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Health Policy, Health Reform, and Performance Improvement

Congressional Proposals Could Provide Coverage to All Americans

January 9, 2009 - This Commonwealth Fund analysis of the leading health insurance bills of the 110th Congress finds several of these proposals could substantially reduce the number of uninsured Americans, and would either reduce health care spending or add only modestly to annual health care expenditures.

The Swiss and Dutch Health Insurance Systems: Models for the U.S.?

January 16, 2009 - This new Commonwealth Fund report provides an overview of the Swiss and Dutch insurance systems, which combine universal coverage with private insurance and regulated market competition.

Larger Medical Practices Most Ready to Become Patient-Centered Medical Homes

January 14, 2009 - A Commonwealth Fund-supported survey of physicians at primary care practices in Massachusetts found that larger, network-affiliated practices are more likely than smaller, non-affiliated practices to meet standards for a patient-centered medical home.

Patient Registry Reduces Racial Disparities in Breast Cancer Care

January 14, 2009 - A Commonwealth Fund–supported study found a patient tracking and feedback registry used by a group of New York City hospitals for treating breast cancer patients improved outcomes and eliminated racial disparities in treatment.

Citizenship Documentation Rules: A Barrier to Children's Coverage

January 12, 2009 - A new Commonwealth Fund report examines the impact recent citizenship documentation rules have had on the stability of health insurance coverage for low-income children covered by state public programs. It finds that getting and keeping coverage has become more difficult for many families.

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DC Policy Updates

Washington Health Policy Week in Review

Small increase in health spending leads to slowing of U.S. health spending; Obama and Daschle will not purse expedited procedures to pass health care overall.

Commission on a High Performance Health System

The Time Has Come for Comprehensive Health Reform

In a new statement, The Commonwealth Fund Commission on a High Performance Health System says the moment has come for the United States to take the necessary steps to ensure the health security of all Americans and put the nation's health care system on a path to high performance.

Newsletter Spotlight

Quality Matters: Standardizing Hospice and Palliative Care

A look at the growing field of hospice and palliative care; an overview of the state of palliative care for children; and more.

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From the President

The Commonwealth Fund at 90

The 90th anniversary of The Commonwealth Fund serves as an occasion to reflect on the foundation's remarkable history and its role in supporting research and innovative practices that have driven improvements in the U.S. health care system for nearly a century.

Featured Podcast

The Green House: A New Model of Care
Residents, families, and staff say that Green Houses, a radically different style of nursing home created by geriatrician Bill Thomas, M.D., make warm, wonderful homes for elders. In this episode, Emily Schifrin visits two new Green Houses, in San Angelo, Texas, for elders with Alzheimer's disease.

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