Project ECHO: The Evidence Is Catching Up With The Enthusiasm

While it’s true that the spread of ECHO has outpaced the publication of the research exploring it, it is critical here to clarify what ECHO is -- and what it isn’t.

January 13, 2017

The Best-Laid Plans For Health Care

Tremendous uncertainty awaits, though I expect that we will see a slowing down of the repeal and replace process, with even the individual mandate persisting for some time; unmaking the Affordable Care Act without leaving millions stranded will be harder than the campaign may have suggested.

January 5, 2017

Five Most-Read GrantWatch Posts Of 2016 On Health Affairs Blog

See which posts from our section on health philanthropy made the list! Number one was a post on integrating medical and social services.

December 29, 2016

The Demise of the Part B Demo: Doom For Value-Based Payment?

Despite widespread, bipartisan agreement that we should be paying for value, even with respect to drugs, the uproar over Part B shows there remains strong resistance to specific policies that attempt to move towards that goal.

December 27, 2016

Education, Health, And Behavioral Health: New Policy Priorities For Their Integration Emerge For 2017

Health reform proposals offered during 2017 should include incentives for health care systems to work collaboratively with schools and child care and early education (ECE) to improve child health outcomes. And mental health promotion should be considered a part of how success is defined in...

December 23, 2016

How to Build Sustainable Community Health Programs in the United States

Despite evidence of their efficacy, the proliferation of community health worker programs in the U.S. over the last decade has failed to achieve sustainability. A recently assembled task force developed a framework to address this.

December 20, 2016

Facing Addiction In America: It’s About Time

The comprehensive approach of the recently released Surgeon General's Report on Drugs, Alcohol, and Health is encouraging, says a foundation staffer. The public still struggles, though, to fully comprehend substance use as a health issue, she notes.

December 16, 2016

Lessons From The Field: How Local Innovators Are Reshaping How Doctors Are Trained

The model of graduate medical education (GME) in the United States is held in high esteem both here and around the world, but it needs to adapt to an environment of constrained resources coupled with expanding societal health needs.

December 15, 2016

Building A System That Works: The Future Of Health Care

As the Obama Administration comes to a close, this piece lays out my vision for the future of health care. I share the steps we have taken to change how we pay for health care, incentivize coordination, and unlock health care data.

December 12, 2016

Accelerating Health System Transformation By Disrupting The Status Quo

To solve the problems with America's health system, we have to start by being honest with ourselves: we know that the system is failing us, and we know why, says a foundation leader. These times call for truly catalytic philanthropy—investments that accelerate change, not foster business as usual.

December 8, 2016