January 5, 2012 - Based on the early experiences of recently formed ACOs, the authors of this Commonwealth Fund–supported study identify five key challenges—and some possible approaches for overcoming them.
December 2, 2011 - This Commonwealth Fund report profiles eight states that are at different stages in the development and implementation of a medical home program and have relied on different strategies to encourage primary care providers to adopt the model, including developing state medical home qualification standards instead of adopting national standards.
October 24, 2011 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has released its final regulations for accountable care organizations (ACOs), which are organizations made up of groups of health care providers that provide coordinated care. Check out our ACO Resource Page to read Commonwealth Fund publications and blog posts on ACOs.
October 13, 2011 - Safety-net health care providers face particular challenges in coordinating care for their low-income and uninsured patients. This Commonwealth Fund issue brief finds that successful efforts will require flexibility, as well as federal, state, and local financial resources to sustain the safety net and make the investments needed to upgrade capabilities.
September 28, 2011 - This Commonwealth Fund report examines how changes in the way federally qualified health centers are financed could support the transformation of these critical safety-net providers into high performing patient-centered medical homes.
September 21, 2011 - The Commonwealth Fund-supported authors of this study sought to examine the importance of both patient-based and practice infrastructure measures of the patient-centered medical home.
September 13, 2011 - In 2010, the U.S. Veterans Health Administration (VA) launched a program to create patient-centered medical homes in more than 900 primary care clinics over a three-year period. This case study examines the VA's initiative and profiles implementation efforts in two clinics, one in Memphis, Tennessee, and another in Lincoln, Nebraska.
August 16, 2011 - The authors of this Commonwealth Fund-supported study in the Journal of General Internal Medicine developed a new tool to evaluate patient-centered medical home interventions in safety-net clinics.
August 8, 2011 - Virtually all leaders in health care and health care policy believe traditional safety-net institutions such as community health centers, public hospitals, and faith-based and mission-driven organizations will still fulfill critical roles in the U.S. health system after implementation of the Affordable Care Act, according to a Commonwealth Fund/Modern Healthcare Health Care Opinion Leaders Survey.
July 15, 2011 - Collaborations that integrate community health centers with hospitals, providers, and/or public health agencies have yielded substantial benefits for patients. This report outlines that laws and policies that govern clinical collaborations and profiles health centers that have worked within the law to develop partnerships.
July 7, 2011 - This Commonwealth Fund–supported article in Health Affairs focuses on 17 states that are aligning medical home standards with incentive payments to support primary care reform.
In the Literature
May 5, 2011 - This Commonwealth Fund report finds that by fostering connections between federally qualified health centers and other private primary care providers, states may be able to connect Medicaid beneficiaries with services needed to help them manage their health and reduce costly visits to hospitals.
May 3, 2011 - The health reform law's combination of health insurance expansion and payment and delivery system reforms can help achieve the goals of affordable coverage for all, better-quality care, and slower cost growth.
March 29, 2011 - This issue brief highlights strategies that can increase resources among smaller primary care practices, such as sharing clinical support services and information systems with other practices. The authors focus on models supported by states, the private sector, and the Affordable Care Act.
March 17, 2011 - This new Commonwealth Fund report explores how a system of shared supports can ensure that the independent, typically underresourced physician practices that serve a high volume of Medicaid patients is able to deliver a full range of medical home services.