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The Institute for Healthcare Improvement's Triple Aim initiative seeks to help health care organizations achieve three objectives: improve the health of patients, enhance their experiences of care—including access to care, quality, and reliability—and reduce, or at least control, the per capita cost of care.
A new case study series from The Commonwealth Fund shows how three diverse organizations are transforming how they deliver care in pursuit of the Triple Aim. They include:
In an overview of the series, Douglas McCarthy, coauthor of the case studies and senior research advisor to The Commonwealth Fund, explains that while the three organizations take different paths to the Triple Aim, they are building strong partnerships with individual care providers and community organizations to evaluate whether resources are being optimally deployed to meet population needs, including improved care coordination, chronic disease management, and preventive health.
The Commonwealth Fund's 2011–12 Harkness Fellowships in Health Care Policy and Practice 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 Harkness Fellowships 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 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/Australian-American-Health-Policy-Fellowships.aspx.