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Care Team Redesign: Transforming Medical Assistant Roles in Primary Care


March 11th, 2015

The health care industry is in a period of dramatic change. The uninsured rate is rapidly dropping; physicians are joining group practices in record numbers; medical cost inflation has slowed; and now substantial payment reform may be right around the corner. Pressure is mounting on clinics to enhance quality of care through improved operations. Payment […]

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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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GrantWatch Blog Most-Read List for 2014: Post on the Importance of Zip Code in Determining One’s Health Leads the Way


January 9th, 2015

Happy New Year! We have compiled a list of the ten most-read posts on GrantWatch Blog during 2014, in case you missed any of them. “Zip Code Overrides DNA Code When It Comes to a Healthy Community” (January 30, 2014). This post by Anne Warhover, former president and CEO of the Colorado Health Foundation, was […]

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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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Global Health, Health Reform, Mental Health, and More: Foundation Blogs Round-Up


December 23rd, 2014

For your holiday reading, here is a potpourri of foundation blog posts that caught my eye. Global Health “A Major Milestone in the Fight Against Malaria,” by Alan Magill of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on its Impatient Optimists blog, December 10. The World Health Organization recently announced significant reductions since 2000 in the […]

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Improving the Accuracy of Wikipedia’s Medical Information


December 9th, 2014

Editor’s Note: On December 11, because of an editing error, a sentence in the ninth paragraph of this post was corrected to make clear that the $176,670 grant to Consumers Union was awarded by the New York State Health Foundation, not the ABIM Foundation. Every day, at every hour, billions of people go online for […]

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Game Changers: Philanthropy’s Role in Eliminating Mental Health Disparities


November 17th, 2014

“We believe funders are game changers; we have a significant opportunity to change the health care landscape,” said Rick Ybarra, program officer for the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, located in Austin, Texas. Ybarra, together with Octavio Martinez, executive director of the Hogg Foundation, and Enrique Mata, senior program officer for Paso del Norte Health […]

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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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