The Commonwealth Fund Connection is a roundup of recent Fund publications, charts, multimedia, and other timely content.
The health reform law will expand health insurance coverage to nearly all uninsured women and make health care more affordable for millions of women through premium subsidies and new rules—some already in place—that will protect them from high costs, according to a Commonwealth Fund issue brief.
Implementation of the Affordable Care Act comes at a time when women are struggling to afford the health insurance and health care they need—an estimated 27 million women ages 19 to 64 were uninsured for all or part of 2010. Using data from The Commonwealth Fund 2010 Biennial Health Insurance Survey, the brief also found that women are skipping needed health care, with about half (48%) reporting they did not see a doctor when they were sick, didn't fill a prescription, or skipped a test, treatment or follow-up visit because they couldn't afford it. This is up from 34 percent in 2001.
Resources from the May 6 webinar on the community approach to reducing hospital readmissions are now available, including an audio recording with synched slides, the moderator's and speakers' presentations, and a transcript of the presentations and question-and-answer session.
For lessons from hospitals with exceptionally low readmission rates, see this overview report and case studies of McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden, Utah; Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center in Houston, Texas; Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and St. John's Regional Health Center in Springfield, Missouri. Visit WhyNotTheBest.org to view comparative hospital performance data on 30-day readmission rates for heart attack, heart failure, and pneumonia patients. And visit the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Web site to learn about an initiative, supported by The Commonwealth Fund and led by IHI, to reduce rehospitalizations in four states: Massachusetts, Michigan, Ohio, and Washington.