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Canada - The CMA launches new grant program to further expand communities of interest focused on today's health care issues This hyperlink will open in a new window.
The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) has announced a new grant program designed to create or expand communities of interest within the medical profession. The program will offer four grants of up to $5,000 and one grant of up to $10,000 to CMA members to address issues affecting patients, the health system, or the medical profession.

USA - Value Frameworks: Value in Health Special Issue This hyperlink will open in a new window.
The new issue of Value in Health includes seven papers that comprise the ISPOR Special Task Force Report on US Value Assessment Frameworks. The papers provide an introduction to value frameworks and then define elements of value, discuss opportunity costs and thresholds, present a review of existing frameworks, and outline a set of best practice recommendations.

UK - New initiatives to support staff retention This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Guy’s and St Thomas, a large National Health Service (NHS) hospital in London with over 15,900 staff and two million patients per year, has developed a novel staff retention strategy that involves career coaching, flexible working schedules, and loans for accommodation costs. Initial staff turnover metrics are revealing positive results.

UK - National bodies agree on shared view of quality for general practice This hyperlink will open in a new window.
The 11 organizations responsible for the regulation and oversight of general practice in England have published a joint view of the principles that define quality in general practice. This national strategy will form the basis for defining quality measures and best practice.

Upcoming Events

Canada - Inspiring a Future of Better Health
The Canadian Medical Association is holding its inaugural Health Summit in Winnipeg, on August 20 and 21, 2018, to spark a national conversation about disruptive innovation in health care. It will explore how innovation can support culturally diverse, inclusive and accessible care, and how technology can enable patient-centred care and better serve vulnerable populations.

Belgium - Smart investments? Let’s talk prevention. Innovative financing and investments for health promotion
Addressing health inequalities and their underlying causes and providing universal health coverage present challenges for health systems in Europe. Organized by EuroHealthNet, this seminar, taking place June 5 in Brussels, will address strategic investments for health promotion and disease prevention, looking at how can the shift to prevention and promotion can be financed and what actions within and outside the health system could support system change. Registration is free of charge.

Reports and Issue Portfolios

Canada – The healthcare contribution from creation to abolition This hyperlink will open in a new window.
La contribution santé, de sa création à son abolition : quels constats en tirer? In 2010, the Quebec government introduced a mandatory health contribution to fill funding gaps for health care. The abolition of this contribution was announced several times before finally materializing in the 2017 budget. This article by Luc Godbout and Maryse Tétraut at the Canada Research Chair in Taxation and Public Finance of the University of Sherbrooke, identifies the main events related to the introduction, implementation and then the abolition of the healthcare contribution.

Canada - Association between quality domains and health care spending across physician networks This hyperlink will open in a new window.
This Ontario study investigates relationships between healthcare quality and spending, measuring 65 quality indicators in six care domains across physician networks. The study evaluated associations between domains and spending, and measured indicators using administrative databases. Large variations were seen in timely hospital-to-community transitions and potentially avoidable hospitalizations. Investment in effective primary care services may reduce the burden on the acute care sector and associated expenditures.

Canada - Connected Health Information in Canada: A Benefits Evaluation Study This hyperlink will open in a new window.
With investment in electronic health records, clinicians are beginning to have better access to patient information across the healthcare system. This Infoway study reveals the financial and time-saving benefits for patients, providers, the health system and the economy. Connected health information currently contributes $1 billion worth of health system value that can be captured and reallocated every year.

Canada - Healthcare Costs in Canada: Stopping Bad News Getting Worse This hyperlink will open in a new window.
This CD Howe Institute briefing raises concerns about the long-term fiscal sustainability of Canada’s healthcare system, noting that government health budgets have grown faster than Canada’s economy. It is based on large healthcare spending increases tracked by the 2017 National Health Expenditure (NHEX) report of the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI). Addressing this tendency to overshoot budget targets will require reforms to encourage cost-conscious behaviour.

Europe - Understanding the Drivers of Organisational Capacity This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Conducted by the RAND Corporation, this study aims to improve the ability of organizations to measure capacity and harness organizational culture to optimize performance. Based on interviews and a literature review, the study analyzes the dimensions of organizational capacity, explores how organizational culture and communication interact with capacity building, and paves the way for future development of a diagnostic tool for organizational capacity assessment.

Europe - Health system performance assessment in the WHO European Region: which domains and indicators have been used by Member States for its measurement? This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Health systems performance assessment (HSPA) varies across Europe. This WHO review summarizes 14 HSPA domains and 1,485 indicators used in European HSPA reports. All countries had indicators of service delivery and health outcomes. Other domains, such as safety, efficiency, coverage or responsiveness, were included in only 30% of the documents. The review concludes that further refinement of frameworks is warranted.

Europe - Leapfrogging health systems responses to noncommunicable diseases This hyperlink will open in a new window.
This special edition of EuroHealth features two articles on ways to buttress and speed up European health system response to non-communicable diseases (NCDs). One article proposes policy responses to NCDs, while the other concentrates on interventions involving rapid adoption of innovation. Both articles explore areas that play an important role in tackling chronic conditions: public health, primary care, the health workforce, and information technology.

UK - The Promise of Healthtech This hyperlink will open in a new window.
This report examines how digital innovators are transforming the National Health Service (NHS) via the development and adoption of cloud computing, 3-D printing and genomics. The authors surveyed hundreds of private health technology start-up companies to determine key barriers to new technology acquisition by the NHS. Slow procurement policies, undefined safety standards, limited digital skills, poor interoperability and lack of clarity about evidence were all factors.

UK - Driving improvement: Case studies from seven mental health NHS trusts This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Published by England’s Care Quality Commission (CQC), this article provides seven case study examples of improving mental health services and care by National Health Service (NHS) organizations. Based on interviews with administrative and medical professional leaders, the article focuses on reporting, leadership, governance, organizational culture, staff engagement and patient-centred care. It includes information and evidence on CQC quality improvement rating criteria.