Activities in each of the 16 Aligning Forces for Quality communities are guided by a multistakeholder alliance of consumers, providers, and payers. An article in Health Affairs describes how the Aligning Forces for Quality investments have evolved since the initiative’s launch in 2006 and offers some early lessons learned.
As health care costs continue to affect employers’ bottom lines, growing evidence that payment reform strategies can help control costs is spurring employer purchasers to switch how they pay for care. A set of briefs from AcademyHealth explain different strategies, share results and lessons learned from employers pioneering these projects, and offer tips for employers.
In this set of papers, American Enterprise Institute scholars consider various market-based approaches to reforming the fee-for-service Medicare program—the “800-pound gorilla of American health care.”
A report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation shows that hospitals and their community allies made little progress from 2008 to 2010 at reducing hospital readmissions for elderly patients. The report also chronicles a series of in-depth interviews with patients and providers that shed light on why patients end up back in the hospital and what hospitals, doctors, nurses, and others are doing to limit avoidable readmissions.
While the need to address racial and ethnic disparities in care is well known, few strategies for reducing disparities have been studied systematically. A supplement to the Journal of General Internal Medicine, organized by researchers at Finding Answers, offers organizations a new "roadmap" for reducing disparities.
Health e-Technologies supported research to evaluate the effectiveness of technological applications in improving health behaviors and chronic disease management and in enhancing patient-provider interactions.
The University of Massachusetts Medical School created a videotaped soap-opera-style drama for use in interventions designed to increase physical activity and improve diets among low-literate and illiterate Hispanic individuals.
The independent Task Force on Community Preventive Services formed by the federal CDC began to develop and publish the Guide to Community Preventive Services, a set of recommendations for disease prevention and control based on scientific evidence.
The Worksite Wellness Project developed and implemented a model for improving the health of uninsured, low-wage workers in Los Angeles by increasing their awareness of basic health care and linking them to existing providers.