Publications: Patient-Centered Care

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After-Hours Care and Its Coordination with Primary Care in the U.S.

July 2, 2012 - This Commonwealth Fund–supported found that primary care offices that offer after-hours care achieve physician buy-in; effective communication; make appropriate staffing adjustments, and make an overall commitment to improving access and continuity in patient–provider relationships.

In the Literature

Association Between Patient-Centered Medical Home Rating and Operating Cost at Federally Funded Health Centers

June 26, 2012 - This Commonwealth Fund-supported study of federally funded health centers calls for evidence-based payment for medical homes.

In the Literature

Facilitating Improvement in Primary Care: The Promise of Practice Coaching

June 11, 2012 - This issue brief clarifies the essential features of practice coaching and offers guidance for health system leaders, public and private insurers, and federal and state policymakers on how best to structure and design these programs in primary care settings.

Issue Brief

Achieving Better Quality of Care for Low-Income Populations: The Roles of Health Insurance and the Medical Home in Reducing Health Inequities

May 16, 2012 - A new analysis of the Commonwealth Fund 2010 Biennial Health Insurance Survey demonstrates that when low-income adults have both health insurance and a medical home, they are less likely to report cost-related access problems, more likely to be up-to-date with preventive screenings, and report greater satisfaction with the quality of their care.

Issue Brief

Recommended Core Measures for Evaluating the Patient-Centered Medical Home: Cost, Utilization, and Clinical Quality

May 16, 2012 - This Commonwealth Fund data brief describes how more than 70 researchers came together as part of the Patient-Centered Medical Home Evaluators’ Collaborative to identify a set of standardized measures to assess patient-centered medical homes.

Data Brief

Integrating Immigrants into the U.S. Health System

May 11, 2012 - The authors of this Commonwealth Fund-supported study argue that physicians must develop competencies to provide culturally sensitive care to a more diverse patient population.

In Brief

Preventive Health Services Under the Affordable Care Act: Role of Delivery System Reform

April 16, 2012 - In this article, experts at The Commonwealth Fund examine the role the law will have in increasing the use of preventive health services. The authors estimate that through expanded access to insurance coverage, reduced financial barriers to care, and improved quality of care delivery, an additional 9.8 million patients will receive recommended preventive services.

In Brief

International Learning on Increasing the Value and Effectiveness of Primary Care (I LIVE PC)

April 3, 2012 - This article, based on a Commonwealth Fund/Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality international conference on primary care, shows how strong primary care can provide the groundwork for efforts to improve overall care and population health while also controlling costs.

In the Literature

International Perspectives on Patient Engagement: Results from the 2011 Commonwealth Fund Survey

March 29, 2012 - An international survey of adults with complex health care needs found wide variations in the degree to which patients are engaged in their own care, from self-managing a health condition to actively participating in treatment decisions.

In the Literature

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

The Central Role of Performance Measurement in Improving the Quality of Transitional Care

March 27, 2012 - In a Commonwealth Fund–supported study conducted at a community nonprofit hospital, researchers examined the Care Transitions Measure’s ability to identify deficiencies in transitional care for older patients being discharged.

In Brief

Guiding Transformation: How Medical Practices Can Become Patient-Centered Medical Homes

February 27, 2012 - The patient-centered medical home has been proposed as a model for transforming primary care and improving efficiency and effectiveness in the health care system. This report outlines and describes the changes that most medical practices would need to make to become patient-centered medical homes.

Fund Report

Who Are We Reaching Through the Patient Portal: Engaging the Already Engaged?

February 21, 2012 - This Commonwealth Fund–supported study investigated the common assumption that such online access can engage patients and encourage them to take active roles in their health and care.

In Brief

Why Does Patient Activation Matter? An Examination of the Relationships Between Patient Activation and Health-Related Outcomes

February 21, 2012 - This Commonwealth Fund–supported study sought to investigate the extent to which patient activation, as assessed by the Patient Activation Measure (PAM), is related to health and utilization outcomes among a large group of insured patients.

In Brief

Patient-Centered Medical Home Characteristics and Staff Morale in Safety Net Clinics

January 9, 2012 - This Commonwealth Fund-supported study shows that the patient-centered medical home model may help improve provider and staff morale and job satisfaction.

In Brief