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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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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.
March 15, 2011 - This case study provides a fifth-year update on patient safety initiatives at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
September 13, 2013 - This Commonwealth Fund–supported study looks at factors that are associated with successful field experience, also known as a practicum.
January 1, 2004 - Australia's mixed public-private health care system provides a unique opportunity to address safety and quality considerations.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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