February 3, 2011 - A Commonwealth Fund-supported study examined the amount of household resources allocated to out-of-pocket health spending in the year before Medicare's Part D drug benefit took effect.
November 8, 2010 - In this Commonwealth Fund–supported study, researchers asked physicians and nurses to identify what they considered to be the most frequent and most severe patient harms occurring in intensive care units and in general surgery.
In the Literature
September 23, 2010 - This newly updated Commonwealth Fund report analyzes the new health reform law's provisions that will affect health care providers’ financial incentives, the organization and delivery of health services, investment in prevention and population health, and the capacity to achieve the best health care and health outcomes for all Americans.
September 13, 2010 - A Commonwealth Fund-supported study found many of the criteria available to patients when selecting a physician—including years of experience, paid malpractice claims, and medical school rankings—are not associated with higher quality care.
In the Literature
August 19, 2010 - The authors of this issue brief find that quality improvement initiatives are rarely reviewed by an institutional review board or another independent body charged specifically with ethical oversight.
August 11, 2010 - This Commonwealth Fund-supported study found that large physician organizations have been slow to adopt practices that improve quality and reduce the cost of care for the chronically ill, and will likely require external incentives and internal reforms to spur their adoption.
In the Literature
August 10, 2010 - The Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit, implemented in January 2006, sought to reduce out-of-pocket drug costs for seniors and other Medicare beneficiaries. A new study in the Archives of Internal Medicine led by a former Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellow examined whether the program has been successful in achieving this goal.
August 5, 2010 - This Fund-supported study of Medicare Part D implementation in the Journal of General Internal Medicine found that the majority of low-income, chronically ill seniors who still lacked prescription coverage were unaware of the low-income assistance available for Part D premiums.
August 5, 2010 - In a chapter for Partners in Health: How Physicians and Hospitals Can Be Accountable Together, Stuart Guterman, The Commonwealth Fund's vice president for payment and system reform, and Anthony Shih, chief quality officer for the health care consultancy IPRO, outline their vision for health care payment reform.
July 22, 2010 - These three case studies of organizations participating in the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's Triple Aim initiative shed light on how partnering with providers and organizing care can improve the health of a population and patients' experience while lowering—or at least reducing the rate of increase in—the per capita cost of care.
July 22, 2010 - This case study looks at how CareOregon, an Oregon-based nonprofit Medicaid health plan, is transforming its role from payer to integrator of care on behalf of its members by partnering with health care providers to create and pursue a common vision for improving primary care delivery.
July 22, 2010 - Genesys HealthWorks is a model of care developed by Genesys Health System in metropolitan Flint, Michigan. This case study looks at how Genesys aims to improve population health and the patient experience of care while reducing or controlling increases in the per capita cost of care.
July 22, 2010 - Genesee Health Plan is a community-based nonprofit that provides primary care and other basic health care services to low-income, uninsured adults in Michigan. This case study looks at how, by increasing access to physician services and supporting patients to adopt healthy behaviors and manage chronic disease, the plan significantly reduced its enrollees' use of emergency department services and hospital admissions.
July 22, 2010 - This case study looks at how Wisconsin-based printing company Quad/Graphics transformed itself from a purchaser of health insurance to an investor in employee health and productivity by creating worksite health clinics that focus on comprehensive primary care and wellness programs.
July 13, 2010 - A new report from eHealth Initiative tracks developments over the past three years in promoting the adoption and use of health IT.