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 November 12, 2008 10:22 AM

Reminder: Upcoming Webinar on Improving Children's Healthy Development Through Federal Policy Change Please join us on Wednesday, November 19, at 3 p.m., Eastern Time, for a one-hour webinar, "Improving Children's Healthy Development Through Federal Policy Change." This event is being cosponsored by The Commonwealth Fund, Voices for America's Children, First Focus, and the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP). Charles Bruner, Ph.D., director of the Child and Family Policy Center and lead author of the new Commonwealth Fund issue brief, Improving Child Health Care Through Federal Policy: An Emerging Opportunity, will discuss the prospects for federal legislative child health proposals under President-elect Barack Obama and the new Congress. Alan Weil, J.D., executive director of NASHP, will offer the state perspective on federal children's health reform and Bruce Lesley, president of the advocacy organization First Focus, will discuss strategies for enacting federal well-child care reform. Commonwealth Fund vice president Ed Schor, M.D., head of the Child Health and Development Program, will moderate. To register for this online event, please go to https://commonwealthfund.webex.com/ commonwealthfund/onstage/g.php?d=555779863&t=a. There will be an approximately 20-minute question-and-answer session; you will be able to submit questions online. Improving Child Health Care Through Federal Policy: An Emerging Opportunity Charles Bruner, Ph.D., Carrie Fitzgerald, and Carla Plaza, M.P.H. October 20, 2008 Read more » The Commonwealth Fund is a private foundation that aims to promote a high performing health care system that achieves better access, improved quality, and greater efficiency. If you received this alert as a "forward" or if you would like to receive alerts on other issues, register for My Commonwealth Fund, or send an e-mail to e-alerts@cmwf.org. If you would like to unsubscribe, please go to the Manage Subscriptions page at http://www.commonwealthfund.org/subscriptions/subscriptions.htm or write to e-alerts@cmwf.org.

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 November 11, 2008 12:33 PM


Join a Meeting for Users of CAHPS and Patient Safety Culture Surveys The Commonwealth Fund would like to inform you of a free event for users and potential users of the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHP survey and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Surveys on Patient Safety Culture. The meeting, "Patient Experience & Patient Safety Culture," is sponsored by AHRQ.

The main conference will be held December 4-5 at the Doubletree Paradise Valley Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. Patricia Gallagher, Ph.D., of the University of Massachusetts, Boston will present the revised version of the CAHPS Child Primary Care Instrument that includes measures of developmental and preventive care. A pre-conference CAHPS College will be held on December 3. This is an introductory half-day session designed for new users of CAHPS surveys.

The conference is designed for current and prospective survey users, as well as anyone interested in learning about the instruments, associated reporting tools, and efforts to use these surveys to improve patients' experiences.

Registration is free. To register online, go to https://www.meetinglink.org/
cahps-sops/"https://www.meetinglink.org/cahps-sops.
    
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April 28, 2008 April 29, 2008 8:55 PM

Washington Health Policy Week in Review | The Commonwealth Fund  April 28, 2008Selected stories from the daily newsletter CQ HealthBeat from the week of April 21, 2008. Provided as a service under rights licensed by The Commonwealth Fund. The full-text version of this newsletter can be accessed via the DC Policy Updates box on the Fund's Web site, www.commonwealthfund.org.

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 April 29, 2008 8:53 PM

Presidential Candidates' Health Care Advisors Face Off on Plans' Cost, CoverageWhich comes first, cost or coverage? Health care advisors representing the Clinton, McCain, and Obama campaigns all offered different approaches at a recent National Federation of Independent Business forum. Read more »

Change Health Care Fundamentally, Experts SayThe health care delivery system needs sweeping changes to improve its quality and efficiency, experts polled in a Commonwealth Fund survey said. Read more »

Bill to Block Medicaid Regulations Readied for Senate ActionA House-passed bill to block seven Bush administration Medicaid regulations has been fast-tracked for Senate floor action, but supporters will have to deal with mounting GOP opposition to the bill. Read more »

Administration Eyes Concessions on Medicaid Regs, Hill Sources SayOn the heels of House passage of a measure that would suspend seven cost-cutting Medicaid regulations until next year, the Bush administration is mulling a strategy that would accept a limited moratorium on two of them, Capitol Hill sources say. Read more »

Study: Premiums Increased in the Individual Market, Older Policyholders Pay MoreThe average premium for individual health insurance increased by 17.8 percent between 2002 and 2005, according to a recent study by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Read more »

Special Needs Plans Push to Get Moratorium LiftedFacing criticism that they have not yet proven their worth in the Medicare prescription drug program, sponsors of so-called special needs plans said they are willing to give Congress more data to show how they provide additional services to beneficiaries with severe chronic medical conditions. Read more »

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 April 29, 2008 11:53 AM

 AcademyHealth's State Health Research and Policy Interest Group MeetingRegistration is now open for AcademyHealth's State Health Research and Policy Interest Group meeting, an opportunity to hear presentations and research regarding the latest efforts to improve state health policy, including expanding access to care and improving quality of care delivered. The daylong meeting, on June 7, 2008, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., will be held at the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C., in conjunction with AcademyHealth's Annual Research Meeting. It is cosponsored by The Commonwealth Fund.

This year, the meeting goes beyond presentations to engage the audience in interactive, roundtable discussions with a focus on learning from, and with, your peers. The meeting will feature sessions on evaluating state health reform efforts, the politics of health reform, state health research applications, and care coordination and delivery for vulnerable populations.

To register or view the full agenda, visit the
State Health Research and Policy Interest Group site.

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 April 25, 2008 8:05 PM

 Join the LBJ Centennial Conference on MedicareThe Center for Health and Social Policy at the LBJ School of Public Affairs will host the LBJ Centennial Conference, Medicare: Past, Present, and Future, on Monday, April 28, 2008, at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum starting at 12:00, CDT. The conference, which is cosponsored by The Commonwealth Fund, will be webcast live at www.utexas.edu/lbj/webcasts.

An archived webcast of this event will be provided by kaisernetwork.org, and will be available Friday, May 2, at
http://www.kaisernetwork.org/healthcast/commonwealth/28apr08. A transcript will also be available.

The conference will examine the past, present, and future of Medicare, with keynote addresses from Peter Orszag, Ph.D., the director of the Congressional Budget Office, and Mark B. McClellan, M.D., Ph.D., a former administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and a former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration. Commonwealth Fund president Karen Davis, Ph.D., will participate in the "Medicare Policy Issues Facing the Next President" session.

For more information on the conference, visit
http://www.utexas.edu/lbj/news/spring2008/medicare_conference.php.   Forward to a Friend 
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Eliot Fishman, Ph.D., Suzanne Tamang, M.S., and Dennis Shea, Ph.D
March 24, 2008
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April 25, 2008 April 25, 2008 7:07 PM

e-Alert | The Commonwealth Fund  New Return on Investment Calculator for Medicaid Quality InitiativesThe Center for Health Care Strategies (CHC has launched the Return on Investment Forecasting Calculator for Quality Initiatives, a Web-based tool designed to help Medicaid stakeholders identify programs with the potential to both improve health care quality and control costs.

The ROI Calculator, available at
www.chcsroi.org, can generate realistic return on investment (ROI) estimates for quality improvement initiatives. With funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and The Commonwealth Fund, CHCS worked with eight states to test the ROI Calculator through the Return on Investment Purchasing Institute, a national learning collaborative. The experiences of these states are summarized in a new issue brief by CHCS's Allison Hamblin, M.S.P.H., Using ROI Forecasting to Maximize the Value of Medicaid Investment.

On May 8, 2008, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m., EDT, CHCS will host a webinar, "Forecasting Return on Investment from Medicaid Quality Initiatives," which will include a demonstration of the calculator. Participants in the ROI Purchasing Institute will also discuss how they used the tool to plan for and support specific state initiatives.

To register for this Commonwealth Fund- and RWJF-supported webinar, go to
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 April 22, 2008 12:36 PM


Dear Colleague:
Primary care physicians who treat a disproportionate share of black and Latino patients provide more charity care, see more patients, depend more heavily on low-paying Medicaid, and earn lower incomes than physicians seeing mostly white patients, a new Commonwealth Fund-supported study finds.

As documented in the Health Affairs Web Exclusive article, Do Primary Care Physicians Treating Minority Patients Report Problems Delivering High-Quality Care?, such practice constraints can have a profound effect on the ability of physicians to deliver high-quality care to patients. For instance, physicians treating large numbers of minority patients typically spend less time with each patient and have a harder time obtaining specialty care referrals than do other physicians.

The researchers, James Reschovsky and Ann O'Malley from the Center for Studying Health System Change, say that expanding insurance coverage, raising Medicaid payments to equal Medicare payments, and increasing the resources available to physicians who serve low-income and minority populations could all go a long way toward reducing disparities in quality.

A companion chartpack illustrating the study's findings is also available for free download.  Forward to a Friend  Subscribe to e-Alerts   Related Resources
Racial and Ethnic Disparities in U.S. Health Care: A Chartbook
Holly Mead, Ph.D., Lara Cartwright-Smith, J.D., Karen Jones, M.S., Christal Ramos, Kristy Woods, M.D., M.P.H, and Bruce Siegel, M.D., M.P.H.
March 13, 2008
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Do Hospitals Provide Lower-Quality Care to Minorities Than to Whites?
Darrell J. Gaskin, Ph.D., Christine Spencer, Sc.D., Patrick Richard, Ph.D. et al.
March 11, 2008
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 April 21, 2008 3:57 PM

Dear Colleague:
Substantial improvements in the quality of U.S. health care and the way it is delivered to patients will require profound organizational changes in our health system, say experts responding to the
latest Commonwealth Fund/Modern Healthcare Health Care Opinion Leaders Survey.

Nearly nine of 10 respondents to the survey agree on the need for fundamental change. None of the experts said no changes were needed, and only a relative few--8 percent--said modest changes to the health care delivery system would be sufficient.

Health care opinion leaders are in agreement that a more organized delivery system--one with enhanced access to care, care coordination, and health information exchanges, and one in which hospitals, practices, and providers work together to improve quality and efficiency--is more likely to deliver high-quality, efficient, and patient-centered care than a non-organized system.

"Although universal coverage is a prerequisite for a high performance health system, coverage needs to be coupled with care that is accessible and well coordinated," said Commonwealth Fund President Karen Davis.

For additional perspective on the survey's findings, read commentaries by
Gregory P. Poulsen, M.B.A., senior vice president at Intermountain Health Care and member of The Commonwealth Fund Commission on a High Performance Health System, and Martin-J. Sepulveda, M.D., vice president for well-being services and health benefits at IBM Corp       

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Cathy Schoen, M.S., Stuart Guterman, Anthony Shih, M.D., M.P.H., Jennifer Lau, Sophie Kasimow, Anne Gauthier, M.S., and Karen Davis, Ph.D.
December 18, 2007
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Physician Organization in Relation to Quality and Efficiency of Care: A Synthesis of Recent Literature
Laura Tollen, M.P.H.
April 17, 2008
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 April 18, 2008 7:18 PM

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Recent studies offer compelling evidence that health care in the U.S. is not nearly as effective or efficient as it could be, and that many Americans suffer from the underuse, overuse, or misuse of services. A wide range of experts, including The Commonwealth Fund Commission on a High Performance Health System, believe that the way health care providers are organized should play a role in a fundamental redesign of health care delivery in the U.S.

In the new Commonwealth Fund report, Physician Organization in Relation to Quality and Efficiency of Care: A Synthesis of Recent Literature, Laura Tollen of the Kaiser Permanente Institute for Health Policy presents a framework for understanding recent research linking organizational attributes with higher quality and efficiency in the care provided by physician groups--the core of any organized care delivery system.

Tollen reviews evidence regarding the importance of cohesion and collaboration within a physician practice; the optimal practice size for supporting the infrastructure needed for quality and efficiency improvements; and practice affiliation. She also discusses the role policymakers can play in promoting those physician group attributes that are linked to quality or efficiency.  Forward to a Friend  Subscribe to e-Alerts   Related Resources
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The Medicare Physician Group Practice Demonstration: Lessons Learned on Improving Quality and Efficiency in Health Care
Michael Trisolini, Ph.D., M.B.A., Jyoti Aggarwal, M.H.S., Musetta Leung, Ph.D., M.S. et al.
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 April 08, 2008 7:55 PM

As the U.S. seeks to reform its health system, the Dutch and German health systems have been put forward as models. These nations have achieved universal coverage through competition among nongovernmental insurers within a governing regulatory framework, along with government subsidies for those with low incomes. In Commonwealth Fund-supported interviews conducted in November and published today on the Health Affairs Web site, the health ministers from the Netherlands and Germany discuss their systems with three U.S. health policy analysts. Dutch Minister of Public Health, Well-Being, and Sport Ab Klink talks with Alain Enthoven, the Marriner S. Eccles Professor of Public and Private Management Emeritus at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. And German Minister of Health Ulla Schmidt speaks with Tsung-Mei Cheng, the host and executive editor of the International Forum at Princeton's International Center, and Uwe Reinhardt, the James Madison Professor of Political Economy at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. The interviews cover the role of competition, the individual mandate in the Netherlands, and Germany's approach to technology assessment, among other topics.

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 April 08, 2008 7:25 PM


e-Alert | The Commonwealth Fund     Dear Colleague:
Medical errors cost the health system billions of dollars a year. Patient safety advocates have long sought to demonstrate that if health care organizations invest in safer practices and systems, they will reap financial returns in the form of reduced malpractice costs and other expenses.

But according to Harvard University researcher Michelle M. Mello, Ph.D., J.D., and her colleagues, hospitals may lack the financial incentives needed to improve safety. In their article, "Who Pays for Medical Errors? An Analysis of Adverse Event Costs, the Medical Liability System, and Incentives for Patient Safety Improvement" (Journal of Empirical Legal Studies), they found that most of the costs resulting from medical errors are actually shifted to outside parties--often to payers like Medicare.

Mello and colleagues compared the costs associated with adverse events that were absorbed by hospitals, including malpractice insurance premiums and extra inpatient care they were unable to recoup, against costs that were passed along to other payers. On average, the hospitals studied externalized 78 percent of the costs of all injuries and 70 percent of the costs of negligent injuries.

The authors say that in addition to changes in provider payment policy, legal reforms to allow more injured parties to pursue compensation could bolster incentives for hospitals to improve safety. Today, only a small percentage of patients affected by medical errors actually receive compensation through the medical liability system.

In a previous Fund-supported study, Mello and colleagues suggest creating an administrative compensation system of "health courts," which would make compensation accessible to a broader range of patients and help control malpractice costs by setting reasonable limits to awards.

Please take advantage of our new commenting feature by clicking on the "Post a Comment" button on the publication page.
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February 27, 2007
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 April 04, 2008 10:22 AM

e-Alert | The Commonwealth Fund     Dear Colleague:
The Commonwealth Fund would like to inform you that the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) is accepting applications for its 2008 Recognizing Innovation in Multicultural Health Care Award. This program highlights and recognizes health plans for their exemplary efforts and demonstrated effectiveness in promoting cultural competence and addressing the health care needs of diverse members.

The initiatives submitted for awards will also inform NCQA as it develops voluntary accreditation standards to help health plans assess their efforts to address these important issues.

Award winners will be honored at an event in San Francisco on September 18, 2008. Awardees will also showcase their initiatives at a poster session and reception prior to the event, which will provide a forum for the recognition, dissemination, and collaboration of various efforts to address culturally and linguistically appropriate services (CLA and disparities-related issues. All are invited to attend.

Applications are available online at www.ncqa.org/clas.aspx and must be submitted by May 30, 2008. Please e-mail CLASAwards@ncqa.org with any questions or for more information.
   Forward to a Friend  Subscribe to e-Alerts    The Commonwealth Fund is a private foundation that aims to promote a high performing health care system that achieves better access, improved quality, and greater efficiency. If you received this alert as a "forward" or if you would like to receive alerts on other issues, register for My Commonwealth Fund, or send an e-mail to e-alerts@cmwf.org. If you would like to unsubscribe, please go to your Profile Page in My Commonwealth Fund or write to e-alerts@cmwf.org.   [ send green star]
 
Commonwealth Fund March 14, 2008 12:31 PM

e-Alert | The Commonwealth Fund  Dear Colleague:
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Research shows that minorities in the United States are in poorer health, have more trouble accessing care, are more likely to be uninsured, and receive lower-quality care more often than other Americans. To enhance understanding of disparities and inform solutions, The Commonwealth Fund presents Racial and Ethnic Disparities in U.S. Health Care: A Chartbook.

Containing 75 charts and accompanying analysis, this unique resource presents emerging evidence linking many disparities to the overall performance of local health care systems. According to the research team, led by Holly Mead, Ph.D., of George Washington University, U.S. minorities may disproportionately live in regions where the quality of care is suboptimal.

The chartbook is divided into the following sections:

  • The Demographics of America
  • Disparities in Health Status and Mortality
  • Disparities in Access to Health Care
  • Disparities in Health Insurance Coverage
  • Disparities in Quality
  • Strategies for Closing the Gap.

On Monday, March 24, 2008, the Fund's Program on Quality of Care for Underserved Populations will host an online meeting, Eliminating Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care: A New Chartbook. Fund assistant vice president Anne Beal, M.D., M.P.H., will introduce the webinar. Presenters include: chartbook co-author Bruce Siegel, M.D., M.P.H., research professor at George Washington University; Dora Hughes, M.D., M.P.H., health policy adviser to Senator Barack Obama; and Carolyn Clancy, M.D., director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

The webinar will be held from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., EDT. To register, go to the event registration page.    Forward to a Friend  Subscribe to e-Alerts    The Commonwealth Fund is a private foundation that aims to promote a high performing health care system that achieves better access, improved quality, and greater efficiency. If you received this alert as a "forward" or if you would like to receive alerts on other issues, register for My Commonwealth Fund, or send an e-mail to e-alerts@cmwf.org. If you would like to unsubscribe, please go to your Profile Page in My Commonwealth Fund or write to e-alerts@cmwf.org.    Please add commonwealthfund@cmwf.org to your address book [vCard]    Copyright 2008 © The Commonwealth Fund

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