The Commonwealth Fund Connection

The Commonwealth Fund Connection is a roundup of recent Fund publications, charts, multimedia, and other timely content. 

  • December 18, 2009 Issue
Young, Uninsured, and Seeking Change: Health Coverage of Young Adults and Their Views on Health Reform—Findings from the Commonwealth Fund Survey of Young Adults, 2009
An overwhelming majority—88 percent—of young adults across the political spectrum think it is important for Congress and the President to pass health reform legislation that would ensure affordable health insurance for all and improve health care, according to a Commonwealth Fund survey released today. The survey found that nearly half—45 percent—or approximately 20 million young adults between the ages of 19 and 29 were uninsured at some time during the past year.
UPDATED—The Comprehensive Congressional Health Reform Bills of 2009: A Look at Health Insurance, Delivery System, and Financing Provisions
This Commonwealth Fund report, updated today, analyzes the similarities, differences, potential impacts, and costs of the three comprehensive health reform bills passed by key U.S. congressional committees. Also see interactive tables for side-by-side comparisons of the system reform and insurance provisions.
Harnessing Health Care Markets for the Public Interest: Insights for U.S. Health Reform from the German and Dutch Multipayer Systems
In a new report, the Fund's Cathy Schoen and AcademyHealth's David Helms and Amanda Folsom describe Germany and the Netherland's use of quasi-governmental authorities to achieve the goals of better access, quality, and efficiency in health care. Read the report to learn more about the insights these two nations can lend to the U.S. health reform debate.
Why Health Reform Will Bend the Cost Curve
This analysis, coauthored by Harvard University's David Cutler and The Commonwealth Fund's Karen Davis and Kristof Stremikis, finds evidence that the cost-containing impacts of the Senate and House health reform proposals could be even greater than previous analyses have shown.
Relationship of Primary Care Physicians’ Patient Caseload with Measurement of Quality and Cost Performance
The vast majority of primary care physicians work in practices that see too few Medicare patients annually to produce statistically reliable performance assessments, according to a study supported by The Commonwealth Fund and the National Institute on Aging and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Authored by David J. Nyweide, Ph.D., and colleagues, the study concludes that Medicare's current method of measuring ambulatory care quality may not be effective for most primary care physicians.
Quality-Based Payment for Medical Groups and Individual Physicians
This Commonwealth Fund–supported study in Inquiry shows that medical groups that receive bonuses for attaining certain levels of quality and patient satisfaction are more likely than other groups to offer similar incentives to their physicians. New Data and Improved User Interface
Visit to access new types of hospital performance data through an improved comparison tool. In addition to the process-of-care "core" measures and patient experience measures, the redesigned site now includes new hospital performance data—on readmission rates, mortality rates, and reimbursement, all as reported by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Talking Health: What's Ahead in Medicare
Watch a video of a Dec. 7, 2009, webcast that explored what Medicare beneficiaries think of the program, beneficiaries' out-of-pocket costs and coverage choices, and Medicare's long-term prospects. Speakers included: Bruce Vladeck, Ph.D., senior adviser to Nexera, Inc., a consulting subsidiary of the Greater New York Hospital Association, and former administrator of the Health Care Financing Administration; John Rother, executive vice president of policy and strategy for AARP; and Michelle Andrews, who writes about health care for the New York Times, CBS, and Money. The webcast is the latest installment in the "Talking Health" series produced by the Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ), The Commonwealth Fund, and the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Journalism.

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