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Achieving Better Quality of Care for Low-Income Populations: The Roles of Health Insurance and the Medical Home in Reducing Health Inequities

May 16, 2012 - A new analysis of the Commonwealth Fund 2010 Biennial Health Insurance Survey demonstrates that when low-income adults have both health insurance and a medical home, they are less likely to report cost-related access problems, more likely to be up-to-date with preventive screenings, and report greater satisfaction with the quality of their care.

Issue Brief

Achieving Effective Care Coordination in the Medical Home

November 24, 2009 - Drawing on a recent Commonwealth Fund report, Making Care Coordination a Critical Component of the Pediatric Health System: A Multidisciplinary Framework, the authors of this Fund-supported article discuss strategies for coordinating care in medical homes. They report that having committed leadership and a process to shift care delivery from "reactive encounters" to "proactive interactions" are key to success.

Literature Abstract

Achieving Efficiency: Lessons from Four Top-Performing Hospitals

July 29, 2011 - A new report synthesizing findings from four hospital case studies showcases opportunities for all hospitals to achieve greater efficiency. The case studies focus on four of the 13 Leapfrog Group–designated "Highest Value Hospitals."

Case Study

Achieving Health Care Reform—How Physicians Can Help

May 21, 2009 - Rather than wait and see how health reform legislation unfolds, physicians should help lead the effort to establish affordable, high-quality health care in this country, say Elliott S. Fisher, M.D, M.P.H., Donald M. Berwick, M.D., M.P.P., and Karen Davis, Ph.D., in a New England Journal of Medicine "Perspectives" column.

Literature Abstract

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.

Commentary

Achieving the Vision: Payment Reform

August 5, 2010 - In a chapter for Partners in Health: How Physicians and Hospitals Can Be Accountable Together, Stuart Guterman, The Commonwealth Fund's vice president for payment and system reform, and Anthony Shih, chief quality officer for the health care consultancy IPRO, outline their vision for health care payment reform.

Literature Abstract

Addressing Chronic Conditions Through Community Partnerships: A Formative Evaluation of Taking on Diabetes

September 23, 2004 - Community-wide efforts to prevent and treat chronic public health problems are gaining traction both here and abroad. In a new report, researchers from the National Rehabilitation Hospital Center for Health & Disability Research evaluate one such effort, Taking on Diabetes, and document 50 key attributes for successful, sustainable partnerships.

Fund Report

Addressing Unequal Treatment: Disparities in Health Care

November 5, 2004 - This Issue Brief was prepared for The Commonwealth Fund/John F. Kennedy School of Government Bipartisan Congressional Health Policy Conference, January 15–17, 2004.

Issue Brief

Addressing Women's Health Needs and Improving Birth Outcomes: Results from a Peer-to-Peer State Medicaid Learning Project

August 8, 2012 - This brief examines seven Medicaid agencies that have worked to develop the programs, policies, and infrastructures needed to identify and reduce women's health risks either prior to or between pregnancies in an effort to lower high rates of maternal mortality, infant mortality, and preterm births.

Issue Brief

Administrative Compensation for Medical Injuries: Lessons from Three Foreign Systems

July 11, 2011 - Several countries, including New Zealand, Sweden, and Denmark, have replaced litigation with administrative compensation systems for patients who experience an avoidable medical injury. Such schemes enable patients to file claims for compensation without using an attorney.

Issue Brief

Administrative Costs for Advance Payment of Health Coverage Tax Credits: An Initial Analysis

March 28, 2007 - New federal initiatives to cover the uninsured include many proposals to use fully refundable federal income tax credits to subsidize uninsured individuals' purchase of coverage. A new Fund issue brief points out that policymakers can learn from the country's only current use of tax credits to cover the uninsured--the Health Coverage Tax Credits (HCTCs).

Issue Brief

Adoption of Patient-Centered Care Practices by Physicians

April 10, 2006 - A new Commonwealth Fund study in the Archives of Internal Medicine finds that America's doctors still have a way to go in adopting information technology, practicing team-based care, and collecting feedback from their patients.

In the Literature

Advancing Excellence in America's Nursing Homes

April 6, 2012 - This Commonwealth Fund-supported campaign is reinvigorating efforts to improve the quality of care and quality of life for those living or recuperating in America's nursing homes.

Other

Advancing Patient Safety in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

March 15, 2011 - This case study provides a fifth-year update on patient safety initiatives at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Case Study

Advancing Practices for Developing the Field Experience for Health and Aging Services Administrators

September 13, 2013 - This Commonwealth Fund–supported study looks at factors that are associated with successful field experience, also known as a practicum.

In Brief