State lessons on health system reform

There is a new issue brief available from the Commonwealth Fund:  State Innovation Models: Early Experiences and Challenges of an Initiative to Advance Broad Health System Reform. Since July 2012, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has awarded 25 states nearly $300 million to help them plan, design, and test new ways to improve … Continue reading State lessons on health system reform

New from AHRQ: Policies to reduce healthcare disparities

The new issue of the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ)'s Heath Care Innovations Exchange focuses on policies to reduce health care disparities. The featured Innovations describe three programs that implemented policies to help reduce health care disparities and ensure that vulnerable populations receive equitable health care. The programs include one that subsidized the costs of electronic … Continue reading New from AHRQ: Policies to reduce healthcare disparities

Quandl: A new tool for datasets

Quandl is a new way to find & use data on the internet.   Quandl has indexed millions of time-series datasets--all open & free-- from over 400 sources. Download a Quandl dataset in any format that you want. Visualize, save, share, authenticate, validate, upload, index, merge, & and transform data. Here's an example of data on infanct mortality in Haiti, from … Continue reading Quandl: A new tool for datasets

How Low-Income Americans Experience Health Care: Ranking the States

From the Commonwealth Fund: The first-ever health system performance scorecard focusing on low-income Americans has one overriding message: where you live matters. The new Commonwealth Fund report Health Care in the Two Americas, along with the accompanying interactive map,provides the first state-by-state comparison of the health care experiences of the 39 percent of Americans earning less than … Continue reading How Low-Income Americans Experience Health Care: Ranking the States

Healthcare in two Americas

From the Commonwealth Fund Blog: Economists at Harvard University recently reported that geography is a particularly powerful predictor of economic mobility in the United States. For those of us who work in health care, this should not be surprising: we already have abundant evidence that where you live matters a lot when it comes to health and … Continue reading Healthcare in two Americas

Clinical-community relationships as a pathway to improve health – Webinar from AHRQ

From the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ): AHRQ is sponsoring a webinar on how clinical-community relationships can enhance health care delivery. It will provide an overview of recent efforts on these relationships and the need for measures to evaluate their effectiveness. The webinar will be led by Janice L. Genevro, Ph.D., of AHRQ’s Center … Continue reading Clinical-community relationships as a pathway to improve health – Webinar from AHRQ

Understanding the impact of health insurance on health

From the Commonwealth Fund Blog: A recent study reported that people who gained insurance coverage through Oregon’s Medicaid program experienced better access to care, increased detection of depression and diabetes, and reduced out-of-pocket costs. Yet blood pressure control, cholesterol levels, and blood sugar levels did not significantly improve. While some have said these findings suggest … Continue reading Understanding the impact of health insurance on health

Data sources for 2012 National National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports released

From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ): The National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR) is a comprehensive national overview of quality of health care in the United States. It is organized around four dimensions of quality of care: effectiveness, patient safety, timeliness, and patient centeredness. The National Healthcare Disparities Report (NHDR) examines disparities in … Continue reading Data sources for 2012 National National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports released

HealthyChildren.org en Español has launched!

Hispanics are the largest minority in the United States, so it is critical to address the health needs and issues that impact Spanish-speaking parents. That’s why the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has developed a Spanish-language resource to serve Hispanic families with reliable children’s health and safety information. HealthyChildren.org en Español (www.healthychildren.org/Espanol) aims to improve child health … Continue reading HealthyChildren.org en Español has launched!

Millions still lack affordable coverage, but young adult gains bode brighter future

From the Commonwealth Fund: Eighty-four million people―nearly half of all working-age U.S. adults―went without health insurance for a time last year or were underinsured because of high out-of-pocket costs relative to income, according to a new study based on findings from theCommonwealth Fund's 2012 Biennial Health Insurance Survey. At the same time, the report finds … Continue reading Millions still lack affordable coverage, but young adult gains bode brighter future