National Partnership for Women & Families

Research Library: Campaign for Better Care

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Coalition for Better Care (CBC) Comments on Next Generation ACO Model

The Coalition for Better Care (CBC) appreciates the opportunity to comment on the Next Generation Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Model Request for Applications (RFA).

CBC MSSP ACO Comments and Supporting Documents

The Campaign for Better Care (CBC) (led by the National Partnership for Women & Families) appreciates the opportunity to comment on the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) proposed rule.

How Accountable Care Impacts the Way Consumers Receive Care

In Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), physicians, hospitals and other health care providers work together to improve the quality and coordination of health care services for a population of patients.

NPWF Summary of Physician Fee Schedule

NPWF Summary of Physician Fee Schedule


National Partnership background webinar on the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act



Partnering with Patients and Families: A Guide to Getting Started for Hospitals

Partnering with patients and families is a key strategy for achieving your hospital’s goals, including improving patient experience of care and reducing avoidable hospital readmissions and hospital-acquired infections.

PFCC in Daily Practice

Today more than ever, there is greater recognition within health care organizations that patient- and family-centered care (PFCC) is an effective strategy for achieving the Triple Aim.

Measuring Impact of Patient- and Family-Centered Care

Taking a patient- and family-centered approach to care has consistently been shown to improve the quality, safety and experience of care.

Health Care Acronyms

This document contains frequently-used health care acronyms.

Creating a Consumer Advisory Council

The inclusion of patients and consumer leaders in health care quality improvement initiatives can help ensure that projects meet their goals.

Consumer Engagement in a Multi-Stakeholder Group

It is critically important to include consumer perspectives in multi-stakeholder health care quality improvement initiatives.

Consumers Respond to Senate White Paper

National Partnership’s Consumer Partnership for eHealth and Campaign for Better Care respond to a Senate white paper on the Meaningful Use Incentive Program. Citing the program’s accomplishments and benefits for patients, families and caregivers, consumers call for Meaningful Use to continue moving forward.

Accelerating Health Information Exchange and Interoperability

We know that patients and families want their providers to talk to each other and share health information. As EHRs and other forms of health IT become more commonplace, it is equally important that these systems are able to communicate with each other — otherwise known as interoperability. This comment letter offers consumer input on the question of how best to advance interoperability and health information exchange in the health care system.

Health IT Patient Safety Action & Surveillance Plan for Public Comment

Dear Dr. Mostashari: Thank you for your leadership in developing the Health IT Patient Safety Action & Surveillance Plan, which makes several important recommendations to promote the use of health IT to make care safer, as well as continuously improve the safety of health IT itself. We firmly believe that electronic health records and other forms of health IT must be safe, and agree that this issue is most effectively viewed in the broader context of patient safety, as recommended by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in its 2011 report Health IT and Patient Safety: Building Safer Systems for Better Care.

Consumer Partnership for eHealth & Campaign for Better Care Comments on Stage 2 Meaningful Use EHR Proposed Rule

We greatly appreciate this opportunity to comment on the Stage 2 Meaningful Use proposed rule. From the consumer perspective, health IT can be a critical enabler of safer, more effective and more reliable care, as well as greater consumer engagement in health – and, ultimately, more positive patient experiences and better health outcomes. The proposed rule specifying criteria for Stage 2 of the EHR Incentive Program makes significant advancements in the potential impact of the EHR Incentive program on individual and population-level health and health outcomes.

Response to RFI on ACOs

The undersigned members of the Campaign for Better Care appreciate the opportunity to comment on the CMS Request for Information pertaining to the Accountable Care Organizations, published in the Federal Register, vol. 75, no. 221, pages 70165 to 70166.

Guidelines for States on Maternity Care In the Essential Health Benefits Package

Section 2707(a) of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires that all new health insurance plans in the individual and small group markets, including qualified health plans sold through health insurance exchanges, provide at least the Essential Health Benefits (EHB) package. Section 1302(b) of the ACA identifies a core set of ten categories to be included in the EHB, one of which is maternity and newborn care.

CBC Media Brief

On Monday, June 6, the Campaign for Better Care (CBC) filed comments with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on the proposed rule for the Medicare Shared Savings Program.

Meaningful Use Workgroup Request for Comments Regarding Meaningful Use Stage 2

The undersigned consumer organizations are members of the Consumer Partnership for e-Health (CPeH) and the Campaign for Better Care (CBC). The CPeH is a coalition of consumer, patient, and labor organizations working on both the national and local levels that, since 2005, has advocated for patient-centered policies related to health IT.

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