The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world, with almost two million people imprisoned in a variety of facilities, including state and federal prisons, local jails, and juvenile correctional facilities, according to the Prison Policy Initiative.1 Many experts have pointed to mass incarceration as a public health crisis because its effects extend beyond the walls of the prison itself, most notably to families and communities.2
To inform critical decision-making, healthcare organizations analyze data and review the latest findings in applied research. In particular, they need to stay current on the implementation and outcomes of health and social services, policy, and program options for promoting equitable access, quality, and outcomes. Organizations may struggle with the scientific approach and impartiality needed to … Read more
One in five United States adults experiences mental illness,1 and 17% of youth experience a mental health disorder.2 Over 32% of adults with mental illness also experience a substance use disorder.1 In Massachusetts, almost 32% of adults reported symptoms of anxiety and depression, and of those individuals, up to 55% of those did not receive … Read more
Data is critical to healthcare organizations in improving key patient outcomes and containing costs, but many organizations are overwhelmed with the sheer amount of data they have. They may not have the necessary resources to manage the data and extract key information and analysis that can develop solutions to issues they are experiencing. When organizations offering care to vulnerable patients like the elderly can harvest the maximum value from their data, they can deliver higher quality and more accessible care through evidence-based decision-making.
The FQHC network was dissatisfied with the results provided by a survey vendor, both in terms of response rates and the presentation of results. The network contracted with Commonwealth Medicine to administer its annual patient experience surveys starting in 2018.
Research shows a connection between oral health and overall wellness. To improve access to oral healthcare, more than 78 percent of Massachusetts Community Health Centers (CHCs) offer direct dental services at approximately 58 state-wide locations. Adequate staffing and expertise are critical to providing care. However, little is known about the recruitment and retention of the vitally important dental workforce. Commonwealth Medicine designed and implemented a survey in 2018 to understand the motivators and barriers that influence the recruitment and retention of the dental workforce at CHCs.
Case Study: Preserving critical public health services: Creating reimbursement strategies with private and public health plans
Our pioneering vaccine reimbursement program simplified the process for two states. Learn more about our program, which the CDC cited it as one of six “Billing Success Stories.”