The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has released its National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report, which details the state of healthcare quality and disparities in the United States. The report identifies improvements in HIV and colon cancer care, nursing home care, and medication prescribing to older adults. The report also indicates that more work needs to be done to address disparities in important areas. Among the findings, dental and oral health care services have not substantially improved, particularly for people with low income or who live in rural areas.
Recommendations include: a national data infrastructure that operates independent of practice setting; aligned multipayer incentives that support needed infrastructure investments; longitudinal patient-reported outcome measures captured both in-clinic and through mobile technologies; a series of robust regional demonstration projects to broaden stakeholder understanding and technical capability; and a governance mechanism that assures both simplification and alignment of methods.
In this chart collection, authors from the Peterson-Kaiser Family Foundation Health System Tracker explore trends in how costs affect access to care in the U.S. based on the National Health Interview Survey data through 2020. Health spending per person in the U.S. averaged almost $12,000 in 2020, nearly double the average in other large high-income countries.
Medication errors are among the most common preventable medical errors. This Issue Focus article discusses a variety of strategies to reduce medication errors, from relabeling similarly named medications to purchasing and implementing new technologies in institutional settings, and how foundations can facilitate the adoption of these and other strategies.
Learn about development of Maine’s innovative Dirigo Health Plan, an ambitious, comprehensive health care reform initiative. Dirigo Health will offer a health insurance product to individuals, the self-employed, and small businesses; expand eligibility in Maine’s Medicaid program; and improve quality and contain costs.
Reducing medical errors and heightening patient safety are critical to health care quality improvement. This Issue Focus looks at specific error and patient safety issues and how grantmakers, researchers, hospitals, and health systems are working together to address them.
This GIH Issue Focus on collaboration draws from President & CEO Lauren LeRoy’s remarks at GIH’s 2012 Meeting, Collaborating for Change: Exploring Health Partnerships That Work.
This Views from the Field spotlights the Pittsburgh Regional Healthcare Initiative, a regional health care quality and patient safety improvement program. With initial funding from the Jewish Healthcare Foundation and support from a wide variety of community stakeholders, this initiative has evolved into a nationally recognized model for improving health care quality.
Despite the most sophisticated medical care in the world, each year more Americans die at the hands of our health care system than from some of life’s deadliest diseases. This Issue Focus presents information on what medical errors are, how they occur, and what strategies grantmakers can adopt to prevent them.
As our population ages, and the need for long-term care services grows, issues surrounding the quality of care, as well as the quality of life, will become increasingly important. Based on a recent GIH Issue Dialogue, this Issue Focus explores ways in which grantmakers can partner with policymakers, health care professionals, advocacy groups, and patients and their families to improve the quality of long-term care.