August 9, 2007 - The July 2007 House and Senate bills reauthorizing the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) include provisions to enhance quality in the program. In this report, noted child health experts offer strategies for promoting effective health coverage and achieving high quality through SCHIP and Medicaid.
July 30, 2007 - As health care quality and patient safety concerns rise, the latest Commonwealth Fund Health Care Opinion Leaders survey finds leaders united behind several key reform measures: more than half (56%) support the creation of a new public-private entity to coordinate quality efforts and form a national quality agenda; 95% believe that fundamental payment reform is needed; and three-fourths (73%) say that greater organization and integration of provider care is necessary for improved quality and efficiency.
July 27, 2007 - The authors of a new Data Brief prepared for the Commonwealth Fund Commission on a High Performance Health System contend that the process measures used by the Hospital Quality Alliance can have an impact on quality and health outcomes.
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.
July 16, 2007 - If the lowest-performing U.S. hospitals performed as well as top-performers on specific quality measures, 2,200 fewer Americans would die each year, according to a new Fund-supported study.
In the Literature
July 16, 2007 - In this study, former Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellows examine strategies used to reduce waiting times in five countries: Australia, Canada, England, New Zealand, and Wales. Among the five, the researchers found that England achieved the most sustained improvement in reducing waiting times, due to "major funding boosts, ambitious wait-time targets, and a rigorous performance management system."
In the Literature
July 12, 2007 - In March 2006, members of the Commonwealth Fund Commission on a High Performance Health System paid a visit to Denver Health, Colorado's largest health care safety-net provider, to learn more about how this fully integrated health system has managed to achieve a national reputation for high performance. A new Fund report shows how Denver Health could serve as a model for other public and private health systems around the country.
July 12, 2007 - A new Commonwealth Fund-supported study by Harvard Medical School researchers finds that chronically ill Medicare beneficiaries who were previously uninsured used health services more intensively and required costlier care compared with their previously insured counterparts.
In the Literature
June 26, 2007 - Our nation's failure to provide adequate health insurance to millions is a major factor in the inconsistent performance of the nation's health system, testified Commonwealth Fund vice president Sara Collins, Ph.D., before the United States Senate.
June 13, 2007 - The Commonwealth Fund Commission on a High Performance Health System has released the first-ever, comprehensive comparison of health system performance in all 50 states. This report ranks states on 32 performance indicators of access, quality, avoidable hospital use and costs, equity, and "healthy lives."
April 23, 2007 - As the debate over reauthorization of the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) heats up in Washington, a diverse group of leaders in health policy and health care praise the program for increasing low-income children's access to affordable health care.
April 19, 2007 - Women are more likely than men to have problems accessing health care because of costs, a new Commonwealth Fund issue brief finds. The primary reasons: women's comparatively greater health care needs and lower incomes.
April 17, 2007 - To address the flaws of traditional payment methods, like fee-for-service and capitation, the authors of this Fund report suggest a new payment model, based on evidence-informed case rates.
April 12, 2007 - More than half of all state Medicaid programs offer health care providers financial incentives to deliver better quality of care, and nearly 85 percent of states plan to have pay-for-performance programs within five years, a new IPRO report for The Commonwealth Fund finds.
April 3, 2007 - Interest in improving health care quality has increased palpably in recent years. We have seen this interest play out in numerous ways, including greater emphasis on collecting and publicly disseminating performance data.