PBS NewsHour Partnership on High-Need, High-Cost Populations


Improving care for high-need, high-cost populations is a Commonwealth Fund priority, but there are numerous legal, social, and medical barriers facing physicians and policymakers as they try to cut costs and improve quality of care. The PBS NewsHour has the capacity to cover these important issues for a broad audience. This coverage could help to focus attention on the need for policy and private-sector reforms to better care for high-need, high-cost patients and increase receptivity to Fund research on this problem. The goal of this media partnership is to highlight for policymakers and the general public the health and economic problems caused by chronic illness and key changes needed to improve outcomes for high-need, high-cost patients. Six NewsHour reports will examine health care delivery and payment models for their successes and failures. Stories that may be covered include a closer look at the Alternative Quality Contract, adopted by Blue Cross Blue Shield in Massachusetts; the development of accountable care organizations; and bundled payments. Final topics and story locations will be chosen closer to the production date to ensure they are as newsworthy as possible.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
Greater Washington Educational Telecommunications Association, Inc.
Principal Investigator:
Patti Parson, M.A.
Award Amount:
Approval Date:
April 12, 2016

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