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New IOM Report on Graduate Medical Education Is Cofunded by Numerous Private Philanthropies


July 31st, 2014

On July 29 the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released a new report Graduate Medical Education That Meets the Nation’s Health Needs. Twelve private philanthropies and two federal agencies played a big role by supporting the study that led to the report. What does graduate medical education (GME) mean? This is the period of medical residency and possibly fellowship that a physician goes through […]

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Health Policy Fellows Program in a Southern State Helps to Inform Legislators


July 16th, 2014

The development of a nonpartisan program to help elected officials increase knowledge and dialogue around health, health care, and health policy issues has been well received in South Carolina. To take on the mammoth task of making policy decisions about state laws, regulations, budgets, etc., legislators must study a wide range of issues such as […]

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Watchful Waiting by Physicians on Payment Reform: Results from a Foundation-Funded Survey


July 8th, 2014

While almost 80 percent of Maine physicians surveyed agreed that the current fee-for-service system should be restructured to align payment with optimal clinical care, only 50 percent indicated they are preparing for payment reform measures, such as accountable care organizations. This was just one result of a survey of physicians on payment reform. The Maine […]

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NIHCM Foundation To Award Grants for Research on How to Improve the US Health Care System


May 29th, 2014

The National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM) Foundation, located in Washington, D.C., is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research and educational organization dedicated to improving the effectiveness, efficiency, and quality of America’s health care system, according to its website. NIHCM Foundation is making up to $250,000 available during its 2014–2015 funding cycle for its investigator-initiated research […]

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Toxic Stress in Children and the Importance of Listening Between the Lines to What Kids Say


April 29th, 2014

A report from the Grantmakers In Health (GIH) annual meeting, which was held in March in Atlanta. Nadine Burke Harris, founder and CEO of the Center for Youth Wellness, in San Francisco, was among the plenary speakers at this year’s GIH meeting. Wendy Wolf, president of the Maine Health Access Foundation, a GIH board member, […]

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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

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

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 Surgeon General Report on Smoking and Health Released: Progress Made; Battle Not Won


January 28th, 2014

In 1962, my dad, newspaper reporter L. Edgar Prina (who passed away in 2013), asked President John F. Kennedy an important question: What was the president going to do about smoking in the United States? Some people now view this question as among the catalysts of the antismoking movement in this country. The Department of […]

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


January 22nd, 2014

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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Foundation Develops Informative Cartoon to Explain Obamacare and Revamps Website


August 5th, 2013

The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation has released another YouToons animated video, as it did back in 2010. This time, the Kaiser Family Foundation aims to help Americans understand the changes coming their way next year under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), when certain of its provisions kick in. Called “The YouToons Get Ready for […]

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NIHCM Foundation Funding Available for Research on How to Improve US Health Care System


June 13th, 2013

The National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM) Foundation, located in Washington, D.C., is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to improving the effectiveness, efficiency, and quality of America’s health care system, according to its website. Studies chosen for this funding must have strong potential to yield insights that will help improve the US health care […]

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Money & Medicine: Lessons for Fixing the Fiscal Cliff?


December 20th, 2012

The author previously led national quality and patient safety initiatives at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, including its twelve-year program to bring palliative care into the nation’s hospitals. She is the principal author of The Treatment Trap, The Battle Over Health Care: What Obama’s Reform Means for America’s Future, and the forthcoming book, Medicare Meltdown […]

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Mark Smith on Offering Physicians a Grand Bargain


September 6th, 2012

Editor’s note: Mark Smith is the president and CEO of the California HealthCare Foundation. He also chaired the Institute of Medicine panel that wrote the report–just released today–titled Best Care at Lower Cost: The Path to Continuously Learning Health Care in America. Smith’s blog post below was first published September 5 on GrantWatch Blog’s “big sister” […]

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What Foundation Leaders Are Saying about the Supreme Court Decision


June 28th, 2012

Foundation leaders are also commenting about today’s Supreme Court decision. See what the funders you follow are saying. Most items appear to have been written June 28. Thank you to Anne Schwartz, deputy editor for special content, for her assistance in gathering this content. Blue Shield of California Foundation: “President’s Message,” by Peter V. Long, president and CEO. The California Endowment: […]

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Americans’ Thoughts on the Role of the United States in Global Health: Foundation Survey


May 24th, 2012

This week, the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation released results of a survey that aimed to find out what Americans think about the country’s role in global health. The February 2012 telephone poll asked a variety of questions, including whether US spending on global health is at an appropriate level. Other questions went beyond health […]

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Research on Medicaid: What Have Foundations Been Funding?


July 14th, 2011

Medicaid has been in the news over the past few weeks, as President Obama and members of Congress debate whether to make cuts to the federal-state program for the poor and disabled (and to other large entitlement programs) that could help reduce the federal deficit. GrantWatch Blog has gathered just a sampling of what foundations […]

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Roundup of Recent Blog Posts: Environmental Health, Medicaid, Global Health, & More


April 14th, 2011

I have rounded up a list of recent posts from health philanthropy blogs and philanthropy-in-general blogs that caught my eye. For more blog reading, see GrantWatch Blog’s Blogroll (look to the right!). Environmental Health “Good Health Should Begin at Home, so Why Is Housing Making Kids Sick?” (Apr. 10). Ben Starrett tells us that “generations of chronic disinvestment in […]

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Issue Brief and Polls on Health Reform Released by Foundations: What Are They Telling Us?


March 15th, 2011

Later this month the Accountable Care Act will mark its one-year anniversary. I have been wanting to mention three items on federal health reform that I was alerted to in late February. Here they are!  Projected Effects of Health Reform in Colorado A new issue brief provides strong financial justification for the Affordable Care Act—at least […]

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Foundations’ Funding of Research on Medicare: Useful Insights as the Budget Battles Begin


February 16th, 2011

Medicare and other entitlement programs are back in the news in the coverage of President Barack Obama’s Fiscal Year 2012 budget, which was released this week. In this post, I mention a selected sampling of recent foundation-funded efforts on Medicare. Recent Publications: DataBrief: The SCAN Foundation and Avalere Health say that low-income Americans who qualify for […]

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Why Foundations Need to Shape Payment Reform


October 14th, 2010

One of the most important unanswered questions about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 is whether it will deliver on its promise to bend the cost curve. The law includes an array of provisions to rein in spiraling costs. These include eliminating cost barriers to effective prevention and screening measures in health insurance […]

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