The Commonwealth Fund Connection

The Commonwealth Fund Connection is as a roundup of recent Fund publications, charts, multimedia, and other timely content. 

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In Brief: Recent Commonwealth Fund-Supported Articles in the Professional Literature

  • A recent Commonwealth Fund–supported study found that certain characteristics of nursing homes—especially having advance directives in place or a higher number of registered nurses—were associated with fewer hospitalizations of residents. This suggests that payment incentives directed at reducing acute hospitalizations may be effective.
  • Another study drew lessons from nine evaluations of patient-centered medical homes; researchers concluded that such evaluations need to include both quantitative and qualitative analyses and focus on how physician and staff roles evolve, among other factors.
  • A third study looked at how "moral hazard"—the theory that people behave differently when they are insulated from risk—affects estimates of the numbers of underinsured, or those with high medical out-of-pocket costs relatives to their income.