The Commonwealth Fund Connection is a roundup of recent Fund publications, charts, multimedia, and other timely content.
Several recent posts on The Commonwealth Fund Blog looked at the new state health insurance exchange regulations. In her two-part series highlighting select aspects of the exchange rule, The Commonwealth Fund's Sara Collins, Ph.D., says it provides states maximum flexibility, within the boundaries established by the health reform law, to tailor the exchanges to their particular insurance markets, employer communities, and populations. In another post, Mark Hall of Wake Forest University examines a companion rule that addresses risk adjustment, a necessity for ensuring a level playing field in individual and small-group markets both within and outside the exchanges.
Sara Collins and Tracey Garber also updated their blog post and map showing where states stand in establishing the legal authority for their insurance exchanges. Also available is a link to all Commonwealth Fund resources on the exchanges.
WhyNotTheBest.org, The Commonwealth Fund's quality improvement resource, has been updated with the most recently available data for the following:
CLABSI data are available on WhyNotTheBest.org through a partnership among The Commonwealth Fund, The Leapfrog Group, and Consumers Union. The hospital quality data, which is publicly reported by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, is available though the "Maps" tab on WhyNotTheBest.org.
The Commonwealth Fund has made available new topic-based RSS feeds and the ability to select topics, such as Affordable Health Insurance and Patient-Centered Care, to create a custom feed. RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is a format for sharing and distributing Web content. Using an RSS reader or aggregator, you can view data feeds from sites such as The Commonwealth Fund that offer headlines, summaries, and links to the full text.
You can also now embed a Commonwealth Fund news widget on your blog or Web site to display the latest Fund releases on your site.