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Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Publications - July 16, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

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What is the current status of ACA innovation waivers for each state?         (Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Publications)
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Publications - July 9, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

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Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Publications - July 4, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

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Consumer rebates under the ACA’s “medical loss ratio” rule increased in 2017, as insurers raised rates and regained profitability. Because the ACA’s caps on health plans’ profits and overheads are based on a three-year rolling average, they also help insurers recoup recent losses.         (Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Publications)
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Publications - July 4, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Mark A. Hall, Michael J. McCue Source Type: research

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Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Publications - July 3, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

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In February, Health Minister Agnès Buzyn introduced the “Ma Santé 2022” (My Health 2022) bill to reshape French health care. The legislation aims to increase the supply of doctors by removing the cap on the number of medical schools; improve access to care and simplify health care transitions by creating 500 local hospitals and 1,000 primary care centers; and promote use of e-health and digital technology by developing a “digital health space” for each patient.         (Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Publications)
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Publications - June 30, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

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cThe Swiss Federal Office of Public Health and Swisstransplant, a national foundation for organ donation and transplantation, launched a new public campaign in February to motivate Swiss residents to discuss and sign up to donate their organs. The three-year, CHF 1.17 million (USD 1.2 million) campaign is supported by a website featuring video clips and other informational materials. Switzerland aims to increase the number of organ donors from an average of 18.6 per million in 2018 to 22 per million by 2021.         (Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Publications)
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Publications - June 29, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

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National spending on high-cost drugs in the Netherlands increased 9 percent between 2016 and 2017, according to the Dutch National Care Authority. The spike was because of the introduction of a wider variety of high-cost drugs on the market, as well as growth in the number of patients who use these drugs. The rise in spending occurred despite Minister of Health Care Bruno Bruins’ often repeated intentions to limit the power of the pharmaceutical industry and to reduce barriers to pharmaceutical compounding, whereby pharmacists can create their own versions of expensive drugs in a laboratory setting.   &nbs...
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Publications - June 29, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

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In Cuba, the neighborhood is not only the center of public life, it is the center of the health care system as well. Primary care is delivered at a consultorio, a community-based clinic staffed by doctors, nurses, and even statisticians. When Commonwealth Fund staff traveled to Cuba recently to learn about its primary care system, they discovered that the secret sauce missing from primary care in the United States might just be the role of community. On this episode of The Dose, we talk about how cultural differences play out in the way Cuba and the U.S. approach the delivery of health care. As a bonus, you’ll also...
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Publications - June 28, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Shanoor Seervai Source Type: research

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Publications of Note, April–June 2019, Transforming Care.         (Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Publications)
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Publications - June 28, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

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John Torous, M.D., M.B.I., is director of the Division of Digital Psychiatry at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, where he investigates the risks and benefits of behavioral health technologies. Transforming Care spoke to him about his research and views on the potential and pitfalls of new technology.         (Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Publications)
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Publications - June 28, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Martha Hostetter, Sarah Klein Source Type: research

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Editorial Advisory Board, Transforming Care, June 2019.         (Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Publications)
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Publications - June 28, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

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We describe how these digital tools are being deployed to retain patients in treatment, customize services to their needs, track outcomes, and provide feedback to physical health care providers.         (Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Publications)
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Publications - June 28, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Martha Hostetter, Sarah Klein Source Type: research

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The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s latest report on potentially preventable hospitalizations revealed that vaccine-preventable conditions such as measles, mumps, and rubella accounted for 8 percent of these admissions.         (Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Publications)
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Publications - June 27, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

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To help fulfill its goal of halving maternity-related deaths by 2025, the NHS Long Term Plan aims to expand nationwide the Surrey Heartlands Pregnancy Advice Line, which provides new and expectant mothers guidance on labor, breastfeeding, and other pregnancy-related health problems. The 24-hour advice line, staffed by midwives, averages 126 calls per day and has already helped some 20,000 women in the past year. The NHS also plans to provide continuous care to expectant women, enhance mental health services, provide specialist smoking cessation support, and offer mothers access to maternal health records through their smar...
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Publications - June 27, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

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Four in five Swiss residents — and significantly more women than men — die in hospitals and residential homes, according to a new report that summarizes findings from 33 research projects conducted for the National Research Program on “End of Life,” launched in February. The report, which provides a comprehensive overview of current evidence on how people in Switzerland die, also reflects on how society can enable people to die with dignity, as well as how countries can better meet needs for palliative care.         (Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Publications)
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Publications - June 27, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

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Sixty-eight percent of 800 New Zealand doctors and nurses surveyed by the Choosing Wisely campaign in 2018 consider the provision of unnecessary tests, procedures, or treatments a serious issue for health care in the country, up from 62 percent in 2016. Moreover, twice as many clinicians were familiar with the campaign compared to two years ago — 80 percent versus 41 percent. Choosing Wisely encourages patients to ask their providers such questions as “Do I really need this test?” or “Are there simpler, safer options?”.         (Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Publications)
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Publications - June 27, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

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As of January this year, patients in Finland have been able to pick up their electronically issued drug prescriptions at an Estonian pharmacy, thanks to the new European Commission–funded eHealth Digital Service Infrastructure, which allows national eHealth services to exchange electronic prescriptions and patient summaries across country borders. By 2021, 22 E.U. member states will be able to exchange prescriptions and other health data through this service.         (Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Publications)
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Publications - June 27, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

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In February, the European Union instated new safety rules for prescription drugs in an attempt to reduce the spread of counterfeit medicines. The rules require drug manufacturers to affix a barcode and an antitampering device on medicine containers. In addition, all hospitals and pharmacies, including online dispensaries, will be required to verify the authenticity of medicines before dispensing them to patients.         (Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Publications)
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Publications - June 27, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

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Aiming to connect stakeholders from across politics, nongovernmental organizations, the scientific community, and the health care industry to advance the United Nations sustainable development goals, German Minister of Health Jens Spahn announced the formation of a new network with seed funding of EUR 1.5 million (USD 1.71 million) over three years. High-priority areas will include fighting tropical diseases, cancer, and antimicrobial resistance and providing universal health care coverage. The network also aims to provide countries with support for digitalization of health care.        ...
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Publications - June 27, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

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The Canadian Partnership Against Cancer and the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement announced plans to provide up to CAD 5.5 million (USD 4.17 million) to train more than 5,000 paramedics in delivering palliative care. Six of Canada’s 10 provinces and three territories will receive funds over the next four years for the program, which is expected to reduce unnecessary hospital visits.         (Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Publications)
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Publications - June 27, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

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For their 50th birthday, all Australians receive a free test kit for bowel cancer from the government, but only four in 10 complete and mail back the test. A new AUD 10 million (USD 6.96 million) advertising blitz is designed to increase this rate to six in 10. If the advertising boost works as predicted, the estimated number of lives saved from the screening program between 2015 and 2040 will rise from 59,000 to 83,000.         (Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Publications)
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Publications - June 27, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

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Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Publications - June 27, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

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The World Health Organization’s (WHO) first-ever report on the health of refugees and migrants in Europe shows increasing vulnerability to both communicable and noncommunicable diseases such as diabetes, depression, and anxiety once individuals enter their host country. Refugees and migrants also present with cancer at more advanced stages. Although European countries are implementing a strategy and action plan for refugee and migrant health, the report called for greater progress in making health systems responsive to displaced populations, including by ensuring culturally and linguistically appropriate care as well...
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Publications - June 26, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

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According to a working paper from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), France, Germany, and the Netherlands are among the many European countries that have experienced a slowdown in life expectancy gains since 2011. In the United States and the United Kingdom, some mortality gains have even reversed, in part because of increasing death from accidental drug poisonings. The OECD also reported that diseases of old age, including dementia and respiratory illnesses like pneumonia and influenza, are major contributors to the slowdown.         (Source: The Commonwe...
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Publications - June 26, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

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Seeking to establish a dynamic platform for the innovative use of health data, the French Ministry of Health and Social Security announced in October 2018 the creation of the Health Data Hub — a one-stop shop for secure access to health data needed for projects in the public interest. In January, the initiative, which aims to make France a leader in the use of health data, issued its first call for projects with the potential to make a significant impact in the areas of research, patient information and follow-up, support for providers, and overall health system improvement. Selected projects will obtain a full year&...
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Publications - June 26, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

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Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Publications - June 26, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

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In January, England’s National Health Service (NHS) released its new Long Term Plan, aiming to save nearly half a million more lives over the next five years. The GBP 20.5 billion (USD 26.11 billion) initiative features a historic commitment to community-based care, with a guarantee that investments in primary, community, and mental health care will grow faster than the overall budget for NHS England. It also seeks to expand use of digital health services, genetic screening, and artificial intelligence. Critics call the proposal unrealistic, given workforce shortages.         (Sour...
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Publications - June 26, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

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In his annual hospital speech in January, Norwegian Minister of Health and Care Services Bent Høie announced new wait-time targets for adult and youth mental health services and substance use disorder treatment, among other improvement priorities for 2019. The Norwegian Directorate of Health also has been commissioned to revise provider reimbursement to better incentivize use of telehealth and other digital technologies in medical consultations. Meanwhile, the health ministry is embarking on work to reduce the volume of surgical procedures with limited clinical benefit.         (S...
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Publications - June 26, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

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Bruno Bruins, the Dutch health minister, announced in February the allocation of EUR 10 million (USD 11.4 million) annually toward evaluating medical interventions in an effort to reduce low-value care. A new national collaboration of medical specialists, patients, nurses, hospitals, health plans, and the government will guide medical societies in identifying “grey areas,” or knowledge gaps, and addressing those gaps through systematic studies. Recommendations based on these studies will be integrated into national care guidelines and shared decision-making tools.         (So...
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Publications - June 26, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

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An estimated 30 million Europeans are affected by rare illnesses such as cystic fibrosis or Huntington’s disease. On February 28, Rare Disease Day, the E.U. launched a new a web-based knowledge-sharing registration platform to give researchers, policymakers, and patients expanded access to data to support better diagnosis and treatment. Around 600 individual rare disease registries exist in Europe, each managed by individual hospitals, research institutions, pharmaceutical companies, or patient advocacy groups. The new platform aims to promote the interoperability of data across these registries.    &...
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Publications - June 26, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

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More than a quarter of people enrolled with AOK, one of Germany’s largest statutory insurers, are offered health services that aren’t covered because of their unproven clinical value, according to a study conducted by the insurer’s research arm. These so-called “individual health services” include potentially unnecessary screenings and alternative therapies such as ultrasounds, acupuncture, or leech therapies. Specialists tend to provide the services more readily than general practitioners do, and they are more often offered to higher-earning patients. Patients pay out of pocket anywhere from ...
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Publications - June 26, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

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Commonwealth Fund–supported researchers examined how insurance coverage and employment changed in the early aftermath of Arkansas’s Medicaid work requirements, reporting that in the first six months, the requirements resulted in a loss of health care coverage and failed to increase employment rates.         (Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Publications)
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Publications - June 20, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Benjamin D. Sommers, Anna L. Goldman, Robert J. Blendon, E. John Orav, Arnold M. Epstein Source Type: research

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More than 165,000 digital health apps are currently available, but here is no comprehensive set of digital tools to help the frail elderly or individuals with multiple chronic conditions manage their complex health needs. A digital health advisor product could help them manage their health better and live fuller lives.         (Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Publications)
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Publications - June 19, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Onil Bhattacharyya, M.D., Kathryn Mossman, Lovisa Gustafsson, Eric C. Schneider, M.D. Source Type: research

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Most Americans are indignant about high prescription drug prices. But for women living in poverty, life-saving medicines are often completely out of reach. Many poor women skip getting needed care because of the high cost, putting themselves and their families at risk. On the latest episode of The Dose, host Shanoor Seervai sits down with two women who have found innovative ways to tackle this problem. Jessica Grossman, who works for the nonprofit pharmaceutical company Medicines360, sells medicines at a lower price so that all women can get the treatment they need. Reforming the complex U.S. patent system, one of t...
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Publications - June 15, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Shanoor Seervai Source Type: research

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Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Publications - June 13, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: David C. Radley, Sara R. Collins, Susan L. Hayes Source Type: research

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The information in health plans’ provider directories is often inaccurate. A 2018 report from CMS found that 52% of physician listings in MA provider directories contained at least one inaccuracy. A Commonwealth Fund–supported study compared the accuracy of four sources of provider information from five U.S. counties.         (Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Publications)
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Publications - June 12, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Michael S. Adelberg, Austin B. Frakt, Daniel E. Polsky, Michelle Kitchman Strollo Source Type: research

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What is the current status of ACA innovation waivers for each state?         (Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Publications)
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Publications - June 7, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

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Writing in the Annals of Internal Medicine, Commonwealth Fund–supported researchers from Johns Hopkins University reported findings from their study of whether community-dwelling older adults’ access to adequate support for daily activities affected annual Medicare spending.         (Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Publications)
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Publications - June 7, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Jennifer L. Wolff, Lauren Hersch Nicholas, Amber Willink, John Mulcahy, Karen Davis, Judith Kasper Source Type: research

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Physician home visits can improve health outcomes and lower spending for people with complex needs. In a Health Affairs study, Dartmouth researchers report on how many accountable care organizations are employing home visits as a strategy to improve care management, identify patients’ needs, and reduce hospital use.         (Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Publications)
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Publications - June 4, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Taressa K. Fraze, Laura B. Beidler, Adam Briggs, Carrie H. Colla Source Type: research

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Several bills introduced in Congress over the past year seek to make health care more accessible to all Americans while also tamping down growing health care costs. In particular, “Medicare for All” proposals have garnered a lot of recent attention. How would these proposals change the way Americans get health care? On this episode of The Dose, Shanoor Seervai sits down with the Commonwealth Fund’s Sara Collins to break down the different options policymakers are weighing as they try to reform our health care system.         (Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Publications)
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Publications - May 31, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Shanoor Seervai Source Type: research

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Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Publications - May 31, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

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This brief reports on the amount workers under age 65 and their dependents spent on premium contributions for coverage and on out-of-pocket (OOP) costs for health care, and also reports on the percentage of people in each state who faced premium contributions or OOP costs that were high relative to income in 2016–2017.         (Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Publications)
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Publications - May 23, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Susan L. Hayes, Sara R. Collins, David C. Radley Source Type: research

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Truck drivers spend most of their day sitting, which puts them at a high risk of obesity, heart disease, and high blood pressure, among other health problems. But a visionary doctor who cares for union truck drivers in Tulsa, Oklahoma, came up with a plan to integrate exercise into their daily routine. When they stop to check the tires, for example, they can walk around the truck six times instead of just once. On this episode of The Dose, Shanoor Seervai interviews Mark Blum of America’s Agenda, an alliance of labor unions, employers, health care providers, and government leaders, about how innovative unions are c...
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Publications - May 17, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Shanoor Seervai Source Type: research

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State Medicaid programs have played a key role by making naloxone affordable for low-income people struggling with opioid use disorder. This role has grown since 2014 as 36 states and the District of Columbia have expanded eligibility for Medicaid to cover low-income, childless adults.         (Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Publications)
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Publications - May 17, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Richard G. Frank, Carrie Fry Source Type: research

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It is estimated that up to 30% of all health care offers no clinical value to patients.         (Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Publications)
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Publications - May 16, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

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Reducing unnecessary proton pump inhibitors (PPI) use for heartburn is featured on a number of national specialty society lists for the Smarter Medicine Switzerland campaign.         (Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Publications)
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Publications - May 16, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Karen Born Source Type: research