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Hurricanes’ Effects on Health Care and What Foundations Are Funding in Louisiana


August 31st, 2010

As the media have been reporting on New Orleans at the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, it is also an opportune time for the GrantWatch Blog to report on how foundations have been helping in the Crescent City and surrounding area. Foundations have awarded grants to inform the general public about the status of New Orleans, […]

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Health Affairs Briefing: Medical Liability And ER Use


August 31st, 2010

The September 2010 issue of Health Affairs is devoted to two issues that arguably were insufficiently addressed by the Affordable Care Act:  medical liability and patient safety; and the growing nonemergency use of the nation’s hospital emergency rooms. The issue contains new estimates of how much medical liability costs the health care system overall; of […]

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Robert Butler’s Legacy


August 30th, 2010

Editor’s note: Earlier this summer, on July 7, Robert Butler died of leukemia. Butler was the founding director of the National Institute on Aging, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, and one of the nation’s leading authorities on aging and geriatrics. With the essay below by Christine Cassel, president and CEO of the American Board of Internal Medicine, Health […]

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Recent Foundation Funding in Global Health: Helping Haitians after the Earthquake; HIV/AIDS


August 27th, 2010

It has been more than seven months since the terrible earthquake that hit Haiti on January 12, 2010. GrantWatch Blog mentions here two foundation-related efforts to help people from this poverty-stricken Caribbean nation. We also bring you news of some philanthropic activity related to the ongoing global HIV/AIDS pandemic. Haiti New report released: “Building a More Resilient Haitian State,” […]

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Revisiting ‘Witness To Disaster’: First-Person Accounts Of Katrina’s Aftermath


August 27th, 2010

Gulf Coast residents have only recently been able to mark, in Churchill’s words, “the end of the beginning” of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. This week, these Americans and the entire nation also mark the fifth anniversary of another disaster: Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Several months after these devastating storms, in its March/April 2006 edition, […]

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Berwick To Speak AT AHIP Conference


August 27th, 2010

Don Berwick, the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, will address Implementing Health Care Reform: The Administration’s Priorities, at AHIP’s 2010 Medicare Conference, September 12-14, in Washington, D.C.  Health Affairs is a media partner for the conference. Berwick will highlight the Administration’s health reform priorities, including changes under the Medicare program and […]

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Electronic Health Records In Hospitals: A Progress Report


August 26th, 2010

While the share of U.S. hospitals that had adopted either basic or comprehensive electronic health records rose modestly between 2008 and 2009, from 8.7 percent to 11.9 percent, only 2 percent of this country’s hospitals reported having records that would meet the federal government’s “meaningful use” criteria. These findings are reported today in a Health Affairs […]

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Can Funders Quell a ‘Perfect Storm of Overutilization’?


August 25th, 2010

This month I received a letter from a physician who was dismayed to learn that a colleague was leaving medical practice. He wrote in his letter, “One of my dear friends was nudged into retirement because he didn’t order enough tests on the equipment which his practice had purchased…. His loss [to the field] is […]

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Health Policy Brief: ‘Meaningful Use’ Of EHRs


August 24th, 2010

The latest Health Policy Brief from Health Affairs and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) examines a new federal effort to encourage the adoption of electronic health records systems and related health information technology (IT). These systems have the potential to transform the delivery of health care. They can help reduce medical errors, guide physicians […]

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Health Affairs Briefing: Patient Safety, Medical Liability, And Emergency Dept. Use


August 23rd, 2010

The September 2010 issue of Health Affairs is devoted to two issues that arguably were insufficiently addressed by the Affordable Care Act:  medical liability and patient safety; and the growing nonemergency use of the nation’s hospital emergency rooms. The issue contains new estimates of how much medical liability costs the health care system overall; of […]

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On the Philanthropy Blogs Roundup: Health Reform, Dengue, Polling, and More


August 20th, 2010

I have been scanning the blogs listed on our GrantWatch Blogroll to the right and wanted to point out some posts that are worth looking at. Check out Matt Sundeen’s informative August 5, 2010, post “To Be Seen Whether Other States Follow Missouri’s Vote against Health Reform,” on the Colorado Trust’s Community Connections Blog. Sundeen, who […]

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HA Blog Post By Blumenthal And Berwick Highlighted In Wonk Review


August 20th, 2010

Joe Paduda hosts the latest edition of the Health Wonk Review at his blog, “Managed Care Matters.” Among the posts included is a Health Affairs Blog essay on the meaningful use of electronic health records by national health IT coordinator David Blumenthal and CMS admnistrator Don Berwick.

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Health Reform at the Retail Level: Community by Community, State by State


August 19th, 2010

Our discussions at the recent health funders’ retreat at Brandeis University drove home an important point. The Affordable Care Act is a lot more than a series of provisions to assure access to health care coverage for millions of uninsured Americans. The new health reform law creates opportunities to develop fundamental and complementary payment and […]

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Conference: Comparative Effectiveness And Personalized Medicine


August 19th, 2010

Susan Dentzer, Health Affairs editor-in-chief, will lead a discussion with speakers and audience in the opening session of ECRI Institute’s 17th annual conference, entitled “Comparative Effectiveness and Personalized Medicine: An Essential Interface.” The conference will be held on the campus of the National Institutes of Health, in Bethesda, MD, October 19 and 20, 2010. Health […]

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Health IT Event Video Available


August 18th, 2010

Providers will have “no excuses” for not using electronic health records to improve care, Health Affairs Editor-in-Chief Susan Dentzer said in summing up an August 5 National Press Club even on health IT. Video from the event, cosponsored by Health Affairs and the Health Industry Forum at Brandeis University, is now availabe on the Health Affairs Web […]

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Meeting Rural Health Needs In Poor Countries


August 17th, 2010

The August issue of Health Affairs, titled “Lessons From Around The World,” looks at the health systems in the developed nations of Spain and Switzerland. It also looks at the challenges faced by poor nations through the lens of Ethiopia. Researchers Kara Hanson and William Jack wanted to explore what would best motivate more doctors and […]

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Narrative Matters: The Paralyzing Power Of Shame


August 16th, 2010

Precisely two weeks after completing my medical internship, I proceeded to nearly kill a patient. July marked the start of my second year of residency at New York City’s Bellevue Hospital, and it was my first time being fully in charge of a patient. So begins Danielle Ofri’s Narrative Matters essay in the August issue […]

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How Foundations Can Help States Implement Health Reform


August 13th, 2010

More from a meeting of foundations, cosponsored by Grantmakers In Health and others and held at Brandeis University, July 2010 How can philanthropies interested in health care delivery assist states in the complex task of implementing health reform? This was the topic that brought philanthropy types together in late July to share visions and to learn from one […]

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Health Affairs Interview: Understanding The Swiss Health System


August 13th, 2010

Switzerland has been “rediscovered” as a source of inspiration for the American health care system – which is somewhat ironic, since, as former Swiss health minister Thomas Zeltner tells Tsung-Mei Cheng in an August 2010 Health Affairs interview, Switzerland’s model of “managed competition” among private health insurance plans is rooted in the work of longtime Health Affairs contributor Allan […]

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Updated Health Policy Brief: Extra Federal Medicaid Funding


August 12th, 2010

Yesterday, President Obama signed into law an extension of extra federal assistance to state Medicaid programs. The additional Medicaid funding was first approved as part of 2009 economic stimulus legislation and was due to expire at the end of the year. A Health Policy Brief from Health Affairs and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation offers […]

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