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Adding Their Voices: What Older Adults Are Saying about Team Care and the Medical Home


April 14th, 2014
by Marcus Escobedo

Foundations, government, and the health care sector are making large investments to reengineer and revitalize primary care, hoping this will improve the cost and quality of health care overall. Primary care practices that use expanded teams to deliver well-coordinated care designed around the needs of patients and families—widely known as patient-centered medical homes—have become the […]

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Eliminating Preventable Harm in Academic Medical Centers: The Libretto Consortium and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation


March 18th, 2014
by Loren Pogir

Imagine a health care system where medical harms no longer occur. Where technology is connected and systems talk to each other. Where doctors, nurses, patients, and families work as a team, and decisions about health care are shared. Imagine a health care system that is so finely tuned that it can eliminate preventable harms, cut […]

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Sustainability and Growth in Funding for Drug Treatment Courts


March 11th, 2014
by William G. Schma

Crisis in the American criminal justice system in the 1980s launched a vigorous self-examination by judges, prosecutors, and law enforcement personnel and led to the creation of drug treatment courts (or simply “drug courts”). The criminal justice system was overwhelmed at the time by a glut of cases involving defendants whose substance use disorders led […]

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A World of Darkness: What If Thomas Edison Had to Write Grant Proposals to Invent the Light Bulb?


February 18th, 2014
by Jeffrey Brenner

Editors’ Notes:  This is the first in an occasional series of posts published in partnership with Grantmakers in Health (GIH). Visit its website for other updates about the field of health philanthropy. This post by Jeffrey Brenner is also available on the GIH website. As Thomas Edison began to write his grant report he cringed. Despite trying over 2,000 different materials […]

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The Rippel Foundation and the RWJF Push Frontiers for Financing and Sustaining Improvements in Health


February 13th, 2014
by Laura Landy

When the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently announced that accountable care organizations (ACOs) saved Medicare nearly $400 million by more effectively coordinating care, I wondered where the money will go. How will we capture those savings and re-invest them to continue us on a path to better health and better care that is […]

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New in the Journal: A Foundation’s Support for Telehealth Improves Access in Rural and Frontier Areas


February 5th, 2014
by Lee-Lee Prina

The GrantWatch article in the just-released February issue of Health Affairs goes right along with the issue’s theme “Early Evidence, Future Promise of Connected Health.” Written by two members of the program staff at the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, this fascinating article describes the foundation’s funding of telehealth projects to improve access to […]

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Upcycling: Bringing New Life to Existing Health Data


January 24th, 2014
by Stephanie Teleki

By now, most of us are familiar with recycling. Items with reclaimable value are collected; then base materials are salvaged to create new products—often of lesser quality. Fewer people are familiar with the term upcycling, a form of recycling that involves reconceiving, and sometimes adding to, existing items with the goal of giving them a […]

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Foundations Supporting Stewardship of Health Care Resources Through Medical Education and Training


January 22nd, 2014
 
by Daniel Wolfson and Leslie Tucker

With rising health care costs, the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and increasing concern about the effects of unnecessary medical care, there has been more interest in the role of physicians in stewardship of health care resources. However, a major barrier to engaging physicians as stewards of resources is the lack of education and […]

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GrantWatch Blog Most-Read List for 2013: Post on the Role of Government in Supporting Healthy Eating Habits Leads The Way


January 11th, 2014
by Lee-Lee Prina

Happy New Year! We compiled a list of the ten most-read posts during 2013, in case you missed any of them. Interestingly, the most-read post during 2013 was an “oldie-but-goodie” from August 2012 about a debate held at that year’s Colorado Health Symposium, sponsored by the Colorado Health Foundation. GrantWatch Blog invited the foundation’s then-vice president of […]

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Expanding the Health Care Workforce in the States; Clinics Partnering with the Community to Improve Diabetes Care


December 31st, 2013
by Lee-Lee Prina

Much of the work to improve access to high-quality care and reduce costs of care will occur in the states, according to the website of the Alliance to Reduce Disparities in Diabetes, a Merck Foundation national program. So the alliance and the National Governors Association (NGA) hosted a webinar in November that discussed current state […]

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Making New York the Healthiest State: A Population Health Summit


December 12th, 2013
by James Knickman

In early December, the New York State Health Foundation and the New York State Department of Health cosponsored a summit focused on improving population health, with the title, “Making New York the Healthiest State: Achieving the Triple Aim.” We had hoped to convince a critical mass of health sector leaders to come together for a […]

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New in the Journal: Emergency Care: What Have Foundations Recently Supported?


December 5th, 2013
by Lee-Lee Prina

The theme of the December issue of Health Affairs is “The Future of Emergency Medicine: Challenges and Opportunities.” Among the issue’s several funders is the Pittsburgh-based Jewish Healthcare Foundation. Our GrantWatch section on health philanthropy goes along with the issue’s theme by providing a selected sampling of what foundations have been supporting in the area […]

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A Health Foundation Honors Leaders in Palliative Care


November 21st, 2013
by Maddie Andrews

At Cambia Health Foundation we are committed to improving access to high-quality palliative care across our Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Utah community. Through our signature Sojourns program, we support organizations and individuals that share our commitment to advancing patient-centered, effective palliative care that improves quality of life by addressing the physical, intellectual, emotional, cultural, and […]

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New in the Journal: Sue Hassmiller on the RWJF’s Deep Commitment to Nursing


November 18th, 2013
by Lee-Lee Prina

The GrantWatch section of the November 2013 issue of Health Affairs—a thematic issue on the health care workforce—goes right along with the theme. Susan B. Hassmiller, senior adviser for nursing at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), wrote “The RWJF’s Investment in Nursing to Strengthen the Health of Individuals, Families, and Communities.” Throughout its more […]

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The Commonwealth Fund Has Announced A New Direction: Seeks to Expand Reach While Maintaining Influence


October 23rd, 2013
by Amir Al-Kourainy

The Commonwealth Fund recently announced a refocusing of its policy priorities. The new direction comes on the heels of David Blumenthal joining the Commonwealth Fund as the seventh president of the ninety-five-year old philanthropy. Since its founding by Anna Harkness in 1918, the foundation has had a mission to “do something for the welfare of […]

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The Commonwealth Fund’s WhyNotTheBest.org: Building a Platform for Health System Improvement


October 9th, 2013
 
by Anne-Marie Audet and Martha Hostetter

Development of The Commonwealth Fund’s WhyNotTheBest.org—a free tool with which to benchmark hospital performance on measures of quality and safety, outcomes, and costs—began with a question. We asked: if the U.S. health care system is not the “best in the world,” as has been amply demonstrated, what will it take to get us there?  Late […]

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MacArthur Genius Grant Recipients Include One Coordinating Care for Complex Patients; Another Confronting Chronic Illnesses in Botswana


September 26th, 2013
by Lee-Lee Prina

This week, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced its 2013 class of fellows who are receiving “genius grants.” Twenty-four “exceptionally creative individuals with a track record of achievement and the potential for even more significant contributions in the future,” were selected, according to a press release from this national funder, based in Chicago. […]

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Doing Care Differently in Rural Kentucky: Health Policy through a Rural Lens


June 17th, 2013
by M. Gabriela Alcalde

The author is director of health policy at Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. On May 7, the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and the Kentucky Rural Health Association (KRHA) convened the Doing Care Differently in Rural Kentucky health policy conference. This one-day event, held the day before the National Rural Health Association’s annual meeting in […]

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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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Interview with the New Leader of Grantmakers In Health: What She Sees Ahead for Health Philanthropy


March 11th, 2013
 
by Kathryn Sessions and Faith Mitchell

This blog post, with the original title of “Checking In with Grantmakers In Health’s New President and CEO,” first appeared on Health and Environmental Funders Network blog, which is called Giving InSight, on February 11: http://blog.hefn.org/2013/02/11/checking-in-with-grantmakers-in-healths-new-president-and-ceo/  ____________________________ HEFN [Health and Environmental Funders] Director Kathy Sessions spoke with Faith Mitchell, Grantmakers In Health’s [GIH's] newly appointed President and […]

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