The American Health Care Paradox

In this book authors Elizabeth H. Bradley and Lauren A. Taylor seek to answer why the United States spends more on health care but suffers poorer outcomes than other industrialized nations. View the Resource Bradley, Elizabeth and Taylor, Lauren A. The American Health Care Paradox: Why Spending More Is Getting Us Less. New York: PublicAffairs, […]

Type: Publications

Topic: Financing & Investment, Strategy

The ACO Surprise

In the resource, the authors provide an analysis of Accountable Care Organizations and the promise of this model in reaching the triple aim. View the resource. Weil R, Gandhi N. The ACO surprise. Oliver Wyman; 2012. Available at

Type: Publications

Topic: Financing & Investment, Strategy

The ‘Alternative Quality Contract,’ based on a global budget, lowered medical spending and improved quality

This article details the progress of eleven provider organizations in MA who entered Blue Cross Blue Shield Alternative Quality Contract. Researchers analyzed changes in spending and quality associated with the Alternative Quality Contract and found that the rate of increase in spending slowed compared to control groups, more so in the second year than in the […]

Type: Media Coverage, Publications

Topic: Financing & Investment, Strategy

Sweden’s healthcare system shows what localism can achieve

In this blog post, E. Bidgood highlights the Swedish healthcare system, specifically the localized finance system for health funding. View the article. Bidgood E. Sweden’s healthcare system shows what localism can achieve.  The Guardian. Available from:

Type: Media Coverage

Topic: Global, Strategy

Sweden Health System in Review

This resource reviews the Swedish health care system and offers learnings for how health care systems can provide quality care that is cost-effective. View the resource.  Anell A, Glenngård AH, Merkur S.  Sweden Health System in Review.  Health Systems in Transition. 2012:14(5). Available from:

Topic: Financing & Investment, Global, Stewardship

Stumbling Towards Sustainability

In this article, Sterman offers a dynamic systems perspective to raise questions about the processes of change required, at multiple levels such as organizational, economical, and ecological. View the Resource. Sterman J. Stumbling towards Sustainability: Why organizational learning and radical innovation are necessary to build a more sustainable world—but not sufficient. In: R. Henderson, M. […]

Type: Publications

Topic: Global, Non-health Sectors, Strategy

Stewardship of Health Systems: Review of the Literature

In this article N. Boffin provides a literature review on the capacity building strategies of the stewardship function in health systems. View the Resource. Boffin N. Stewardship of health systems: Review of the literature.  October 2002.  Available from:

Type: Publications

Topic: Stewardship

Social Economy Policy Forecast 2013

The social economy consists of the broad array of mechanisms or tools for the deployment of private resources for the public good. We identify policy issues related to the structure and operations of the social economy, with a particular eye to the issues facing charitable nonprofits and philanthropic foundations. View the report. Bernholz L, Reich […]

Type: Publications

Topic: Financing & Investment, Non-health Sectors, Strategy

Return on Investment and Community Health Improvement: An Examination of the Role of Hospitals

The paper describes the concept of return on investment and its traditional application. It is also introduced to the hospital context with particular attention to its influence on investments in community health improvement. The paper then examines the complexities of applying return on investment (ROI) analysis in health care and the broader population health arena, provides […]

Type: Publications

Topic: Financing & Investment

Reinventing Citizenship as Public Work

Recently, calls for citizenship education have increased in response to widespread lack of civic and political knowledge and the degradation of public culture. Approaches to educating citizens come chiefly in two forms: improving civics education and increasing service and volunteerism. In this study for the Kettering Foundation, Harry Boyte examines how these two approaches fail […]

Type: Publications

Topic: Non-health Sectors, Stewardship, Strategy