12/11/2013 - This Commonnwealth Fund–supported study in Health Affairs looks at proposals to replace the way Medicare pays provider, as well as pilot programs that are experimenting with new ways to organize or pay physicians—like patient-centered medical homes, accountable care organizations, and bundled payment.
12/9/2013 - This Commonwealth Fund–supported study of three upstate New York physician practices found it is possible for patient-centered medical homes to achieve reduced health care spending by emphasizing prevention and coordinated care and changing provider incentives through the use of bundled payments.
12/5/2013 - The 20 states choosing not to expand their Medicaid programs under the Affordable Care Act are forgoing billions of dollars in federal funds, while residents in their states are contributing to the cost of the expansions in other states, according to a new Commonwealth Fund study.
11/21/2013 - This brief examines the sources of high costs in the United States, the obstacles to getting them under control, and the promising public and private efforts under way to uncover the secret to high-value health care.
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11/18/2013 - The Safety Net Medical Home Initiative, sponsored by The Commonwealth Fund, helped 65 safety-net clinics become PCMHs. To help monitor progress and identify additional opportunities for improvement, researchers developed the Patient-Centered Medical Home Assessment. This study sought to test the tool’s validity in measuring progress in the PCMH transformation process.
11/18/2013 - This study aimed to determine which factors affect decision-making by nurse aides—the caregivers with the most firsthand knowledge of residents.
11/14/2013 - This publication presents overviews of the health care systems of Australia, Canada, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Japan, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States.
11/13/2013 - Our new international survey finds that adults in the United States are far more likely than those in 10 other high-income industrialized nations to go without health care because of the cost, encounter difficulties paying medical bills, and deal with time-consuming health insurance paperwork or disputes, including claims that were unexpectedly not paid.
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11/6/2013 - Health applications, or apps, on mobile devices may serve as a catalyst to stimulate the transformation of health care generally and target low-income populations to expand access to care and help reduce health disparities.
11/4/2013 - A new Health Affairs study finds that health information technology will substantially lessen the burden on primary care physicians, through gains in efficiency, greater reliance on nurse practitioners and physician assistants, and greater emphasis on remotely provided care.
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11/4/2013 - This Commonwealth Fund survey found that more than half of U.S. adults who are potentially eligible for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act, but who have not yet signed up for a plan, say they will likely try to enroll or to find out about financial help by the end of March 2014, the close of the open enrollment period.
10/25/2013 - To reduce the need for readmissions and improve patients’ health and well-being, many hospitals are participating in quality improvement campaigns focused on this problem. To assess progress, Commonwealth Fund–supported researchers surveyed hospitals taking part in the Hospital to Home initiative.
10/16/2013 - This Commonwealth Fund-supported study in Health Affairs finds that several features of the small-businesses insurance marketplaces appeal to small-business owners, but that affordability will be a key consideration in their decision to purchase coverage from the marketplaces.
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10/16/2013 - The German Pharmaceutical Market Restructuring Act experience provides lessons for the United States, where comparative effectiveness research is publicly funded but public insurance programsare limited in their ability to use its findings to make coverage or pricing decisions.
10/9/2013 - This issue brief reviews Affordable Care Act provisions that have the potential to benefit low- and modest-income individuals, including those that expand health insurance coverage; strengthen primary care and improve care coordination; bolster the capacity of providers serving low-income communities; and more.