4/17/2014 - The southern Arizona region encompassing Tucson outperforms many other regions with similar socioeconomic characteristics, which may stem from the emphasis providers place on delivery system innovation and best practices and the prevalence of managed care arrangements.
4/17/2014 - The region of West Central Michigan encompassing Grand Rapids and surrounding communities performs especially well on measures of prevention and treatment quality, avoidable hospital use, and costs of care.
4/17/2014 - Case studies of three U.S. regions that ranked relatively high on the Commonwealth Fund’s Scorecard on Local Health System Performance, 2012, despite greater poverty compared with peers, revealed several common themes.
4/17/2014 - The western region of New York State encompassing Buffalo and surrounding counties performs especially well on measures of access, prevention, and treatment.
4/16/2014 - A majority of the variation seen in U.S. hospitals’ readmission rates for heart attack, heart failure, and pneumonia can be attributed to hospitals’ location, rather than to the quality of care provided in individual hospitals.
In the Literature
4/10/2014 - This report examines health care providers' perspectives on the role of managed care in improving health services for low-income adults in four communities: Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Oakland, California; Seattle, Washington; and Washington, D.C.
4/7/2014 - In this study, Commonwealth Fund–supported researchers consider how the patient-centered medical home payment model could evolve to keep pace with health care payment reforms launched by the Affordable Care Act, most notably the “shared savings” approach used by many accountable care organizations.
3/31/2014 - In this study, Commonwealth Fund–supported researchers surveyed nearly 200 physicians about their views on nine quality and safety indicators proposed for ICU care: three infectious conditions occurring more than 48 hours after ICU admission, as well as six noninfectious conditions occurring more than 24 hours post–ICU admission.
3/25/2014 - Thirty-two million people under age 65 were underinsured in the U.S. in 2012, meaning they had health coverage but it provided inadequate protection against high health care costs relative to their income. This report finds that the rate of underinsured ranged from a low of 8 percent in New Hampshire to highs of 17 percent in Idaho and Utah.
3/24/2014 - As part of the federal Financial Alignment Initiative, states have the opportunity to test care models for dual-eligible Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, with the goals of enhancing access to services, improving care quality, containing costs, and reducing administrative barriers.
3/14/2014 - This brief examines state decisions to enhance the value of the small-business marketplaces for small employers and finds that most have set predictable participation and eligibility requirements and will offer a competitive choice of insurers and plans.
3/4/2014 - This new, photo-rich Commonwealth Fund feature, "'Now I Can Sleep at Night': Stories of Finding Health Coverage in the Affordable Care Act's Marketplaces," shares the stories of Americans who have found peace of mind and stronger financial security through the new insurance marketplaces.
2/28/2014 - The financial burden borne by patients for treatment of diabetes has decreased. Patients' out-of-pocket spending on prescription medications dropped from $1,095 over the period 2001 to 2003 to $763 over 2007 to 2009, largely because of a shift from brand-name drugs to generics.
In the Literature
2/25/2014 - In this study, Commonwealth Fund–supported researchers surveyed practices participating in the Southeastern Pennsylvania Chronic Care initiative, one of the earliest and largest multipayer medical home pilots in the United States, to examine the quality care delivered, use of medical services, and the costs of care.
2/13/2014 - Commonwealth Fund–supported researchers examined the provision of mental health and substance-use disorder (MH/SUD) treatments—typically undertreated in primary care—by ACOs.