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View from California: Why Foundations Should Fund Health Policy Work


March 12th, 2015

Whenever I’m with other funders and we’re discussing public policy grant making, the inevitable question is, “How do you know if you’re having an impact?” or “How do you evaluate this work?” For many years, I didn’t always have the most thoughtful or engaging responses, in part because I didn’t know the answer and because […]

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King v. Burwell: Foundations Fund Analyses and Publish Viewpoints


March 3rd, 2015

As the US Supreme Court is set to hear arguments tomorrow in yet another case about the Affordable Care Act, a few foundations have funded analyses and published commentaries about this controversial case. If you haven’t been following the build-up to this case, I would suggest this March 2 New York Times article, “Lawyer Put […]

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What Funders Can Do to Advance Payment Reform


February 17th, 2015

The movement to transform how we pay health care providers has taken a dramatic turn in the past several years as more and more purchasers, providers, and other stakeholders seek financial incentives to deliver high-quality, cost-effective care and enhance population health. While most purchasers and health care organizations are still paying providers on a fee-for-service […]

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People Post: News of Staffers at Foundations around the United States. Job Openings


February 6th, 2015

Magdalena Beltrán-del Olmo, vice president of communications at the California Wellness Foundation (Cal Wellness), will retire from the foundation in February. Her last day is February 6. She has been with Cal Wellness since 1996. She plans to spend more time with her son and to continue “her leadership in autism advocacy,” according to an […]

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Making Local Community Health a Financial Imperative in Maryland


February 4th, 2015

When former Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill coined the phrase “all politics is local,” he knew that successful politicians addressed the everyday “kitchen-table” concerns of voters. Health care policy changes at the national and state levels have dramatically changed how Americans get insurance coverage and how health care is financed and delivered across the […]

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During the Affordable Care Act’s Second Open Enrollment Period, Foundations Reach Out


January 30th, 2015

With the current tax-filing season upon us now and the need for people to learn about reporting their compliance with the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) individual mandate, it is good to see what foundations are doing to educate people about the law, or what some call Obamacare, in general. Here are a few examples of […]

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Foundations Look at Electronic Cigarettes


January 26th, 2015

On January 22, the New England Journal of Medicine published a letter titled “Hidden Formaldehyde in E-Cigarette Aerosols.” It reports on a chemical analysis of vapor from e-cigarettes “that shows high levels of formaldehyde, a known carcinogen,” the journal says on its website. “The authors project that the associated incremental lifetime risk of cancer could […]

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David Colby of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Retiring This Week


December 31st, 2014

David C. Colby, long-time staffer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), is retiring at the end of 2014, according to an e-mail he sent out to colleagues. He reminisced about what he had been working on over a nearly seventeen-year run at the large and well-known health foundation. This includes guiding the RWJF’s health […]

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People Post: Foundation Staff Member News


December 4th, 2014

Ginny Ehrlich joined the staff of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) in July 2014 as director and senior program officer of its Childhood Obesity team. Most recently, she was founding CEO of the Clinton Health Matters Initiative, which is part of the Clinton Foundation and is “focused on reducing preventable deaths and closing health […]

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Can Philanthropy Tackle Congressional Dysfunction? Grantmakers In Health Wanted to Know


November 25th, 2014

On November 6, Larry Kramer, president of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation in Menlo Park, California, spoke at the Grantmakers In Health (GIH) Fall Forum. He is a chief architect of Hewlett’s nascent Madison Initiative, which aspires to help restore room in Congress for the kind of negotiation and compromise that is necessary for […]

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The RWJF Seeks Proposals for a New National Program: Policy-Relevant Insurance Studies


October 22nd, 2014

In its coverage work, in recent years, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has prioritized grant making related to the implementation of health reform. Research we have funded in this area has focused largely on monitoring the impact of health reform on important outcomes such as coverage, access, and utilization. Many of these activities can be […]

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Foundation-Sponsored Policy Forum Explores Four Dimensions of Health System Change: Workforce, IT, Payment, and Quality Measurement


October 8th, 2014

Each year, the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky convenes a health policy forum to explore ways that policy change can support innovations to improve population health and quality of care and to decrease care costs. On September 15 the 2014 Howard L. Bost Health Policy Forum, titled “Doing Care Differently: Journey to a Healthier Kentucky,” […]

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People Post: Foundation Board and Staff News; Job Openings


September 18th, 2014

Leah McCall Devlin has been elected to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF’s) board of trustees. Now a professor in the department of health policy and management at the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, she also is a consultant to RTI International, a research institute. Devlin was North Carolina’s state […]

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The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Creating Partnerships to Build a Culture of Health


September 11th, 2014

For most of my career, I’ve worked on health care issues that were deeply entwined in policy discussions of the day. At the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission and the Physician Payment Review Commission, I had a hand in the resource-based relative value fee schedule and the much-debated sustainable growth rate system. At the Robert Wood […]

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New Report from the Milbank Memorial Fund: Aligning Payers and Practices to Transform Primary Care


September 4th, 2014

The Milbank Memorial Fund continues the work of helping states in their efforts to transform primary care with its release of a new report Aligning Payers and Practices to Transform Primary Care: A Report from the Multi-State Collaborative. The report is an observational study of the work of ten states that are members of the […]

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New Online Course on IRS Electioneering Rules for Foundations and Public Charities Unveiled


August 28th, 2014

With the 2014 elections fast approaching, want to learn more about how to navigate the tax laws surrounding elections? In addition to in-person workshops or training available from foundations’ own legal counsel, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation recently […]

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People Post: Foundation Staff and Board Member News; Job Openings


August 9th, 2014

In June, Gabriela Alcalde was promoted to vice president, policy and programs, at the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, in Louisville. Bess Bendet, director of the Blue Shield of California Foundation’s Blue Shield Against Violence program, announced in a June 30 e-alert that she will be leaving the foundation on November 18. She plans to […]

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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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