National policymakers have a vested interest in supporting and promoting effective care coordination interventions for patients with the highest health needs, say Rachel Nuzum, M.P.H., Caryn Marks, and Megan Keenan, M.P.H., in a new post on The Commonwealth Fund Blog. The authors discuss this and other takeways from an August 11, 2011, Alliance for Health Reform/Commonwealth Fund briefing about new approaches to coordinating care for the chronically ill. Such interventions as team-based care have the potential to both lower spending and improve health outcomes, the authors say.
In a new blog post, Commonwealth Fund president Karen Davis says that new data showing health spending is growing at a slower rate is somewhat reassuring news for the millions of American families and businesses who have struggled with rising health insurance premiums and out-of-pocket costs over the past decade. Davis says it's also good news for the federal government, as the slowdown indicates that the cost of health reform has been overestimated.
In a new Health Affairs study comparing the costs physicians in the U.S. and Canada incur when they have to deal with multiple health insurers, Commonwealth Fund–supported researchers show just how much more U.S. practices spend than their counterparts across the border.
Ruth Robertson, M.Sc., senior research associate for The Commonwealth Fund's Program on Affordable Health Insurance, says on The Commonwealth Fund Blog that the federal guidelines on women's preventive services issued last week should go a long way toward ensuring women no longer miss out on needed preventive services.
This issue brief explains the origin of dissatisfaction with family practice in Canada and the reforms British Columbia has made to improve physician morale and engagement, and improve patient care at lower cost, without radically restructuring the provincial health care system.
The Safety Net Medical Home Initiative has just released two new medical home implementation guides: Elevating the Role of the Medical/Clinical Assistant: Maximizing Team-Based Care in the Patient-Centered Medical Home and Quality Improvement Strategy Part 1: Choosing and Using a QI Framework. Also newly available are a video on the initiative’s progress and a series of e-forums, which offer audio and slides. See our Safety Net Medical Home Initiative page for all multimedia and a complete list of implantation guides.
In a new Alliance for Health Reform video, Karen Davis, president of The Commonwealth Fund, says the best way to reduce unnecessary health care spending is to make sure everyone gets the right care, using new provider payment mechanisms such as bundled payment and value-based purchasing. In this video, Davis describes some of these payment reforms and lays out the case for greater use of comparative effectiveness research to learn "what really works."