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Palliative Care: Foundation Gives National Award Today to Ten Health Professionals


October 2nd, 2014

“Palliative care—this is one of the ways we can start to untangle the mess we’ve made of our health care system.” Ellen, whose mother and father died ten months apart, both having received palliative care. Time and time again, we hear similar sentiments from patients and their families. When palliative care is a part of […]

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New Center for Health Information Activation Supports Empowered Patients, Receptive Physicians


September 9th, 2014

The Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF), through its supporting organization the Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative (PRHI), has been working at the Triple Aim (better health, better health care, and lower cost) for seventeen years. We have tried introducing Lean in hospitals, promoting patient-centered medical homes, advocating for public reporting on the quality and cost of care, […]

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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 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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Alcohol and Drug Prevention: A New Initiative to Keep Youth on a Healthy Path


July 28th, 2014

Across the country, more people are dying from drug overdoses than car accidents. We read about their deaths daily in the news—lives young and old snuffed out. Young people are at high risk because of their impulsive behavior. And when we look at the broader pattern of misuse of alcohol and drugs, we learn that […]

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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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Opening Up Clinicians’ Notes—The Robert Wood Johnson and Cambia Health Foundations Funding a Movement


May 5th, 2014

Today, three million patients have easy and secure access to the notes their doctors write about them, a number that will continue to grow as more health systems embrace greater transparency and patient engagement. Six years ago, this relatively untested idea was prone to skepticism. With a $1.5 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson […]

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The Hitachi Foundation Sheds Light on the New Role Frontline Workers Play in Health Care


April 24th, 2014

Care guides. Patient navigators. Community health workers. Everywhere, primary care providers are experimenting with new roles for care team members. It’s not hard to understand why. Developing a truly patient-centered, team-based approach means medical providers must experiment with how services are provided, and who delivers them. At the same time, there are many established players […]

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Health Care and Domestic Violence: A Prescription for Prevention


April 8th, 2014

Have you ever filled out a questionnaire at the doctor’s office that asks if you’re a smoker, how many drinks you have per week, or if there’s a history of high cholesterol in your family? Chances are good that you have. What you may not have seen is a question that asks if you feel […]

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If You Partner, They Might Just Come: One Foundation’s Effort to Disseminate Data on Quality of Care


March 13th, 2014

In an ever-crowded media and Internet landscape, where the average attention span is short (and sadly getting shorter every year), how do you get consumers to pay attention? That’s a dilemma every organization faces, from Nike or Jet Blue to Save the Children. In the past, many of us in the foundation world assumed that […]

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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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Upcycling: Bringing New Life to Existing Health Data


January 24th, 2014

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

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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Health Equity: What One Foundation Has Learned


December 11th, 2013

For many years, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and its Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation have worked to better meet the needs of the individuals, families, and communities we serve through our outreach, education, and training programs in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine. Our recently released report “Leading Toward Health Equity: Lessons from the Field” describes […]

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


November 18th, 2013

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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Communication about Health Care with Low-Income Californians: Results from a New Survey


November 1st, 2013

Low-income patients are often the most difficult to reach, given access issues, language barriers, and lack of resources. But despite the challenges, these patients are willing and eager to engage more with their providers and avail themselves of new health care delivery models and technologies to do so, according to new research released October 23. […]

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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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Reconsidering Primary Care: A View from a Foundation President


January 30th, 2013

The author is the president and CEO of the Blue Shield of California Foundation, a statewide funder located in San Francisco. Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act , there has been a persistent, urgent call to produce more primary care physicians. With many provisions of the health reform law to be implemented less […]

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New in the Journal: Foundation Funding to Educate, Train, and Expand the Health Professions Workforce


January 18th, 2013

My GrantWatch column in the recently released January 2013 issue of Health Affairs focuses on the workforce and foundations’ efforts to strengthen it. The column provides a snapshot of what foundations around the United States are funding. A variety of funders are interested in health professions workforce topics. In my small sampling, it appears that […]

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Serving Pregnant Women: An Upstream Approach to Preventing Cavities


January 16th, 2013

A foundation in Seattle that focuses on oral health has been working to go where their partners in health have long focused: on addressing the health of children before they are born. The mission of the Washington Dental Service Foundation is to prevent dental disease and improve overall health for residents of the state of […]

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