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The Commonwealth Fund 2007–08 Harkness Fellowships in Health Care Policy and Practice

Orientation Seminar, September 24-27, 2007


The Commonwealth Fund
One East 75th Street
New York, NY
Tel: 212-606-3800




Participant List

Participant Contact List

Participant Bios

List of Background Readings

Project Summaries

Background Materials Below




Additional Background Readings

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

10:15 am – 11:15 am

Challenges to the Health of the Nation: The Commonwealth Fund Commission on a High Performance Health Care System

Karen Davis

K. Davis. 2007. Uninsured in America: Problems and Possible Solutions. BMJ 334: 346–48.

K. Davis, and C. Schoen. 2003. Creating Consensus on Coverage Choices. Health Affairs Web Exclusive w3.199-w3.211.

C. Schoen, K. Davis, S.K.H. How, and S.C. Schoenbaum. 2006. U.S. Health System Performance: A National Scorecard. Health Affairs 25(6): w457-w475.

1:30 pm – 2:45 pm

Policy Roundtable: Improving Quality of Care

Anne C. Beal

A.C. Beal. 2004. Policies To Reduce Racial And Ethnic Disparities In Child Health And Health Care. Health Affairs 23: 171-79.

A. C. Beal, M.M. Doty, S.E. Hernandez, K.K. Shea, and K. Davis. 2007. Closing the Divide: How Medical Homes Promote Equity in Health Care: Results From The Commonwealth Fund 2006 Health Care Quality Survey. The Commonwealth Fund.

R. Hasnain-Wynia. 2007. Disparities in Health Care Are Driven by Where Minority Patients Seek Care. Archives of Internal Medicine 167: 1233-39.

Anthony Shih

K. Shea, A. Shih, and K. Davis. 2007. Health Care Opinion Leaders' Views on the Quality and Safety of Health Care in the United States. The Commonwealth Fund.

K. Davis, and S. Guterman. 2007. Rewarding Excellence and Efficiency in Medicare Payments. The Milbank Quarterly 85:449-68.

M.B. Rosenthal, and R.A. Dudley. 2007. Pay-for-Performance: Will the Latest Payment Trend Improve Care? JAMA 297:740-44.

Melinda Abrams

K. Davis, S.C. Schoenbaum, and A.J. Audet. 2005. A 2020 Vision of Patient-Centered Primary Care. Journal of Internal Medicine 20: 953-57.

B. Starfield, L. Shi, and J. Macinko. 2005. Contribution of Primary Care to Health Systems and Health. Milbank Quarterly 83: 457-502.

2:45 pm – 3:30 pm

New Models for Long Term Care

Mary Jane Koren

B. Goldberg. 2007. Facing the Problems of Long-Term Care for the Oldest Old. The Century Foundation.

National Commission for Quality Long-Term Care. 2006. Out of Isolation: A Vision for Long-Term Care in America.



Project Summaries

Improving Quality of Care

Primary and Patient-Centered Care Summaries

Linking Race and Ethnicity Data with Inpatient Quality-of-Care Measures in Private Hospitals
Analyzing the Special Problems of Providing Quality Care to Minority Patients
Addressing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care: A Medicaid Managed Care Collaborative

Identifying Strategies for Diffusion of Improvements in Hospital Care for Heart Attack Patients
Advancing Payment for Health Care Quality and Efficiency Through an Evidence-Based Case Rate Approach
Pursuing Efficiency: Assessing Health Plan Characteristics and Practices That Affect Performance

New Models for Long Term Care

Using Incentives to Reduce Hospitalizations and Enhance Quality for Nursing Home Residents in New York State
Supporting the Nursing Home Culture Change Movement, Part 2
The Pioneer Network Initiative: Moving into the Second Decade, Year 1
Developing Tools for Achieving Resident-Centered Care in Nursing Homes


Wednesday, September 26, 2007

9:00 am – 10:30 am

Harkness Mentors Panels and Discussion

"Chronic Illness: Pressing Challenges and Critical Policy Options"
Gerard Anderson, Johns Hopkins University

G.F. Anderson, and E. Chu. 2007. Expanding priorities—confronting chronic disease in countries with low income. New England Journal of Medicine 356:209–11.<./p>

G.F. Anderson, B.K. Frogner, and U.E. Reinhardt. 2007. Health Spending in OECD Countries In 2004 – An Update. Health Affairs 26:1481-89.

Transforming Children's Health Care

Christopher Forrest, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

C.B. Forrest. The Health Care Delivery System. In: T.K. McInerny, H.M. Adam, D. Campbell, D.K. Kamat, and K.J. Kelleher, eds. Pediatric Primary Care 5th Ed. Elk Grove Village, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics; In press.

11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Harkness Mentors Panels and Discussion

"Health Care ATM's: Is Medicine Like Banking?"
Charles Safran, Harvard Medical School/Beth Israel Deaconess

J.S. Ash, et al. 2007. The Extent and Importance of Unintended Consequences Related to Computerized Provider Order Entry. JAMA 14:415-23.

D.Z. Sands, and J.D. Halamka. 2004. PatientSite: Patient Centered Communication, Services, and Access to Information. In Book Consumer Informatics: Applications and Strategies in Cyber Health Care, ed. R. Nelson and M.J. Ball, New York: Springer-Verlag.

C. Safran. 2004. Care at a Distance. In Book Consumer Informatics: Applications and Strategies in Cyber Health Care, ed. R. Nelson and M.J. Ball, New York: Springer-Verlag.

C. Safran. 2003. The Collaborative Edge: Patient Empowerment for Vulnerable Populations. International Journal of Medical Informatics 69:185-90.

"Successful Approaches to Managing Chronic Conditions"
Robert Crane, Kaiser Permanente

H. King, R. Bretari, L. Francis, and C.M. Kilo. 2007. People Using Technology to Transform Care: The 21st Century Care Innovation Project. The Permanente Journal. 11:40-44.

M.A. Krall. 2005. The Electronic Health Record "ToolBox." The Permanente Journal. 9:49-52.

D.S. Sobel, K.R. Long, and M. Hobbs. 2002. Chronic Disease Self-Management Program: From Development to Dissemination. The Permanente Journal. 6:15-22.

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Harkness Mentors Panels and Discussion

"Transitional Care: A Collaborative Journey"
Mary Naylor, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

M. Naylor. 2004. Transitional care for older adults: A cost-effective model. Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics Issue Brief. 9:1–4.

M.D. Naylor, et al. 2004. Transitional care of older adults hospitalized with heart failure: a randomized, controlled trial. J Am Geriatr Soc 52:675–84.

M.D. Naylor, et al. 1999. Comprehensive discharge planning and home follow-up of hospitalized elders: a randomized clinical trial. JAMA 2817:613–20.

M. Naylor, et al. 1994. Comprehensive discharge planning for the hospitalized elderly. A randomized clinical trial. Ann Intern Med 120:999-1006.

"Health Care Cost Growth and Value Based Insurance Design"
Michael Chernew, Harvard Medical School

M.E. Chernew, A.B. Rosen, and A.M. Fendrick. 2007. Value-Based Insurance Design. Health Affairs 26: w195-w203.

M.E. Chernew, R.H. Hirth, S.S. Sonnad, R. Ermann, and A.M. Fendrick. 1998. Managed Care, Medical Technology, and Health Care Cost Growth: A Review of the Evidence. Medical Care Research and Review 55:259-88.


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