The Commonwealth Fund Connection

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

  • October 23, 2009 Issue
Analysis of Health Reform Bills Highlights Similarities, Differences, Impacts, and Costs
Commonwealth Fund report published earlier today analyzes the similarities, differences, potential impacts, and costs of the three comprehensive health reform bills passed by key U.S. congressional committees. As explained in the report and an online slide presentation narrated by Karen Davis, Fund president and report coauthor, the Senate and House bills all include provisions that seek to expand and improve health care coverage by building on the strongest aspects of our current private–public insurance system and reorganizing and regulating the individual and small-group insurance markets.

In addition to the report and slide presentation, you can also view interactive tables that provide side-by-side comparisons of the system reform and insurance coverage provisions in the three bills. As health reform legislation evolves, be sure to visit for updates to the report and companion resources.
Incremental Cost Estimates for the Patient-Centered Medical Home
How much does it cost a physician practice to become a medical home and add new medical home features? A new Commonwealth Fund report finds less than a $1-per-patient difference in costs per month between physician practices with a high level of medical home attributes—such as evening office hours, electronic health record systems, and care management services—and those with lower levels.
Testimony--The Growing Problem of Underinsurance in the United States: What It Means for Working Families and How Health Reform Will Help
In testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Energy and Commerce on October 15, 2009, Commonwealth Fund vice president Sara R. Collins discussed the growing number of Americans with such high out-of-pocket costs relative to their income that they can be considered "underinsured."

Karen Davis on PBS

Commonwealth Fund president Karen Davis was interviewed recently by Richard D. Heffner for his TV show, "The Open Mind." Watch a video of the interview, which focuses on health reform, on the Fund Web site, or check local listings to watch on public television. View Part 1. View Part 2.

In an Online NewsHour's "Insider Forum," Fund president Karen Davis and T.R. Reid, author of The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper and Fairer Health Care, answered questions from the public about what the U.S. can learn from other countries’ health care systems.

New Performance Data Now Available on
We have updated with the latest performance data on the process-of-care and hospital patient experience measures that are publicly reported by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Users of the site can conduct side-by-side comparisons of 4,500 hospitals nationwide, track performance over time against numerous benchmarks, and download tools to improve health care quality. Two new case studies of top-performing hospitals just added to the site profile innovative strategies for improving the quality and safety of surgical care: St. Charles Hospital: Improving Surgical Care Through Best-Practice Literature and Order Sets and Ridgeview Medical Center: Service Line Structure Lays Groundwork for Surgical Care Improvement. Another case study, Holland Hospital: Improving Pneumonia Care by Hardwiring Process Enhancements, initiates a new series on pneumonia care.
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