Commonwealth Fund Bipartisan Congressional Retreat, 2006


Since 1999, key members of Congress and other policy experts have met for three days in January under the auspices of The Commonwealth Fund and Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government to discuss emerging issues in health care policy. With the formation of the Commission on a High Performance Health System, it becomes possible to tie the program for these retreats to the Commission's policy agenda. The program for the retreat will be finalized each year at the Commission's summer meeting. As in the past, the retreats will provide an opportunity for lawmakers to spend time away from their day-to-day demands so they can openly discuss health policy issues in a private setting, obtain high-quality information and analysis on multiple facets of an issue, and enhance their ability to make the value and political judgments that lie ahead. In 2006, the sessions will most likely focus on issues around Medicare, health care spending trends, Medicaid, reinsurance and high-risk pools, pay-for-performance, and the efforts undertaken by other countries to improve health system performance.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
Alliance for Health Reform
Principal Investigator:
Edward F. Howard
Award Amount:
Approval Date:
July 12, 2005

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