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The Power Of Four: Accelerating Interprofessional Collaboration In Nursing

Four foundations are funding an effort to help sixteen schools of nursing to create innovative, robust, and sustainable interprofessional education programs. The intended outcome is more effective patient care in community-based settings.

Why ‘Government Patent Use’ To Lower Drug Costs Won’t Stifle Innovation

Recent commentaries express concern about the impact of our proposal that the federal government consider using an existing law to negotiate or compel lower drug prices. We believe that the impact on innovation in fact would be minimal, and the results for society highly positive.

On The Foundation Freeway: Entering And Exiting Priority Areas With Caution

When a burning desire to make a real impact is combined with the realities of the large state of New York and the relatively modest size of the New York State Health Foundation, the only viable path for that funder is to focus its efforts. Read about its new funding priorities.

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July 27, 2016 | Elsewhere@ Health Affairs

Fixing The ‘Family Glitch’ Will Boost Economic Security For Low-Income Families And Increase Marketplace Stability

Research published in the July issue of Health Affairs concludes that fixing the family glitch reduces family health spending but increases government costs. Reading beyond the headlines, however, we see other benefits---namely greater economic security for low-income families and increased...

CMS Releases Draft QRS And QHP Enrollee Experience Call Letter

CMS has released a draft 2016 call letter proposing refinements to the Quality Rating System (QRS) and Qualified Health Plan (QHP) Enrollee Experience Survey. CMS also released its Transparency in Coverage QHP Issuer Instruction Guide for Plan Year 2017 and transparency template.

What’s In A Word? The Evolution Of Effectiveness In Health Care

We all want medical treatment to be effective, and understanding what that word means to different stakeholders is critical to having a productive dialogue. Here is a brief history of the concept of effectiveness, a few insights about its many meanings, and the debates we can expect to have...

The Payment Reform Landscape: A Road Map For States To Bring Their Transparency 'A' Game

A body of literature suggests consumers will make informed choices in health care, much as they do in other areas, when presented with the right information. The public availability of real cost and quality information can affect the market, promoting competition that can lower costs and...

July 26, 2016 | Costs and Spending, Payment Policy

Patients With Severe Schizophrenia Aren’t Getting The Help They Need

Multiple studies have shown that clozapine is clearly superior to other treatment strategies for Treatment Resistant Schizophrenia (TRS). Yet, in most settings only 10 percent of patients with TRS are receiving the medication -- and the percentage is often far lower than that.

People Post: Staff And Board Changes At Foundations; Job Opening: Foundation President

Read about staff changes at foundations from Maine to California. Interested in being a foundation president? There's an opening.