States in Action Archive

States in Action: Innovations in State Health Policy, is a former publication of the State Health Policy and Practices program. This bimonthly newsletter tracked innovative strategies certain states used to stretch health care dollars and improve the quality of care.

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Commission Corner

The Commonwealth Fund's Commission on a High Performance Health System continues to change the debate in health care reform.

Released in June, the Commission's state scorecard, Aiming Higher: Results from a State Scorecard on Health System Performance, is still generating a tremendous response from both policymakers and the public. Fund staff have traveled across the country to present the report's findings and methodology, state specific-results, and policy solutions to key, high-level stakeholders in an effort to impart Commission messages about the importance of universal coverage and a better organized health system to promote true high performance, as well as to develop a strategy for technical assistance to those states ready and willing to take action to improve their results. Most recently, the state scorecard was presented at the State Coverage Initiatives' Workshop for State Officials and Harvard University's Interfaculty Program for Health Systems Improvement.

The Commission is also shaping the debate over payment reform through the work of grantee Harold Miller at the Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative. The recently released Fund report, Creating Payment Systems to Accelerate Value-Driven Health Care: Issues and Options for Policy Reform, draws on the discussion at a one-day, invitation-only working meeting held in March and co-sponsored by the Commission. The report is designed to assist health care payers and policymakers to restructure payment systems in ways that will improve the quality of health care and reduce (or slow the growth in) the costs of health care.

For more information, please visit the Commission page on the Fund's Web site.

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