Category Archive: The Commonwealth Fund

Dealing with Serious Illness Is Hard. A New Partnership Explores Why the Health System Makes It Even Harder.

I was a practicing primary care physician for more than 35 years. In that time, I learned that to be sick is always hard, frightening, and overwhelming. But being sick in America can be doubly so.
       

New Survey of the Sickest Finds U.S. Health Care Exacerbating Struggles of Americans with Serious Illnesses; With Many Facing Financial Ruin

Americans who become seriously ill don’t just struggle with their disease. Often, they feel confused and helpless (62%), face the risk of financial ruin (53%), and experience serious problems with their care (61%). Those are among the key findings of a…

A New “Public Charge” Rule Affecting Immigrants Has Major Implications for Medicaid

Last week the Trump administration published its long-anticipated proposed “public charge” rule, which carries enormous implications for Medicaid and immigrants enrolled in the program. A public charge is an individual considered dependent on the gover…

Fragmented Care Is a Risk Factor for Chronically Ill Patients

Chronically ill patients who receive highly fragmented care — from multiple providers, with few visits per provider — are more likely to visit emergency departments or be admitted to hospitals than chronically ill patients with less fragmented care, ac…

Improving Health and Health Care in Rural America

In a To the Point post celebrating the Commonwealth Fund’s centennial, Mary Wakefield, professor at Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies, reflects on the Fund’s historic efforts to support health care provision in rural areas, a…

Examining Provider Networks and Access in Medicaid Managed Care

George Washington University’s Sara Rosenbaum and colleagues look at how federal regulations for Medicaid managed care plans are affecting state standards for travel times to physician offices, provider-patient ratios, cultural competency, and more.
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CVS Health and Aetna $69 Billion Merger Is Approved with Conditions

The Justice Department’s approval of the $69 billion merger between CVS Health and Aetna on Wednesday caps a wave of consolidation among giant health care players that could leave American consumers with less control over their medical care and prescri…

Examining the Long-Term Needs of Younger Americans with Disabilities

Commonwealth Fund–supported researchers at the Long-Term Quality Alliance examined what we know and don’t know about working-age disabled Americans’ needs for long-term support. They share their findings in a new report.
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Price of Obamacare Insurance Plans Takes Surprise Drop

Average rates for popular health plans sold under the Affordable Care Act will fall 1.5 percent next year, according to the Trump administration, the first such drop and a sign that the insurance markets are gaining firmer traction despite tumult in th…

Trump Set to Force Drugmakers to Post Prices in Ads

The Trump administration will require drug companies to post their list prices in consumer ads under a proposal to be announced next week — a prominent part of its drug price agenda, according to four individuals with knowledge of the plan.  But expert…

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