 2012 - Read overviews of the health care systems of 15 countries—Australia, Canada, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Japan, Iceland, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States.
November 16, 2012 - This report explores how state Medicaid agencies might align with and build on the Medicare Shared Savings Program, which rewards groups of providers that meet cost and quality benchmarks by working together to coordinate patients' care in accountable care organizations.
November 15, 2012 - More than two-thirds of U.S. primary care physicians were using electronic medical records in 2012, a substantial increase from 2009, when less than half had adopted the technology, a new Commonwealth Fund survey finds. But results also depict the U.S. as an outlier when it comes to affordability of health care.
In the Literature
November 14, 2012 - In 2008, the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center embarked on a grant-funded program to reduce hospital readmissions for elderly patients with heart failure. This case study examines the factors that contributed to its success.