The Commonwealth Fund Connection is as a roundup of recent Fund publications, charts, multimedia, and other timely content.
In their proposals to address the federal budget deficit, the President and the House of Representatives have advanced fundamentally different paths for the nation. Rising health care costs are at the heart of this debate.
In a new blog post, Commonwealth Fund president Karen Davis analyzes the proposals, showing that while both approaches constrain federal spending on Medicare and Medicaid, they differ sharply in how steep the cuts would be, how they would be achieved, and what effect they would have. Davis outlines the health care provisions in each proposal and considers their impact on the availability of affordable, comprehensive coverage and the drivers of health care costs.
In recent studies, Commonwealth Fund–supported researchers explored:
A series of studies led by former Harkness Fellows in Health Care Policy and Practice focus on international health system issues and offers lessons for the U.S. The articles address:
Many national initiatives—including Medicare's Community-Based Care Transition Program, part of the Affordable Care Act—encourage providers to work beyond their walls to coordinate patient care and avoid complications that can lead to hospitalizations or readmissions. Join a Commonwealth Fund webinar on May 6, 1 p.m.–2 p.m., EDT, featuring:
The webinar will be moderated by Commonwealth Fund vice president Anne-Marie J. Audet, M.D., M.Sc., director of the Program on Quality Improvement and Efficiency.
To register for this free event, go to https://cc.readytalk.com/r/7e6jn35x8ua.
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. The deadline for receipt of applications for the 2012–13 fellowship is August 15, 2011.
For further information on the Australian–American Health Policy Fellowship and to obtain an application, please see http://www.commonwealthfund.org/Fellowships.aspx