Grants Approved, 2005–2006
Commission on a High Performance Health System
Program on the Future of Health Insurance
Medicare’s Future
Health Care Quality Improvement and Efficiency
Patient-Centered Primary Care Initiative
State Innovations
Special Populations
Quality of Care for Underserved Populations

Fellowship in Minority Health Care / Child Development and Preventive Care
Quality of Care for Frail Elders
International Health Care Policy and Practice
Communications
Organizations Working with Foundations
Other Continuing
Summation of Program Authorizations

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AcademyHealth
$477,791
Commission on a High Performance Health System: Program Direction
In April 2005, the Board approved the establishment of The Commonwealth Fund Commission on a High Performance Health System, which is charged with identifying public and private policies and practices that would lead to higher performance, with a focus on those in society who are vulnerable due to income, minority status, health, or age. In addition to holding three meetings per year, the 18-member commission will produce an annual policy report and performance scorecard. Its work will also be reflected in existing Fund-sponsored activities, including the Bipartisan Congressional Retreat, Congressional Staff Retreat, and Alliance for Health Reform briefings and roundtables. The Fund will provide grants to the Washington, D.C.-based AcademyHealth and Alliance for Health Reform to provide basic staff support for key Commission activities. A senior policy director based at AcademyHealth will work with the executive director on Commission meetings and all policy-related programs and products. Staff at the Alliance will be responsible for logistical support of the three annual Commission meetings.
Alliance for Health Reform
$326,021
Commission on a High Performance Health System: Meetings
In April 2005, the Board approved the establishment of The Commonwealth Fund Commission on a High Performance Health System, which is charged with identifying public and private policies and practices that would lead to higher performance, with a focus on those in society who are vulnerable due to income, minority status, health, or age. In addition to holding three meetings per year, the 18-member commission will produce an annual policy report and performance scorecard. Its work will also be reflected in existing Fund-sponsored activities, including the Bipartisan Congressional Retreat, Congressional Staff Retreat, and Alliance for Health Reform briefings and roundtables. The Fund will provide grants to the Washington, D.C.-based AcademyHealth and Alliance for Health Reform to provide basic staff support for key Commission activities. A senior policy director based at AcademyHealth will work with the executive director on Commission meetings and all policy-related programs and products. Staff at the Alliance will be responsible for logistical support of the three annual Commission meetings.
Alliance for Health Reform
$431,703
Commonwealth Fund Bipartisan Congressional Retreat, 2006
Since 1999, key members of Congress and other policy experts have met for three days in January under the auspices of The Commonwealth Fund and Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government to discuss emerging issues in health care policy. With the formation of the Commission on a High Performance Health System, it becomes possible to tie the program for these retreats to the Commission's policy work. The program for the retreat will be finalized each year at the Commission's summer meeting. As in the past, the retreats will provide an opportunity for lawmakers to spend time away from their day-to-day demands so they can openly discuss health policy issues in a private setting, obtain high-quality information and analysis on multiple facets of an issue, and enhance their ability to make the value and political judgments that lie ahead. In 2006, the sessions will most likely focus on issues around Medicare, health care spending trends, Medicaid, reinsurance and high-risk pools, pay-for-performance, and the efforts undertaken by other countries to improve health system performance.
Alliance for Health Reform
$155,426
Health Policy Seminars and Congressional Staff Retreat, 2006
Alliance for Health Reform briefings are a valuable resource for congressional staff and journalists seeking the latest information on key health policy issues. In the coming year, the Alliance will conduct eight briefings and host a congressional staff retreat. Possible briefing topics include: implementation of the new Medicare drug benefit; pay-for-performance initiatives; medical errors and malpractice policy options; incremental steps toward broadening insurance coverage, including reinsurance; improving enrollment in public programs; and international issues.
Small Grants—Commission Activities

Harris Interactive, Inc.
$30,000
Public Views on Health System Performance: A Public Opinion Survey
Jordon Peugh
Research Director
161 Sixth Avenue
New York, NY 10013
(212) 539-9706
jpeugh@harrisinteractive.com

Johns Hopkins University
$49,466
Analysis of Medicare Rates and Costs for the Commonwealth Fund Health System Scorecard
Gerard F. Anderson, Ph.D.
Professor and Director
Center for Hospital Finance and Management
Bloomberg School of Public Health
624 North Broadway, Room 302 Hampton House
Baltimore, MD 21205
(410) 955-3241
ganderso@jhsph.edu

Trustees of Dartmouth College
$19,512
Benchmarks of Health System Excellence and Implication for Efficiency
Elliott S. Fisher, M.D.
Professor of Medicine and Community and Family Medicine
7251 Strasenburgh Hall, HB 7251
Hanover, NH 03755-3863
(603) 650-1822
elliott.s.fisher@dartmouth.edu

 
 
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