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Throughout the lengthy debate over health insurance expansions and new regulations in the recently passed health care reform legislation, relatively little attention has been paid to the parts of the law that seek to strengthen the delivery system. As discussed in a Commonwealth Fund blog post, several of these less-noted provisions could help build safer, more reliable health care systems—by promoting transparency and performance reporting, encouraging organized care, reforming the malpractice system, and supporting research on evidence-based care.
According to the authors, Vice President Anne-Marie J. Audet and Executive Vice President for Programs Stephen C. Schoenbaum, the "health reform law uses both carrots and sticks to help build a system of reliable care for every patient, every time." It does so by:
Commonwealth Fund experts have been fielding questions about the new health care reform legislation and what it will mean in the months and years ahead. View a presentation on the law's main provisions; a Commonwealth Fund–developed supplement for the Columbia Journalism Review, What Will Happen Under Health Reform—And What's Next?; a webcast, "What's in There?: An Ask-the-Experts Overview of the Health Reform Law"; and other resources on the Commonwealth Fund's Web site.
To help navigate through the legislation, we have also created the following timelines:
The 2011–12 Harkness Fellowships are open to applicants from Australia, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. The deadline for receipt of applications is September 13, 2010.
The Commonwealth Fund's Harkness Fellowships in Health Care Policy and Practice provide a unique opportunity for mid-career professionals—academic researchers, government policymakers, clinicians, managers, and journalists—to spend up to 12 months in the United States conducting a policy-oriented research study, working with leading U.S. health policy experts and gaining in-depth knowledge of not only the U.S. health care system, but also the health care systems in the fellows' home countries. For details and the application form, please visit http://www.commonwealthfund.org/Fellowships/Harkness-Fellowships.aspx.
On behalf of the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing, The Commonwealth Fund is pleased to announce the 2011–12 Australian-American Health Policy Fellowship. The deadline for receipt of applications is August 15, 2010.
The Australian-American Health Policy Fellowship offers a unique opportunity for outstanding, mid-career U.S. professionals—academics, government officials, clinical leaders, decision-makers in managed care and other private health care organizations, and journalists—to spend up to 10 months in Australia conducting research and working with leading Australian health policy experts on issues relevant to both countries. For further information and to obtain an application, please see http://www.commonwealthfund.org/fellowships/.