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AIMING HIGHER: Results from a State Scorecard on Health System Performance


Friday, June 15, 2007

Speakers

Ed Howard, Alliance for Health Reform, Moderator
Peter Budetti, University of Oklahoma, Speaker
Christopher Koller, Rhode Island Health Department of Health, Speaker
Cathy Schoen, The Commonwealth Fund, Speaker
Mary Wakefield, University of North Dakota, Speaker

Transcript, Event Summary and/or Webcast and Podcast

Transcript: Results from a State Scorecard on Health System Performance (Adobe Acrobat PDF), 6/15/2007
Full Webcast/Podcast: Aiming Higher: Results From a State Scorecard on Health System Performance

The transcript, full webcast and podcast for this briefing are provided by Kaiser Family Foundation.

Speaker Presentations

Aiming Higher: A State Scorecard on Health System Performance (PowerPoint), 6/15/2007
Oklahoma Health and Health Systems (PowerPoint), 6/15/2007
Building State-Based High Performing Systems of Care (PowerPoint), 6/15/2007
Aiming Higher: Results from a State Scorecard on Health System Performance (PowerPoint), 6/15/2007

(If you want to download one or more slides from these presentations, contact us at info@allhealth or click here for instructions.)

Source Materials

Data Brief: The AHRQ's National Healthcare Quality Report 2006 (Adobe Acrobat PDF), The Commonwealth Fund Commission on a High Performance Health System, 3/1/2007
America's Health Rankings 2006 (Adobe Acrobat PDF), United Health Foundation, 6/15/2007
2006 National Healthcare Quality Report (Adobe Acrobat PDF), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 6/15/2007
Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention: Addressing the Nation's Leading Killers 2007 (Adobe Acrobat PDF), Center for Disease Control, 6/15/2007
Framework for a High Performance Health System in the United States (Adobe Acrobat PDF), The Commonwealth Fund Commission on a High Performance Health System, 8/1/2006
The Care of Patients with Severe Chronic Illness: An Online Report on the Medicare Program (Adobe Acrobat PDF), Dartmouth Atlas Project, 6/15/2007
Advancing Quality Improvement Research: Challenges and Opportunities--Workshop Summary (Adobe Acrobat PDF), National Academy of Sciences, 6/15/2007
In the Driver's Seat (Adobe Acrobat PDF), American Executive, 6/15/2007
Washington's Healthiest State Campaign (Adobe Acrobat PDF), Washington Health Foundation/United Health Foundation, 6/15/2007
Regional Quality Improvement Initiative (Adobe Acrobat PDF), Center for Health Care Strategies, Inc., 4/1/2007

Photos

Peter Budetti of the Uinversity of Oklahoma College of Public Health -- speaker at the June 15th briefing cosponsored by The Commonwealth Fund.

Christopher Koller of Rhode Island's Health Insurance Commission -- speaker at the June 15th briefing cosponsored by The Commonwealth Fund.

Cathy Schoen, senior vice president at The Commonwealth Fund -- speaker at the June 15th briefing cosponsored by The Commonwealth Fund.

Mary Wakefield of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences at the University of North Dakota -- speaker at the June 15th briefing cosponsored by The Commonwealth Fund.

 


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