January 10, 2007 - A new Data Brief from the Commonwealth Fund Commission on a High Performance Health System offers perspective on the latest expenditure data, published in Health Affairs.
January 10, 2007 - In invited testimony before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee on Jan. 10, Commonwealth Fund President Karen Davis detailed how the health care system in the United States lags behind several other industrialized nations—and how innovations in those countries offer options for improving heath care delivery in the U.S.
January 8, 2007 - In this commentary, Representative Pete Stark of California writes that the 110th Congress will bring new priorities, but emphasizes that change is still likely to be incremental due to the current administration.
January 8, 2007 - In this commentary, Senator Mike Enzi of Wyoming expresses his confidence that the Senate will continue to respond to the health care priorities facing most Americans, and outlines the issues he expects the Senate to act on in the next two years.
January 8, 2007 - Covering the uninsured tops experts' list of priorities for the new Congress, according to the ninth Health Care Opinion Leaders Survey. Other top priorities include controlling rising health care costs, reforming Medicare to ensure long-term solvency, and increasing the use of information technology.
December 19, 2006 - This report offers the first comprehensive analysis of how New York State could implement universal insurance. The report is a joint project of the United Hospital Fund and The Commonwealth Fund.
December 7, 2006 - Consumer-driven health plans are not catching on, according to a survey released today by the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) and The Commonwealth Fund. Enrollment in consumer-driven plans remains small, and satisfaction continues to be lower compared with more comprehensive health insurance.
November 14, 2006 - Employers say they should share in the cost of health insurance for employees, either by covering their own workers or by contributing to a fund to cover the uninsured, according to recent Fund-supported Health Affairs article.
In the Literature
November 13, 2006 - The National Committee for Quality Assurance's 2006 report on the performance of U.S. health plans found improvement in clinical quality measures for plans that collect and report performance data. In the first Commission on a High Performance Health System Data Brief, the implications of this report are evaluated.
November 7, 2006 - Creating a center to compare the effectiveness of drug treatments and medical procedures could stem the rising tide of health care costs and help health plans, hospitals, and public health programs "spend smarter" on health care, a new Fund-supported study finds.
In the Literature
October 25, 2006 - As currently practiced, well-child care subjects many young children and their families to unnecessary visits, while others fail to receive needed services. A new report outlines a vision for a high-performing system of well-child care capable of meeting the needs and expectations of America's families.
September 26, 2006 - In her testimony before the U.S. Senate Finance Committee's Subcommittee on Health, Fund Assistant Vice President Sara R. Collins, Ph.D., explains that all evidence to date shows that health savings accounts and high-deductible health plans worsen, rather than improve, the health system's problems.
September 20, 2006 - The Commonwealth Fund Commission on a High Performance Health System has just issued its National Scorecard on U.S. Health System Performance, the first-ever comprehensive means of measuring and monitoring health care outcomes, quality, access, efficiency, and equity. Its findings indicate that America's health system is falling short, especially given its resources.
September 20, 2006 - A Health Affairs Web Exclusive reports on the results of a new Commonwealth Fund scorecard of U.S. health care system performance. The scorecard, spearheaded by the Commission on a High Performance Health System, shows how the nation falls short on key indicators of health outcomes, quality, access, efficiency, and equity.
In the Literature
September 14, 2006 - As health care costs continue to rise, fewer and fewer workers are covered under employer-based plans. A new analysis of the Commonwealth Fund Biennial Health Insurance Survey finds that workers often face unaffordable options in the individual market, while families with employer coverage face ever-rising deductibles and other cost-sharing burdens.