Grants & Programs

The Fund supports independent research on health and social issues and makes grants to improve health care practice and policy. We are dedicated to helping people become more informed about their health care and improving care for vulnerable populations such as children, the elderly, low-income families, minorities, and the uninsured.

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2089 Grants Found

Wake Forest University Health Sciences

Project Title: Examining Health Insurers’ Premium Rate Increases and Their Response to the Medical Loss Ratio Requirement, 2013–14
Principal Investigator: Mark A. Hall, J.D.
Date Awarded: April 8, 2014
Award Amount: $159,932

Beginning in 2014, insurers are required to report premium increases of any amount, not just large ones. Researchers will analyze this new set of increases and update their work on the medical loss ratio requirement with newly available data.

Regents of the University of California

Project Title: The Case for Medicaid Managed Care Plan Investment in Programs Addressing the Social Determinants of Health
Principal Investigator: Laura Gottlieb, M.D., M.P.H.
Date Awarded: April 8, 2014
Award Amount: $221,648

Focusing on Medicaid managed care organizations (MCOs), which may have financial and organizational incentives to address their enrollees’ social needs, this project will assess the rationale for investing in these interventions and the plausibility of bringing them to scale.

Trustees of Dartmouth College

Project Title: Examining the Efforts of Accountable Care Organizations to Improve Coordination of Care for Vulnerable Patients
Principal Investigator: Valerie Lewis, Ph.D.
Date Awarded: April 8, 2014
Award Amount: $243,492

This project will interview ACO leaders to identify the strategies and programs they are using to improve care coordination for vulnerable populations and describe the ways in which frontline clinical providers are engaged in these transformation efforts.

Regents of the University of California

Project Title: Optimizing Quality in Home-Centered Primary Care, Phase 2
Principal Investigator: Christine Ritchie, M.D., M.S.P.H.
Date Awarded: April 8, 2014
Award Amount: $280,130

In phase 1, researchers developed an initial set of measures covering 10 key performance domains for home-based primary care. In phase 2, the team will test the feasibility of the proposed measures with a group of home-based providers and develop new measures as needed.

Social Science Research Solutions

Project Title: Commonwealth Fund/Kaiser Family Foundation 2014 Survey of Primary Care Providers
Principal Investigator: Robyn Rapoport, Ph.D.
Date Awarded: April 8, 2014
Award Amount: $176,786

The Commonwealth Fund and the Kaiser Family Foundation will collaborate on a survey of primary care physicians, independent nurse practitioners, and physician assistants to learn their overall opinions of the law, their perceptions of how it is affecting their patients and practices, and their views of the changes brought about by the reforms.

Johns Hopkins University

Project Title: Identifying Successful Programs for Managing Care for High-Need, High-Cost Populations, 2014
Principal Investigator: Gerard Anderson, Ph.D.
Date Awarded: April 8, 2014
Award Amount: $271,000

Rresearchers will perform a comprehensive scan of public and private programs across the nation that have demonstrated success in improving outcomes for complex patients—so-called high-need, high cost patients—while lowering the costs of care.

National Committee for Quality Assurance

Project Title: Practice Transformation: Using Patient Reported Outcomes and Measures in Learning Health Care Systems
Principal Investigator: Phyllis Torda, M.A.
Date Awarded: February 19, 2014
Award Amount: $49,964

The Brookings Institution

Project Title: Global Experiences in Accountable Care: Implications for Health Care Reform in the U.S. and Abroad
Principal Investigator: Mark McClellan, M.D., Ph.D.
Date Awarded: February 19, 2014
Award Amount: $50,000

University of Toronto

Project Title: International Roundtable to Advance Physician Leadership on Overuse
Principal Investigator: Wendy Levinson, M.D.
Date Awarded: February 19, 2014
Award Amount: $50,000

Brandeis University

Project Title: 21st Princeton Conference at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Principal Investigator: Stuart Altman, Ph.D.
Date Awarded: February 19, 2014
Award Amount: $15,000

Mathew Greenwald & Associates

Project Title: Commonwealth Fund 2014 Audience and Grantee Survey
Principal Investigator: Anne Elmlinger
Date Awarded: February 19, 2014
Award Amount: $12,150

Scientific Institute for Quality of Healthcare

Project Title: Expansion of 2014 Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey to Include the Netherlands
Principal Investigator: Gert Westert, Ph.D.
Date Awarded: February 7, 2014
Award Amount: $34,507

Social Science Research Solutions

Project Title: Expansion of 2014 Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey to Include Germany
Principal Investigator: Melissa J. Herrmann, M.A.
Date Awarded: February 7, 2014
Award Amount: $19,250

Johns Hopkins University

Project Title: Understanding the Health and Health Care Needs of High-Cost Patients: Evidence for Care Coordination and Payment Reform
Principal Investigator: Gerard F. Anderson, Ph.D.
Date Awarded: February 7, 2014
Award Amount: $35,000

Project HOPE—The People-to-People Health Foundation, Inc.

Project Title: Health Affairs Briefing on Market Consolidation
Principal Investigator: John Iglehart, J.D.
Date Awarded: January 6, 2014
Award Amount: $39,993