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Controlling Costs and Improving the Quality of US Health Care: The Bipartisan Policy Center’s Report


June 6th, 2013
by Divvy Upadhyay

On April 19, 2013, the Washington, DC–based Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) released a comprehensive report with several recommendations for reducing the cost and improving the quality of health care in the United States. Funded by the Peter G Peterson Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the report was part of the BPC’s Health Care Cost Containment Initiative, which was led by four government veterans: former Senate majority leaders, Tom Daschle and Bill Frist; former chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, Pete Domenici; and former White House Office of Management and Budget director and first director of the Congressional Budget Office, Dr. Alice Rivlin. The report was coauthored and reviewed by BPC Health Project directors, Katherine Hayes and William Hoagland, along with other staff and seasoned health policy experts, such as Paul B. Ginsburg, Chris Jennings, Sheila Burke, Steven Lieberman, and Joe Minarik.

What makes this initiative unique, the authors say, is its bipartisan approach and a focus that extends beyond just “federal health-costs and deficit reduction.” In a Washington Post op-ed, Daschle, Frist, Domenici, and Rivlin point to the report’s more than fifty major policy recommendations and an estimated $560 billion in debt and deficit reduction over the next decade. That savings, they say, “is the outgrowth of our work, not the goal.” The chief lesson is: “Until better care is prioritized over more care, our nation will continue to face a problem with health-care costs.” They admit there is no silver bullet and “[n]o single set of recommendations can fix the health-care system or the nation’s debt and deficit crisis overnight,” but they hope “this report can start a constructive, pragmatic dialogue among policymakers and political leaders”.

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The Evolution of Health Philanthropy—What Next?


February 28th, 2013
by Faith Mitchell

The author is the new president of Grantmakers In Health, an organization of health funders. It is based in Washington, D.C. In the past thirty years, health philanthropy has undergone major changes, and the field continues to evolve. In its role of advising and informing health funders, Grantmakers In Health (GIH) has been an active […]

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RWJF Young Leader Award Winners Announced, as Foundation Celebrates Fortieth Anniversary


October 25th, 2012
by Lee-Lee Prina

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation announced the winners today. Read below to find out a little about the ten Young Leader winners. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), based in Princeton, New Jersey, announced the ten winners of an award for young people with “strong potential for future leadership,” who are age forty or younger […]

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Nominations Sought for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Young Leader Awards


July 5th, 2012
by Lee-Lee Prina

GrantWatch Blog is pleased to help the foundation get the word out about this new program, which is part of the foundation’s commemorative activities to mark its forty years of grant making. Read more below. The Young Leader Awards: Recognizing Leadership for a Healthier America program will recognize up to ten people, age forty and […]

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Chronic Diseases, Global Health, Health Insurance, & More: Foundation Blogs Round-Up


March 7th, 2012
by Lee-Lee Prina

Here are some blog posts that caught my eye this week, as I sifted through foundation blogs I follow. The descriptions are brief—just to give you a flavor of what the post is about.  This is a short week in the office for me, as I head over to nearby Baltimore for the Grantmakers In […]

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Arizona Health Survey: More than Just Numbers, Foundation Finds


June 15th, 2011
by Kim VanPelt

Read how community-based organizations can use results of a foundation-funded health survey. On June 2, St. Luke’s Health Initiatives (SLHI) presented information about and findings from the 2010 Arizona Health Survey to an audience of more than 100 community-based organizations in our state. Our aim was to share with these community leaders how that data […]

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