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Cost-Effectiveness of Automated Telephone Self-Management Support with Nurse Care Management Among Patients with Diabetes

November 13, 2008 - A recent study found that managing type 2 diabetes with the aid of an automated telephone self-management tool, plus nurse care management, was comparable in cost and outcomes to other accepted diabetes-management interventions.

In the Literature

Covering Uninsured Children and Their Parents: Estimated Costs and Number of Newly Insured

May 5, 1998 - The authors examine the likely impact of the Child Health Insurance Program (CHIP), demonstrating how it should help reverse the decline in health insurance coverage for children, but may leave many of their parents uninsured.

Fund Report

Creating a Seamless Health Insurance System for New York's Children

February 1, 2001 - New York has recently brought Medicaid and Child Health Plus together, making the two programs more compatible. This paper takes a comprehensive look at both these programs in order to identify areas of continued programmatic disparity and explore ways to bridge differences.

Fund Report

Creating a State Minority Health Policy Report Card

April 27, 2005 - In the first "report card" to evaluate all 50 states on their progress in addressing disparities in minority health care, researchers found region of the country to be a significant predictor of performance, with high- and low-performing states tending to cluster geographically.

In the Literature

Crossing the Medicaid-Private Insurance Divide: The Case of EPSDT

August 21, 2008 - Recent legislation could threaten the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (EPSDT), warn the authors of this Commonwealth Fund-supported paper.

In the Literature

Cultural Competence and Health Care Disparities: Key Perspectives and Trends

April 26, 2005 - Culturally competent health care is gaining attention not only as a strategy to reduce racial and ethnic disparities but as a cost-effective means of improving health care quality, according to a new study.

In the Literature

Cultural Competence in Health Care: Emerging Frameworks and Practical Approaches

October 1, 2002 - This field report spotlights a diverse group of health care organizations striving to improve access to and quality of care for a growing minority and immigrant population through innovative programs that develop minority leadership, promote community involvement, and increase awareness of the social and cultural factors that affect health beliefs and behaviors.

Fund Report

Cultural Competency and Quality of Care: Obtaining the Patient's Perspective

October 18, 2006 - In this Fund report, the researchers identify the five domains of culturally competent care that can best be assessed through the patient's perspective.

Fund Report

The Deficit Reduction Act of 2005: An Overview of Key Medicaid Provisions and Their Implications for Early Childhood Development Services

October 3, 2006 - The Deficit Reduction Act of 2005, which grants states flexibility to modify their Medicaid programs, should be watched closely, a new Fund report finds. While the law could negatively affect access to early childhood development services, some of its provisions allow states to expand access to services.

Fund Report

Delivery of Well-Child Care: A Look Inside the Door

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.

In Brief

The Dependence of Safety Net Hospitals and Health Systems on the Medicare and Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital Payment Programs

October 1, 1999 - As the federal government begins reducing subsidies for safety net hospitals, the authors detail the reliance of safety net hospitals--which treat all patients regardless of their ability to pay--on the Medicare and Medicaid disproportionate share hospital payment programs.

Fund Report

Designing Maine's DirigoChoice Benefit Plan

December 21, 2004 - Maine's ambitious Dirigo Health initiative is seeking to contain health care costs and ensure access for all state residents, while improving quality at the same time. Two Fund-sponsored reports examine Maine's experiment—one focusing on the workings of the DirigoChoice benefit plan, the other examining the views of employers and workers in the state.

Fund Report

Developing a Health Plan Report Card on Quality of Care for Minority Populations

July 1, 2002 - In response to documented disparities in access to and quality of health care, health organizations have begun to take steps to identify disparities in their own patient populations. This report analyzes data from a "report card" of quality of care measures designed to identify such disparities.

Fund Report

Developing Federally Qualified Health Centers into Community Networks to Improve State Primary Care Delivery Systems

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.

Fund Report

Development of a New Patient-Based Measure of Pediatric Ambulatory Care

February 2, 2010 - The National Quality Forum has noted that questions about developmental and preventive care would improve the CAHPS pediatric survey. To fill this gap, Commonwealth Fund–supported researchers developed and tested new questions and survey protocols to assess the preventive and developmental care provided by pediatricians.

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