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Health Beat Blog Maggie Mahar, Healthcare Fellow at The Century Foundation and author of the path-breaking book, "Money-Driven Medicine: The Real Reason Health Care Costs So Much," writes one of the most up-to-the-minute and authoritative blogs on healthcare reform, Health Beat Blog.
Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care The Dartmouth Atlas Project research featured in Money-Driven Medicine has documented glaring variations in the cost and quality of hospital outcomes throughout the United States, radically changing our understanding of the efficiency and effectiveness of our healthcare system. This website provides access to all Atlas reports and publications, as well as interactive tools allowing visitors to view specific regions and perform their own comparisons and analyses.
Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Dr. Donald Berwick, featured in Money-Driven Medicine, is President of the Institute for Health Care Improvement, a world leader helping healthcare systems put patient-centered care into practice. Their rich web site includes reports, videos of Dr. Berwick and others, and health care improvement reports and initiatives.
Institute of Medicine's Health Care Quality Initiative The IOM's "Crossing the Quality Chasm" initiative calls for deep structural reforms to stem the staggering human and financial costs of the overuse, misuse and under-use of healthcare services. Its website provides access to reports, recommendations, links and healthcare quality facts and indicators.
Why Not The Best? Why Not The Best? is a healthcare quality improvement resource. See how well U.S. hospitals perform on measures of evidence-based care, patient experience, readmission and mortality rates, and costs. Compare a hospital's performance with nearby institutions and national benchmarks. Find case studies and tools to help improve the quality of care.
Medical Education Futures Study The mission of MEFS is to highlight the social mission of medical education during the current period of medical school expansion and major health care reform. The website serves as a vehicle of information and data dissemination for the community of students, educators, practitioners, researchers, policy analysts, policy makers and press.
Overtreated, by Shannon Brownlee This recent book by Shannon Brownlee explores the surprising and deeply counter-intuitive fact that each year, our medical system delivers an enormous amount of care that does nothing to improve our health or lengthen our lives. Between 20 and 30 cents on every health care dollar we spend goes towards useless treatments and hospitalizations, towards CT scans we don’t need, towards ineffective surgeries—towards care that not only does nothing to improve our health, but that we wouldn’t want if we understood how dangerous it can be.
Media Matters An excellent, real-time evaluation of health care coverage across all media outlets (print, broadcast, cable, radio and internet.) Visit Media Matters regularly.
Firedoglake Firedoglake blog maintains a list of Congressional members who have gone on record as not supporting a health care bill unless it contains a strong public option.
Contacting Senators By E-mail All questions and comments regarding public policy issues, legislation, or requests for personal assistance should be directed to the Senators from your State. Some Senators have e-mail addresses while others post comment forms on their web sites. When sending e-mail to your Senator, please include your return postal mailing address.
Write Your Representative This service will assist you by identifying your Congressperson in the U.S. House of Representatives and providing contact information. Please review the frequently asked questions if you have problems using this service.
Medicine and Social Justice Medicine and Social Justice looks at issues related to medicine and social justice including health, workforce, health systems and some national and global priorities.
Trust for America's Health Trust for America's Health (TFAH) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to saving lives by protecting the health of every community and working to make disease prevention a national priority.
Herndon Alliance The Herndon Alliance is a nationwide non-partisan coalition of more than 200 minority, faith, labor, advocacy, business, and healthcare provider organizations.
The Herndon Alliance is expanding the base of people supporting affordable healthcare for all, and increasing the breadth and depth of voices working and speaking out for the provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010.
Community Catalyst Community Catalyst’s first priority is quality affordable health care for all. Since 1997, they have provided leadership and support to state and local consumer organizations, policymakers, and foundations working to change the health care system so it serves everyone – especially vulnerable members of society.
Community Catalyst is a national non-profit advocacy organization working to build the consumer and community leadership that is required to transform the American health system. They believe that this transformation will happen when consumers are fully engaged and have an organized voice.
Physicians for a National Health Program Physicians for a National Health Program is a non-profit research and education organization of 18,000 physicians, medical students and health professionals who support single-payer national health insurance.
Single Payer Action Single Payer Action is a project of the Daily Citizen. It seeks to implement a single payer health insurance system in the United Sates.
GuaranteedHealthcare.org GuaranteedHealthcare.org is a project of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee, and patients and community groups around the country. CNA/NNOC is a leading national advocate for universal healthcare reform, through a single-payer style system based on an improved and expanded Medicare for all. .
The Commonwealth Fund 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.
The Fund carries out this mandate by supporting independent research on health care issues and making grants to improve health care practice and policy. An international program in health policy is designed to stimulate innovative policies and practices in the United States and other industrialized countries.