Partnering to Advance Health Care


Partnerships have been essential to the Commonwealth Fund’s work over the past 100 years. In a new To the Point post celebrating the foundation’s centennial, Mary Jane Koren, M.D., Vice President of the Commonwealth Fund’s Frail Elders Program from 2002 to 2012, and Tanya Shah, Assistant Vice President for Delivery System Reform, discuss two major collaborations to promote a high-performing health system.

The Advancing Excellence in America’s Nursing Homes campaign, launched in 2006 with two dozen other organizations and the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), engaged nursing homes in efforts to enhance resident choice, strengthen the workforce, and improve clinical outcomes. Within a year, about 40 percent of all nursing facilities had joined the campaign. Today it is run by CMS.

One of the Commonwealth Fund’s current partnerships involves six foundations — the John A. Hartford Foundation, Milbank Memorial Fund, Peterson Center on Healthcare, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and The SCAN Foundation — working to improve care for complex patients. Combined, the six foundations have invested nearly $20 million in some 30 projects, including the Better Care Playbook, developed with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.

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