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Advancing the Patient Safety Agenda: An Australian Perspective

January 1, 2004 - Australia's mixed public-private health care system provides a unique opportunity to address safety and quality considerations.

Fund Report

Advancing the Patient Safety Agenda in the United States

January 1, 2004 - Hospitals and other health care delivery systems provide millions of Americans each year with important, frequently life-saving care. Yet, as we all know, medical errors and patient safety issues represent a national problem of epidemic proportions.

Fund Report

Adverse Selection in Private, Stand-Alone Drug Plans and Techniques to Reduce It

October 1, 2003 - No insurance companies now offer stand-alone prescription drug coverage. Why is this? One major factor may be that the cost of offering and administering a drug-only product is quite expensive.

Issue Brief

Advising Patients About Patient Safety: Current Initiatives Risk Shifting Responsibility

September 16, 2005 - Public education materials distributed by patient safety organizations may not always be effective or appropriate, says a Fund-supported study in the Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety. More research about the role of patients in safety improvement efforts is needed, the authors say.

In the Literature

Advocacy Strategies When Medicaid Pays for Assisted Living Services

April 9, 2012 - The author of this Commonwealth Fund-supported study suggests strategies elder law attorneys can use to advocate for their assisted-living clients when their rights are compromised.

In Brief

The Affordability Crisis in U.S. Health Care: Findings from the Commonwealth Fund Biennial Health Insurance Survey

March 3, 2004 - Rising health care costs and growing instability in insurance coverage have made health reform a key issue in this election year, a Commonwealth Fund survey shows. Nearly six of 10 Americans (57%) say presidential and congressional candidates' views on health reform will be a "very important" factor in their vote this November.

Fund Report

Affordable Care Act Reforms Could Reduce the Number of Underinsured U.S. Adults by 70 Percent

September 8, 2011 - The number of U.S. adults who had health insurance all year but were still "underinsured"—that is, they had very high medical expenses relative to their incomes—rose by 80 percent between 2003 and 2010, from 16 million to 29 million, according to a new Commonwealth Fund study published in the September issue of Health Affairs.

In the Literature

The Affordable Care Act's New Tools and Resources to Improve Health and Care for Low-Income Families Across the Country

October 9, 2013 - This issue brief reviews Affordable Care Act provisions that have the potential to benefit low- and modest-income individuals, including those that expand health insurance coverage; strengthen primary care and improve care coordination; bolster the capacity of providers serving low-income communities; and more.

Issue Brief

After Adoption: Sustaining the Innovation—A Case Study of Disseminating the Hospital Elder Life Program

November 10, 2005 - The Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP) has been proven successful in helping older hospitalized patients stay mentally and physically active. A new Fund-supported study shows how hospitals that have adopted the program are sustaining it for the long term.

In the Literature

After the Bipartisan Commission: What Next for Medicare?

October 1, 1999 - Summary of Panel Discussion, New York University, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.

Fund Report

After-Hours Care and Its Coordination with Primary Care in the U.S.

July 2, 2012 - This Commonwealth Fund–supported found that primary care offices that offer after-hours care achieve physician buy-in; effective communication; make appropriate staffing adjustments, and make an overall commitment to improving access and continuity in patient–provider relationships.

In the Literature

After-Hours Care in the United Kingdom, Denmark, and the Netherlands: New Models

September 28, 2010 - In response to concerns about the quality and safety of health care provided after physician offices close for the day, new models have sprung up in several countries to provide patients with quality after-hours care. The authors of this Commonwealth Fund–supported study evaluated one such alternative.

Literature Abstract

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's 2006 National Healthcare Quality Report

March 12, 2007 - A new Data Brief from the Fund's Commission on a High Performance Health System analyzes some of the state variation in performance described in the National Healthcare Quality Report from the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Data Brief

Aiming for Zero: Decreasing Central Line Associated Bacteraemia in the Intensive Care Unit

December 19, 2011 - This study, by former Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellow Mary Seddon and colleagues, describes the effort to eliminate CLAB among critical-care patients in one New Zealand institution, Middlemore Hospital.

In Brief

Aiming High for the U.S. Health System: A Context for Health Reform

January 14, 2009 - This article presents an overview of results from The Commonwealth Fund's 2008 National Scorecard on Health System Performance, which finds U.S. performance well behind benchmarks set by other countries, as well as those achieved by high performing states, hospitals, or health plans within the United States.

Literature Abstract