Australia - New Medicare payment model for chronically-ill patients This hyperlink will open in a new window.
As part of Medicare reforms, Australia’s government will adopt recommendations from its clinician-led Primary Health Care Advisory Group (PCHAG) that Australians with multiple chronic conditions be covered by a new bundled primary healthcare payment system. This will include the introduction of upfront payments for GPs who become “Health Care Homes” that provide care coordination.

Switzerland - National strategy for NCD prevention This hyperlink will open in a new window.
The Swiss federal and canton governments have approved a national strategy for the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). The strategy aims to prevent or delay the onset of NCDs such as cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes, and builds on existing efforts. Concrete measures will follow by the end of 2016.

UK - Top industry influencers reveal what healthcare excellence means to them This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Interviewing public healthcare administrators and charity and industry executives, the Picker Institute Europe recently asked prominent UK health sector leaders what care excellence means to them. Healthcare quality, patient-centred decision-making, increased community care and better funding top the responses from the nine interviewees.

International - A new OECD series to understand your country's health care system This hyperlink will open in a new window.
The OECD will begin publishing a new series to provide two-page summaries on healthcare systems in different countries. Each country snapshot will focus on pertinent health and care issues, will feature fresh data and key statistics, and include brief policy recommendations.

International - WHO calls for global action on diabetes This hyperlink will open in a new window.
The WHO released its first Global report on diabetes on April 7, 2016. It states that the number of adults living with diabetes worldwide has almost quadrupled since 1980, to 422 million, with prevalence rates in some European countries of up to 14%. The new report calls upon governments to ensure that people are able to make healthy choices and that health systems are able to diagnose, treat and care for people with diabetes. It encourages us all as individuals to eat healthily, be physically active, and avoid excessive weight gain.

Upcoming Events

Canada - Public Health 2016
The annual conference of the Public Health Agency of Canada will be held in Toronto, from June 13 to 16, 2016. It will present an innovative program that includes experts from the public health community, but also thought-provoking speakers from other fields who will inspire new ways of thinking.

USA - 2016 Quality Summit
The American Health Quality Association is holding this conference in Baltimore, from June 1 to 3, 2016. The main theme is "Defining the Future of Health Quality...Now." The call for submissions is now open for presentations on the following themes: leadership and partnership with other groups; value-driven healthcare, patient and family engagement, care coordination, and reducing medical harm. The deadline for abstract submissions is May 6, 2016.

Reports and Issue Portfolios

Australia - Putting the consumer first: Creating a consumer-centred health system for a 21st Century Australia This hyperlink will open in a new window.
A report by Australian consumer groups says the country’s healthcare system needs to be more transparent and accessible in order to put consumers at the centre of decision-making. In the report, a roundtable of 35 health experts calls for a range of changes, including the development of a national strategy setting out the principles of consumer-centred health care. 

Belgium - Organisation and Payment of Emergency Care Services in Belgium: Current Situation and Options for Reform This hyperlink will open in a new window.
The report explores the strengths, limitations and future challenges and recommends strategies for a more efficient organisation and payment system of emergency departments while access towards high-quality services is maintained.

Canada - Funding Canadian Health Care in 2035: Strategic Foresight Scenarios This hyperlink will open in a new window.
In October 2015, the Conference Board invited a broad range of Canadian health care stakeholders to participate in a full-day workshop entitled “How will health care in Canada be funded in 2035?” The goal was to develop a number of plausible scenarios outlining how the funding of health care could evolve. This report presents four very different, plausible worlds that Canadians could face in the future when it comes to healthcare funding and the implications that need to be considered.

Canada - A $4.9 Billion Decrease in Health Care Expenditure: The Ten-Year Impact of Improving Smoking, Alcohol, Diet and Physical Activity in Ontario This hyperlink will open in a new window.
This report describes the proportion of Ontario adults at risk for four health behaviours: smoking, unhealthy alcohol consumption, poor diet and physical inactivity. It then estimates the impact of these behaviours and socioeconomic position on total healthcare costs, and, separately, costs for hospital care, community care and prescription drugs.

Canada - Impacts of Québec primary healthcare reforms on patients' experience of care, unmet needs, and use of services This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Québec’s healthcare reforms in the early 2000s involved primary care reorganization. Based on surveys conducted in two regions of the province in 2005 and 2010, this study examines how the new organization impacted patients’ care experience, use of services, and unmet needs. Results showed slight improvements in care accessibility but no impact on continuity, care outcomes, service use and unmet needs.

China - Different Models of Hospital–Community Health Centre Collaboration in Selected Cities in China: A Cross-Sectional Comparative Study This hyperlink will open in a new window.
In recent years, collaborations between public hospitals and community health centres have been piloted in China’s smaller urban centres. This study assessed the characteristics of three models in three different cities. Results showed that the Direct Management Model in Wuhan exhibited the best structural indicators.

Denmark - Interorganisational Integration: Healthcare Professionals’ Perspectives on Barriers and Facilitators within the Danish Healthcare System This hyperlink will open in a new window.
This study used seven focus groups to explore barriers and facilitators in inter-organizational healthcare integration as perceived by healthcare professionals caring for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease within the Danish healthcare system. The barriers and facilitators they identified relate to clinical, professional, functional and normative integration.

UK - Catalyst or distraction? The evolution of devolution in the English NHS This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Devolution, the transfer of power from higher to lower levels of government, is a key policy of the current UK government, especially with regards to the funding, administration and structure of the National Health Service (NHS) in England. This report considers the potential outcomes of healthcare devolution and how policy could best evolve.

International - An Aging World: 2015 This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Prepared by the US Census Bureau, this report covers the demographic, health and economic aspects of global population aging. Investigating the dynamics of global population aging, the report discusses health, mortality, and health care, along with work, pensions, and other economic factors affecting older people. The report examines aging trends in 182 countries, with an emphasis on differences among world regions.