Philanthropy Blog Roundup: Antibiotic Resistance, Health Reform, International Health Policy, Nurses, Obesity
December 30th, 2010
I have pulled together a list of links to philanthropy-related blog posts that have come across my desk in recent weeks. I hope that you will see a few that pique your interest. During this short week between the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, I am keeping my “roundup” post—covering several important topics—short!
Happy New Year, GrantWatch readers, and see you next year!
“Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria in Hospitals: A Time for Action,” by Arjun Srinivasan, who is medical director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) new Get Smart for Healthcare campaign, and Ramanan Laxminarayan, who heads up Extending the Cure, a project funded in part by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), Health Care Blog, Nov. 17. Extending the Cure is among the partners for the new campaign, which aims to improve use of antibiotics in inpatient health care facilities. These guest bloggers remind us that “one of the reasons our current antibiotics are losing their effectiveness is because we don’t use them properly.” The authors also make this important point: “Consumers also need to stop demanding antibiotics when they suffer from a viral infection.” Amen!
“New Review Process for ‘Unreasonable’ Premium Hikes,” by Sara R. Collins of the Commonwealth Fund, Commonwealth Fund Blog, Dec. 22. Collins discusses proposed federal regulations related to a provision in the Affordable Care Act.
Role of Medicaid
“A Full Plate for Medicaid in 2011,” by Steve Somers of the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS), annual President’s Message, Dec. 9. (This is not technically a blog post but is similar to one!) Somers reminds us that under the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid eventually “will become the nation’s largest health insurer.” In response to a question from GrantWatch Blog, the CHCS’s communications director told us, “Medicaid already covers more people than any other individual health insurer and by 2016 [Medicaid] is projected to surpass Medicare in terms of total spending.” The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is a major funder of the CHCS. (Read more here about other funders of the CHCS.)
Health Systems in Other Industrialized Nations
“International Health Policy Symposium Highlights Learning Opportunities,” Michelle Ries of the Commonwealth Fund, Commonwealth Fund Blog, Nov. 29. Ries reports on the fund’s thirteenth such symposium, which was held in November in Washington, D.C., and was attended by health ministers and “leading policy thinkers” from Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States, the post says. Results of an international survey were released at the event. Commonwealth provided core funding for the survey; cofunders included government agencies. Read a Health Affairs Web First article on the survey.
“The Future of Nursing/The Future of the IOM Report,” by Rachael Watman of the John A. Hartford Foundation, Health AGEnda blog (the Hartford Foundation’s blog), Dec. 7. Watman discusses a meeting held in late autumn “to develop meaningful ways to translate” a 562-page Institute of Medicine report on nurses “into a blueprint for action.” Released in October, the report was funded by the RWJF. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) administrator Don Berwick was among the speakers at the meeting. Watman concludes her post with her own recommendation: “Nurses and nursing organizations must coalesce as a unified voice with a united message focused on the patient,” and not have various segments of the field push their own groups, agendas and projects.
“Obesity: We Need an All-Out Campaign,” by Jim Knickman of the New York State Health (NYSHealth) Foundation, President’s Corner blog (this post was originally published by the Huffington Post), Dec. 14. “To make a meaningful dent” in the obesity epidemic in the Empire State, this foundation’s president says, “I think we need to start thinking bigger and more systematically rather than trying to do things increment by increment.”