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


February 5th, 2014

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


October 23rd, 2013

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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Support across Party Lines for Expanding Services of Nurse Practitioners to Patients: One Finding of TCWF-Field Health Policy Poll


September 19th, 2013

This post’s headline is just one result from The 2013 California Wellness Foundation-Field Health Policy Poll, a statewide poll of California registered voters released in three reports over three days in August. This is the seventh year that the foundation has been funding the survey, which has included questions on key health policy issues. Since […]

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Foundation Blogs Round-Up: Medicare, Environmental Health, Patient-Centered Care, and More


May 15th, 2013

Here are some recent foundation blog posts that caught my eye. The subjects are varied, so there is something for everybody to read! Environmental Health; Disaster Planning On April 29 Lauren Linville, a communications associate with the Health and Environmental Funders Network (HEFN), wrote on its Giving Insight blog about lessons learned during Hurricane Sandy. In “Six […]

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SCAN Foundation CEO Envisions Opportunity for Long-Term Care Solutions in New Commission


January 24th, 2013

This post first appeared on Health Affairs Blog on January 23. Great struggles sometimes result in unexpected opportunities.  In the waning moments of 2012, Congress remained in session to bridge partisan divides to solve the fiscal cliff impasse with the passage of the American Taxpayer Relief Act (ATRA). Signing the ATRA into law also achieved policy change on […]

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Why We Are Surveying Older People about Their Experiences with the Health Care System


December 27th, 2012

The author is program director of the John A. Hartford Foundation, a national funder based in New York City. He is editor and contributor for its blog, Health AGEnda. For more than twenty years, the John A. Hartford Foundation has worked to improve the health of older Americans. And over that time, institutionally, we have […]

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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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Report from New York State: What Is Ahead for Medicaid and Medicare?


November 30th, 2012

GrantWatch Blog invited this staffer from the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York to report on two community forums it held earlier this month in Buffalo and Syracuse. With the presidential election over and major provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) going into effect just about a year from now, what does […]

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Election 2012: Informational Resources on Health Care: What Have Foundations Funded?


October 19th, 2012

It’s election season, and I have noticed that a few foundations are funding information dissemination efforts—including a report, a toolkit, a video, and a post-election event. For those voters who remain undecided, perhaps these resources will help you make a decision—at least on who has the best health care platform! Please note that this is just a […]

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Eric Coleman Named MacArthur Foundation Fellow


October 3rd, 2012

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation sent out its list of 2012 fellows for what some call its “genius grants” yesterday. As I looked through the list of twenty-three new fellows, I was delighted to see the name of Eric Coleman of the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He has done innovative work […]

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Foundations Aim to Strengthen and Improve the Safety Net; Other Recent Journal Content


August 23rd, 2012

My GrantWatch column in the August 2012 issue contains a selected sampling of foundation funding on the topic of the health care safety net. Grants awarded include efforts to help safety-net providers, as well as populations who turn to the safety net for their health care. The column is but a small part of the […]

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The Three Most-Read GrantWatch Blog Posts during July 2011


August 8th, 2011

In reverse order, number three in the rankings was on Medicaid, and number two was on health reform (certainly not surprising). Number one (the most-read post during the month) was a round-up of posts from other foundation-related blogs. In case you missed the Health Affairs GrantWatch Tweet and/or e-alert when they were sent out, the […]

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Foundation Blogs Round-up: Health Reform, Global Health, HIV/AIDS, End-of-Life Care, & more


June 23rd, 2011

I have put together a listing here of some foundation-related blog posts that you may want to check out. Now that summer has arrived, perhaps things are slowing down in your workplace, and you now have time for some professional reading! Links to a wide variety of posts follow. Incidentally, if you work for a […]

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Informative, Timely, Foundation-Funded Work on Medicare Released


April 12th, 2011

Many of you have heard news reports about Wisconsin Republican Congressman Paul Ryan’s controversial proposal for Medicare contained in a broader fiscal year 2012 federal budget proposal. He proposes a “premium-support model” (some call this payment a voucher) for beneficiaries, beginning in 2022; Medicare would make a payment to a health plan chosen by the beneficiary, thus subsidizing […]

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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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Health-y Public-Philanthropic Partnerships: A Prescription for Greater Opportunities


January 6th, 2011

René Cabral-Daniels is the former director of the Public-Philanthropic Partnership Initiative at the Council on Foundations. She recently became chief of staff at the National Patient Advocate Foundation. If you define philanthropy as Council on Foundations President and CEO Steve Gunderson does—as “a strategic investment in social change,” it is clear that initiating and sustaining […]

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Holiday Potpourri: Global Health, Health IT, Health Reform, Long-Term Care, Obesity


December 23rd, 2010

It’s time again for a roundup of recent posts on philanthropy-related blogs that you may want to check out—perhaps during a slower-than-normal week at work or as you kick back at home during the holiday season. I have also included a link to a new Foundation Center document on foundations’ “policy-related activities” and a Baltimore […]

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Health Reform, Hospital Readmissions, Nurses, Oral Health: Foundation Blog Roundup


October 21st, 2010

Here are links to other recent blog posts from and about health philanthropy that caught my eye. The topics range from health professions to health reform to hospitals. (The blogs mentioned are all listed in our Blogroll on the right side of the GrantWatch Blog page.) “A Boost to Better Care,” by Chris Langston, on […]

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