January 9, 2014 - A new Commonwealth Fund survey finds that 24 percent of Americans who are potentially eligible for health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act had visited one of the new insurance marketplaces by the end of December to find a health plan.
January 6, 2014 - There is strong enthusiasm for ACOs among policymakers and some health industry leaders, but there is little information available about the early entrants in these still very young programs. This study identified ACOs that had joined the Medicare programs as of fall 2012 to collect baseline information about their patient populations, quality, hospitals, and costs.
In the Literature
March 19, 2007 - This report, the first of a two-part series, compares leading congressional bills and Administration proposals to expand health insurance coverage introduced over 2005–2007.
July 26, 2007 - The U.S. health care system will become a high performance health system only with strong leadership from the federal government in partnership with the private sector. A prior report analyzed the likely effect on U.S. health system performance of congressional legislative proposals to extend health insurance coverage. This report addresses the major bills introduced over 2005-2007 designed to advance the quality and efficiency of the health system.
January 9, 2009 - This Commonwealth Fund analysis of leading bills of the 110th Congress aimed at expanding and improving health insurance coverage finds several of these proposals could substantially reduce the number of uninsured Americans, and would either reduce health care spending or add only modestly to annual health care expenditures.
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.
June 20, 2011 - In 2006, Massachusetts established a pay-for-performance program to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in hospital care for Medicaid patients. Using data from the first year of the program, the authors of this
article found little evidence of disparities in care. This finding and others raise questions about the utility of addressing disparities in hospital care through pay-for-performance.
In the Literature
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.
December 1, 2001 - This study assesses how well managed care plans serve Medicaid beneficiaries, and finds that while these plans often provide good care to young children, their quality scores on most other measures lag behind plans serving the commercially insured.
September 1, 2000 - Few measures of parenting skills offer an appraisal that is brief, comprehensive, parent-sensitive, psychometrically sound, nonintrusive, and appropriate to child development. This annotated bibliography provides clinicians, clinical researchers, and researchers interested in applied issues with information about those parenting skills measures that are available.
February 2, 2003 - According to the Minnesota Department of Health, 95 percent of the state's nonelderly population had health insurance in 2001—one of the highest coverage rates in the nation.
December 20, 2012 - In this essay, Commonwealth Fund executive vice president and COO John E. Craig reports on the current status of archiving in the foundation sector and recommends ways to improve policies and practices in an area that is too often overlooked.
Annual Report Essay
December 29, 2009 - A study of small- and medium-sized physician practices found that electronic medical record systems can help coordinate patient care within practice offices. However, because of interoperability issues, they are less able to support coordination between clinicians and across settings. Other challenges, like information overflow and reimbursement, also impede physicians' ability to use EMRs to improve patient care and coordination.
In the Literature
May 1, 2002 - The number of Americans without health insurance is near an all-time high, and various legislative proposals in Congress over the past few years have made little headway in reducing the number or uninsured. Now, members of Congress, as well as the Bush administration, are sponsoring legislation that would allow individuals to receive tax credits toward buying health insurance. This paper addresses the affordability of individual coverage under such a system of tax credits.
December 10, 2004 - The MMA provided Medicare Advantage plans with significant increases in monthly payment rates, beginning March 2004. About one-half of the payment increases were used by plans to reduce enrollee premiums and cost-sharing and enhance benefits; providers received most of the rest.