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Are the 2004 Payment Increases Helping to Stem Medicare Advantage's Benefit Erosion?

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.

Fund Report

Asian Americans' Reports of Their Health Care Experiences

February 2, 2004 - The researchers found that Asian Americans were less likely than white patients to report that they were very satisfied with their care overall and less likely to have a great deal of trust in their doctor.

In the Literature

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.


Assessing and Addressing Legal Barriers to the Clinical Integration of Community Health Centers and Other Community Providers

July 15, 2011 - Collaborations that integrate community health centers with hospitals, providers, and/or public health agencies have yielded substantial benefits for patients. This report outlines that laws and policies that govern clinical collaborations and profiles health centers that have worked within the law to develop partnerships.

Fund Report

Assessing Care Integration for Dual-Eligible Beneficiaries: A Review of Quality Measures Chosen by States in the Financial Alignment Initiative

March 24, 2014 - As part of the federal Financial Alignment Initiative, states have the opportunity to test care models for dual-eligible Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, with the goals of enhancing access to services, improving care quality, containing costs, and reducing administrative barriers.

Issue Brief

Assessing Foundation Communication Activities: Obtaining Feedback from Audiences

February 2, 2000 - Executive Vice President's Report from the 1999 Annual Report


Assessing Health System Provision of Well-Child Care: The Promoting Healthy Development Survey

January 17, 2007 - Preventive care for young children involves varying strategies: screening and assessing children at risk of developing problems, following up on potential issues, and providing guidance to parents. A new tool, the Promoting Healthy Development Survey, can evaluate how well health care professionals provide such care, and ultimately help identify missed opportunities and determine how to better meet the needs of children and families.

In the Literature

Assessing Medicare Prescription Drug Plans in Four States: Balancing Cost and Access

August 24, 2006 - In each state, seniors face a dizzying array of Medicare Part D prescription drug plans—each with different benefit designs and formulary structures that are used to control costs, but may also affect enrollees' ability to access medications. This issue brief examines plans in the four most populous Medicare states—California, Florida, New York, and Texas.

Issue Brief

Assessing Progress Toward Becoming a Patient-Centered Medical Home: An Assessment Tool for Practice Transformation

November 18, 2013 - The Safety Net Medical Home Initiative, sponsored by The Commonwealth Fund, helped 65 safety-net clinics become PCMHs. To help monitor progress and identify additional opportunities for improvement, researchers developed the Patient-Centered Medical Home Assessment. This study sought to test the tool’s validity in measuring progress in the PCMH transformation process.

In Brief

Assessing Quality in Managed Care: Health Plan reporting of HEDIS Performance Measures

September 1, 1998 - The analysis examines health plan reporting patterns for HEDIS measures to identify which factors contribute to plan participation in Quality Compass and how the present system could be improved.

Issue Brief

Assessing State Strategies for Health Coverage Expansion: Case Studies of Oregon, Rhode Island, New Jersey, and Georgia

November 1, 2002 - The Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) and the Center for State Health Policy (CSHP) at Rutgers University examined the experiences of four states that have made significant progress in health coverage expansion.

Fund Report

Assessing State Strategies for Health Coverage Expansion: Profiles of Arkansas, Michigan, New Mexico, New York, Utah, and Vermont

February 2, 2003 - The Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) examined the experiences of six states—Arkansas, Michigan, New Mexico, New York, Utah, and Vermont—that have made significant progress in health coverage expansion. The research did reveal common themes across all or some of the sites studied, as well as lessons that emerge from individual state experiences.

Fund Report

Assessing the Financial Health of Medicaid Managed Care Plans and the Quality of Patient Care They Provide

June 15, 2011 - In many states, Medicaid programs have contracted out the delivery of health care services to publicly traded for-profit health plans focused on Medicaid members. The authors of this Commonwealth Fund study found that publicly traded plans had higher administrative costs and received lower quality scores than non-publicly traded plans.

Issue Brief

Assessing the Quality of Care Found in Affordable Clustered Housing-Care Arrangements: Key to Informing Public Policy

February 3, 2011 - In this Commonwealth Fund-supported article experts offer a framework to assess the current knowledge about these residential care settings.

In Brief

Assessing the Quality of Transitional Care: Further Applications of the Care Transitions Measure

March 27, 2012 - This study supports use of both the long and short versions of the Care Transitions Measure in national public reporting efforts.

In Brief