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Achieving Payment Reform in Medicare

November 3, 2008 - In a new commentary on The Commonwealth Fund/Modern Healthcare Opinion Leaders Survey, Glenn Hackbarth outlines steps for implementing payment reform in Medicare.

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Another Round of Health Reform Is on the Way

April 5, 2010 - In a commentary on the most recent Commonwealth Fund/Modern Healthcare Health Care Opinion Leaders' survey, the former Secretary of Health and Human Services Michael Leavitt writes that the "next phase" of health reform will need to focus on controlling costs.

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Aspiration or Way Station?

July 12, 2004 - In the report, Hospital Quality: Ingredients for Success, Jack Meyer and his colleagues synthesized findings from the journeys of four carefully chosen, exemplary hospitals. After extensive study and analysis of the four hospitals, the authors provide hospital leaders with helpful advice on quality improvement.

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Bipartisan Progress Is Possible: GOP, Democrats Will Work on a Full Range of Health Policy Issues

January 8, 2007 - In this commentary, Senator Mike Enzi of Wyoming expresses his confidence that the Senate will continue to respond to the health care priorities facing most Americans, and outlines the issues he expects the Senate to act on in the next two years.

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Ceasefire on Health Care: A Centrist's Approach to Reform

March 24, 2006 - For too long there has been only crossfire on health care issues, writes John Breaux in a new commentary. The former senator is working toward a cease fire and meaningful reform through a series of bipartisian health care events.

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Change the Microenvironment: Delivery System Reform Essential to Controlling Costs

April 27, 2009 - U.S. health care costs are excessive, says Francis J. Crosson of the Kaiser Permanente Health Policy Institute. In the end, he says, the most effective policy solutions will be those that seek to change, in a positive way, the "microenvironment" within which physicians practice.

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Change Will Be Incremental: Democrats Will Push a Health Care Agenda, But Bush Still Stands in the Way

January 8, 2007 - In this commentary, Representative Pete Stark of California writes that the 110th Congress will bring new priorities, but emphasizes that change is still likely to be incremental due to the current administration.

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Close-Up on California: A Look at the Medi-Cal Program

October 4, 2005 - Medi-Cal, California's Medicaid program, provides nearly 7 million residents with coverage. Reform is needed, says the director of California's State Department of Health Services, if the program is to stay financially viable.

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Coalition Building and Political Reality

March 8, 2005 - After many years of coalition building and consensus development, the number of uninsured Americans continues to grow, dramatically. Rather than risk inactivity and allow this number to escalate, perhaps we should adapt this approach to better reflect current political reality.

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Costs of Health Care: New Solutions for an Old Problem

May 13, 2005 - In a new commentary, the former president of the American Medical Association argues that the nation should focus efforts to control health costs on increasing the efficiency of health care delivery—reducing unecessary services and care of marginal value.

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Don't Take Medicare for Granted: Commentary on the Health Care Opinion Leaders Survey

November 2, 2009 - In a commentary on The Commonwealth Fund/Modern Healthcare Health Care Opinion Leaders Survey, Bruce Vladeck writes that Washington finds itself caught up in the fog of hysteria, misinformation, anxiety and downright dishonesty that so often afflicts Medicare politics.

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The Dynamics of Improvement

April 3, 2007 - In this commentary on two Fund reports on hospital improvement, Dale Bratzler points out that the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization program may provide some of the necessary infrastructure to disseminate the findings highlighted in the reports; to improve processes of care and overcome barriers to change; and to provide technical assistance.

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Expert Perspectives on the 2005 Biennial Health Insurance Survey Findings

April 26, 2006 - Health policy experts share their perspectives on the findings of the 2005 Commonwealth Fund Biennial Health Insurance Survey.

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Financing Health Care for an Aging Population

December 29, 2005 - By 2015, the baby boom population will reach 77 million. As a group, this population will live longer than preceding generations thanks to medical advances. So it's crucial to consider how we will care for these older adults—and how we will pay for that care.

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Finding Common Ground

March 8, 2005 - The ultimate goal of health care for all must at all times remain visible. Ensuring access to quality, affordable health care services is not merely a matter of system reform. It is a matter of human dignity and of national wellness.

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