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Commission Corner

As Congress deliberates the specifics of health reform, The Commonwealth Fund Commission on a High Performance Health System continues to provide critical leadership and analysis of key issues.

This spring, with the Alliance for Health Reform, the Fund and its Commission sponsored two events on Capitol Hill, attracting several hundred congressional and agency staff, journalists, policy analysts, and academics. The first was a briefing examining the benefits and challenges of health insurance exchanges, as well as different options for how they might work. The event featured panelists Cathy Schoen, senior vice president for the Commonwealth Fund, Linda Blumberg, principal research associate for the Urban Institute, Richard Curtis, president of the Institute for Health Policy Solutions, and Nancy Turnbull, senior lecturer at Harvard School of Public Health and Board Member for the Commonwealth Connector, with Ed Howard of the Alliance for Health Reform moderating. The second event was a roundtable on comparative effectiveness research around the world that featured discussion on what other countries are doing for comparative effectiveness and how the U.S. should move forward in this realm. Speakers included Carolyn Clancy, director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Robin Osborn, vice president for the Commonwealth Fund, and Stu Guterman, assistant vice president for the Commonwealth Fund.

The Commission’s summer meeting will be held in July in Park City, Utah. As with all Commission meetings, the group will work on additional recommendations for health reform and take advantage of its setting to learn from local innovators. The Commission members will learn from Intermountain Healthcare’s approach to achieving high-quality, low-cost care, as well as from the experiences of former Utah governor and former Secretary of Health and Human Services, Michael Leavitt.

In late July, the Commission will sponsor an Alliance for Health Reform briefing on Capitol Hill examining different options for financing health reforms.

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