The Commonwealth Fund Connection is a roundup of recent Fund publications, charts, multimedia, and other timely content.
Visit WhyNotTheBest.org 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.
WhyNotTheBest.org also features new case studies of high-performing hospitals. Two focus on pneumonia care—Parkview Medical Center: Underscoring the Importance of Communication in Pneumonia Care and St. Luke's Medical Center: Bottom-Up Approach to Quality Improvement in Pneumonia Care—and one features a hospital that has greatly improved surgical care, Texas Health Harris Methodist–Cleburne: A System Approach to Surgical Improvement.
In a Commonwealth Fund e-forum, Fund vice president Edward Schor, M.D., describes how primary care practices can gain assistance in becoming medical homes through shared practice supports, such as technical assistance for implementing electronic medical records or the sharing of clinical services, like a community-based care coordination system. By linking practices and providers through these shared resources, communities can begin building integrated systems of care for their citizens, leading to higher overall health system performance and better outcomes for patients.