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 13, 2011 - In invited testimony before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, the Fund's Stuart Guterman discussed how the Independent Payment Advisory Board, created under the Affordable Care Act, can help focus attention on controlling health care spending throughout the health system.
July 7, 2011 - The authors of this Commonwealth Fund–supported article on the results of the statewide mobilization strategy at the mid-point of the four year initiative to reduce 30-day rehospitalization rates statewide in Massachusetts, Michigan, Ohio, and Washington.
In the Literature
July 7, 2011 - According to this Commonwealth Fund–supported study Vermont's newly passed single-payer health care law will produce annual savings of 25.3 percent compared with current spending, cut employer and household spending by $200 million, create 3,800 jobs, and boost the state's overall economic output by $100 million.
In the Literature
June 28, 2011 - The authors of this article set out to explore whether increases in mammography screening rates are associated with improvements in the cancer stage at diagnosis, and whether this association varied by women's race/ethnicity.
June 20, 2011 - In 2006, Massachusetts established a pay-for-performance program to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in hospital care for Medicaid patients. Using data from the first year of the program, the authors of this
article found little evidence of disparities in care. This finding and others raise questions about the utility of addressing disparities in hospital care through pay-for-performance.
In the Literature
June 15, 2011 - In many states, Medicaid programs have contracted out the delivery of health care services to publicly traded for-profit health plans focused on Medicaid members. The authors of this Commonwealth Fund study found that publicly traded plans had higher administrative costs and received lower quality scores than non-publicly traded plans.
May 31, 2011 - California was the first state to create its own health insurance exchange after the passage of the Affordable Care Act. This brief reports on California's key choices and how they can inform policymakers in other states as they address important exchange design issues.
May 23, 2011 - The latest Commonwealth Fund/Modern Healthcare Health Care Opinion Leaders Survey asked experts in the field about the role of states and the federal government under the Affordable Care Act.
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 authors of this Commonwealth Fund brief interviewed stakeholders in states with high-ranking and low-ranking health system performance, according to The Commonwealth Fund's State Scorecard on Health System Performance. Findings suggest there are market, political, and cultural characteristics that can help or hinder health system improvement.
April 28, 2011 - Health information technology can help reduce fragmentation of health care and improve coordination of services, but it is unclear what the optimal strategies for implementing and sustaining HIT are.
March 31, 2011 - In this Commonwealth Fund–supported study, researchers used direct observation of well-child visits to evaluate their duration and content, adherence to Bright Futures guidelines, and differences between visits with children who have special health care needs and visits with children who do not.