Commonwealth Fund

10,000 lakes and one less nursing home: Spotlight on a facility closure

10,000 lakes and one less nursing home: Spotlight on a facility closure

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Minnesota appears to be on the ball when it comes to long-term care. It regularly rates at or near the top when states are ranked on LTC services. Yet, Minnesota also is on the leading edge of a more troublesome long-term care trend, and it's something we all should be paying attention to.

SNF discharges tied to income

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The rate at which nursing home residents are hospitalized is linked to how well a state provides healthcare for low-income people, according to a report from The Commonwealth Fund. Minnesota was the top performer for its low percent of hospitalizations within a 30-day period, at 7%.

Analysts: Small-business employee insurance down but reform should help

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Fewer small-business employees, especially those earning low wages, were offered health insurance in 2010, or could afford it, an analysis finds.

Affordable Care Act will reduce Medicare Advantage overpayments by $132 billion, Commonwealth Fund report finds

Affordable Care Act will reduce Medicare Advantage overpayments by $132 billion, Commonwealth Fund report finds

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Affordable Care Act reforms to Medicare Advantage (MA) will save the federal government $132 billion over 10 years, a new analysis has found.

Measuring performance, coordinating care both crucial to lowering costs among the chronically ill, report says

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The federal government should take advantage of Affordable Care Act funds to improve the coordination and quality of care for the chronically ill, a new report recommends.

New report shows states struggling to provide affordable high-quality long-term care

New report shows states struggling to provide affordable high-quality long-term care

Even states that are doing well with offering reasonably priced, high-quality long-term care support services could do better, according to a new report released by three aging advocacy groups.

Healthcare reform helps those near retirement, the unemployed

Individuals aged 50-64—especially people in that age group experiencing long-term unemployment—stand to benefit the most from the healthcare reform law, according to a new study.

Nursing homes show improvement despite bleak overall healthcare picture, states' scorecards reveal

Nursing homes show improvement despite bleak overall healthcare picture, states' scorecards reveal

Improvements in some measures of nursing home and hospital quality were among the few bright spots in a new state-by-state analysis from the Commonwealth Fund that shows healthcare systems nationwide are under a great deal of stress.