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Organizations and Resources
Academy for Healthcare Improvement
Aims to foster an inter-professional community that advances quality improvement in health care through scholarly and educational activities.
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
AHRQ is the health services research arm of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), complementing the biomedical research mission of its sister agency, the National Institutes of Health.
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
CMS provides health coverage for 100 million people through Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children's Health Insurance Program.
The Commonwealth Fund is a private foundation that aims to promote a high performing health care system that achieves better access, improved quality, and greater efficiency, particularly for society's most vulnerable, including low-income people, the uninsured, minority Americans, young children, and elderly adults.
Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)
An independent not-for-profit organization.
Kaiser Family Foundation
Kaiser is a non-profit, private operating foundation focusing on the major health care issues facing the U.S., as well as the U.S. role in global health policy.
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the United States government’s principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves.
Commonwealth Fund Video Series, #1
Health Reform and You: Strengthening Primary Care
In this video, part of a new health reform series, Melinda Abrams, vice president for the Patient-Centered Coordinated Care Program, explains how primary care doctors' visits are changing.
Commonwealth Fund Video Series, #2
Health Reform and You: Improving Care for Vulnerable Populations
In this video, Pamela Riley, M.D., senior program officer for The Commonwealth Fund's vulnerable populations program, outlines the need to improve care for vulnerable groups, which include low-income people, people without insurance, and people in racial and ethnic minority groups.
Commonwealth Fund Video Series, #3
Health Reform and You: Paying for Care That Leads to Healthier Patients.
In this video, the third in a series about health reform, Commonwealth Fund president Karen Davis discusses how changing the way we pay for and deliver health care will improve the U.S. health system.