Foundation Reactions To The 2016 Presidential Election: Round-Up

Following the US presidential election on November 8, what are foundation staffers saying? Colleagues from one national funder, for example, said they hope that the election results "will not alter the nation's commitment to improving insurance coverage and health care."

November 22, 2016

What Bipartisan Opportunities Will The Next Congress And President Have To Improve Health Policy?

We examine the current political divides and opportunities for action in health policy in the coming years.

October 11, 2016

A Unified Medicare Payment System For Post-Acute Care Is Feasible

Congress requested that the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) recommend features of a unified payment system and consider the effects of moving to such a system. Our work found that a unified payment system is possible and would reduce current distortions.

September 28, 2016

Embracing The Role Of Family Caregivers In The U.S. Health System

As individuals age, their need for both medical and nonmedical services and supports increases. In a recent report, we review current policies addressing the needs of family caregivers, evaluate emerging evidence on the effectiveness of these policies, and suggest some potential new policy...

September 8, 2016

Three Steps Congress Can Take To Accelerate Medicare’s Delivery Transformation

Underlying Medicare law was built for a purely fee-for-service system. As alternative payment models evolve and grow, they are encountering significant statutory barriers to their success — barriers that only Congress can bring down.

August 2, 2016

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.

July 22, 2016

The 2016 Medicare Trustees Report: Is Medicare Doomed?

Medicare has been successful in assuring the health and economic security of the nation’s elderly and disabled. As it enters its second 50 years, the program faces considerable challenges and better strategies are needed to serve the growing number of beneficiaries.

July 12, 2016

Integrating Medical And Social Services: A Pressing Priority For Health Systems And Payers

Dramatic changes in health care have propelled integration of medical and social services to the forefront of health policy and care delivery transformation discussions, according to two Commonwealth Fund staffers.

July 5, 2016

Integrating Health Care And Housing To Promote Healthy Aging

By 2030, 74 million Americans will be 65 years of age or more. Ensuring a safe, age-friendly home and utilizing the home as a potential site of care for seniors should be seen as important policy objectives to support care management.

May 23, 2016

State Options To Control Health Care Costs And Improve Quality

While the ACA contains several tools designed to control health care costs, the current political environment makes it unlikely that reforms will be achieved at the federal level in the near future. States, however, are well-positioned to take the lead on implementing cost control and quality...

April 28, 2016