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New in the Journal: Public Opinion Polling on Health: What Two Foundations Learned

September 23rd, 2014

The September 2014 issue of Health Affairs contains a peer-reviewed GrantWatch article about the Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP), which is sponsored by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and Interact for Health (formerly the Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati). In “For Two Regional Health Foundations, Returns from the Kentucky Health Issues Poll Are Worth […]

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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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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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Online ACA Marketplaces: the Value of Consumer Experience Assessments

June 17th, 2014

The first open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) ended with larger than anticipated enrollment in qualified private health plans and Medicaid. The strong showing occurred despite early and, in many cases, persistent problems with the stability, load capacity, and performance of online state-based Marketplaces and, the federal website used by states […]

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How Foundations Are Helping Veterans and Military Service Members and Their Families: Some Examples

June 6th, 2014

If you have been following recent news reports, you’ve heard about the allegations that veterans have not been getting the health care that they need. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki, not wanting to be a distraction, resigned on May 30, according to a statement by President Obama. Sloan D. Gibson is now acting secretary. […]

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Adding Their Voices: What Older Adults Are Saying about Team Care and the Medical Home

April 14th, 2014

Foundations, government, and the health care sector are making large investments to reengineer and revitalize primary care, hoping this will improve the cost and quality of health care overall. Primary care practices that use expanded teams to deliver well-coordinated care designed around the needs of patients and families—widely known as patient-centered medical homes—have become the […]

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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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Now That Open Enrollment Is Over, What Can Foundations Do?

April 1st, 2014

March 31 marked the official end of the first open-enrollment period for health insurance marketplaces under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). At national and state levels, there will be judgments about the successes and failures, and hopefully, some reaping of lessons learned for the next go-round, which starts in November. Many organizations such as mine, […]

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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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What Do Consumers Need to Know about Health Reform’s Changes?

August 29th, 2013

This was the title of a Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation webinar (first in a series) held on August 28. I decided I could surely learn something new about the Affordable Care Act and also could refresh my knowledge by listening to the webinar—after all, it was aimed at journalists! Following are a few tidbits […]

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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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Statewide Newspaper to Investigate Human and Financial Costs of Alcohol Abuse

July 31st, 2013

Foundations and others have come together to cofund a project up in the Last Frontier state. “A large portion of foundation, public and nonprofit assets [in Alaska] are dedicated to alleviating suffering caused by alcohol abuse,” according to a July 17 press release. This realization led to a new project from a statewide collaboration of […]

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Bruce Chernof on Denial about Aging and Our Impending Long-Term Care Crisis

July 2nd, 2013

The author is president and CEO of The SCAN Foundation, located in Long Beach, California. This post originally appeared on GrantWatch Blog’s sister blog, Health Affairs Blog, on June 12. It is no secret that Americans are aging, but what is too often lost in this fact is that most people will need help as […]

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Poll: Many Adults in One State Think Voters Should Decide Whether Marijuana for Medical Use Is Legalized

May 4th, 2013

Editor’s note: Additional coauthors of this blog post are Jennifer Chubinski, director of community research, and Ann Barnum, senior program officer, substance use disorders, at The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati. In the United States, eighteen states and Washington, D.C., have passed laws to legalize marijuana for medical purposes. Six states have defeated legislation to […]

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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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Foundation Leaders Honored on Lists of Modern Healthcare and Forbes magazines

September 17th, 2012

I thought I would start off the week with some people news. I am a bit behind on my reading, but I wanted to let you know about four foundation leaders who were recently named to these lists. Modern Healthcare 2012 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare list Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, president and CEO of the […]

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Connecting for Better Health: A Minnesota Foundation, Using Innovative Grant Making, Aims To Foster Social Connections

June 6th, 2012

Read about a new Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation initiative to encourage healthier communities through social connections. Strong, positive relationships with friends and neighbors have both direct and indirect influences on health. Social connections and feelings of support, trust, and shared values are powerful predictors of health behaviors. Research has shown that […]

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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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Long-Term Care: What Some Foundations Are Funding

August 29th, 2011

I have compiled here some recently released content on long-term care. A poll funded by the SCAN Foundation was released just this month. New Poll Results Two-thirds (66 percent) of Californians age forty and older who were surveyed said they are worried about affording long-term care for themselves or a family member, according to a […]

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