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As noted in the Institute of Medicine’s seminal report Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century, “health care today harms too frequently and routinely fails to deliver its potential benefits.” For over a decade, foundations have been showcasing to the field that improving health care quality is both needed and possible. GIH recognizes that this work is now an integral part of the health reform law and that bridging the “quality chasm” will require change at all levels of our health care system.

Contact Ann McMillan for more information about our programming in this area.



Issue Spotlight

Spotlight
December 2017


This new publication highlights Commonwealth Fund–supported focus groups and individual interviews that describe barriers to health care. This is the first in a “Listening to Low-Income Patients” series that will draw on this qualitative research to describe, in patients’ own words, different issues that impact their health such as quality of health care, community, and mental health and addiction. In this piece, we share low-income patients’ accounts of common challenges faced when trying to obtain care — the high cost of care, finding a convenient time to go to the doctor, poor experiences with care, and a lack of trust in the health care system — as well as patients’ recommended practical solutions.



Spotlight
November 2017

Despite being the nation's largest health insurer, Medicaid remains largely overlooked by investors and entrepreneurs, who typically focus on developing solutions for private and commercial customers.With this in mind, the California HealthCare Foundation Health Innovation Fund has launched a collection of resources to help entrepreneurs and investors better understand the untapped opportunity that exists within the Medicaid market. Although the federal rules and funding for Medicaid may change, the larger trends driving its payers and providers to innovate will persist. This new set of resources aims to bridge the gap between safety-net stakeholders, who best know the needs of the Medicaid market, and innovators, who can offer scalable solutions.


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