Australia - Performance indicators show improvements in Indigenous primary health care service delivery This hyperlink will open in a new window.
A new report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) shows improvements against a range of national key performance indicators for primary health care organizations providing care to Aboriginal Australians. The report shows improvements in 17 of 19 process measures for maternal and child health, preventive health, and chronic disease management.

Australia - Private Health Insurance Consultations This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Australia’s government is undertaking consultations to identify how private health insurance can deliver better value for consumers in the country’s mixed public-private healthcare system. The consultations will consider ways to increase the efficiency and enhance the value of private health insurance to consumers and improve the sustainability of the sector.

Canada - New framework for primary health care reform in Newfoundland Labrador This hyperlink will open in a new window.
The provincial government of Newfoundland and Labrador has released a new framework for primary healthcare reform in the province. The framework outlines short and long-term enhancements to the way primary healthcare services such as family practice, pharmacy, social support, nursing occupational therapy and counselling will be delivered.

France - Action plan to increase the appeal of medical practice in public hospitals - Marisol Touraine makes 12 commitments to encourage health professionals to work in public hospitals This hyperlink will open in a new window.
On November 2, 2015, the French ministre des Affaires sociales, de la Santé et des Droits des femmes presented measures that will be introduced in 2016 to improve the ability to recruit doctors to work in public hospitals. They focus on three main objectives: promoting hospital-based medical careers, increasing the loyalty of hospital-based professionals, and improving working conditions.

UK - New support to export UK healthcare management expertise This hyperlink will open in a new window.
The export of British healthcare management expertise is gaining a boost from the recent establishment of the UK International Healthcare Management Association (UKIHMA), a new professional society that helps members win healthcare management contracts overseas. UKIHMA currently provides market intelligence, practical support and advice to over 30 UK health sector organizations.

Upcoming Events

Canada - 12th Annual Summit on Mobile Healthcare
Patient portals provide an easier way to implement patient-centred care, along with apps and wearable devices. This conference is designed to help keep professionals and decision-makers up to date with current trends. It takes place in Toronto, on January 26 and 27, 2016.

Italy - Innovation in hospitals and healthcare: the way forward
The European Hospital and Healthcare Federation is holding the 2016 Hope Agora in Rome from June 6 to 8, 2016. The conference celebrates the Federation's 50th anniversary and takes place following the 4-week HOPE Exchange Programme training period starting on May 9. The training and conference focus on innovations in hospitals and health care.

Reports and Issue Portfolios

Australia - Ensuring equity of access to primary health care in rural and remote Australia - what core services should be locally available? This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Australians in rural and remote areas often experience poor local access to primary healthcare (PHC) services. This paper sets out to define population thresholds for PHC services that should be provided by resident health workers.

Australia - What are the reasons for clinical network success? A qualitative study This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Clinical networks improve patient outcomes and care processes by implementing projects geared to the needs of local health services. In this study, authors interviewed 10 clinical network chairs on factors influencing network success. It identifies two key ingredients — strategic leadership with strong external stakeholder links; and formal infrastructure and processes to align work plans with health priorities.

Canada – Measuring Outcomes in the Canadian Health Sector: Driving Better Value from Healthcare This hyperlink will open in a new window.
While Canada has a well-established tradition of transparency and accountability for health-system performance comparisons, few measures of outcomes are reported, according to a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Measuring Outcomes in the Canadian Health Sector: Driving Better Value from Healthcare,” authors Jeremy Veillard, Omid Fekri, Irfan Dhalla, and Niek Klazinga examine the state of outcomes measurement in Canada, and offer recommendations so that the generation of better information on health system outcomes can help achieve greater value in the health sector.

Canada - Quality in Primary Care Setting a Foundation for Monitoring and Reporting in Ontario This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Ontarians are less likely to receive optimal primary care if they are immigrants, live in a low-income neighbourhood, or live in a rural, remote or northern area of the province, according to this new report published by Health Quality Ontario.

Canada - Future Care for Canadian Seniors: A Status Quo Forecast This hyperlink will open in a new window.
The Conference Board of Canada estimates, in this report, that spending on continuing care for seniors will increase from $29.3 billion in 2011 to $184.2 billion in 2046. Labour demand in the sector will far exceed supply and reliance on unpaid caregivers and volunteers will grow dramatically. The Conference Board considers that responding to these needs in an efficient and sustainable manner will require collaboration among the diverse mix of public and private stakeholders that make up the continuing care sector.

Europe - Promoting Health, Preventing Disease: The economic case This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Available for download, this book by British and French authors provides an economic perspective on health promotion and chronic disease prevention, and gives a rationale for assessing the economic case for action. It provides a review of the international evidence base for public health interventions that addresses effectiveness, implementation costs, impacts on health expenditures, and wider economic consequences.

UK - Prime Minister’s Challenge Fund: Improving Access to General Practice First Evaluation Report: October 2015 This hyperlink will open in a new window.
In 2013, the UK Prime Minister announced a £50 million Challenge Fund to improve access to primary care. Twenty sites covering 1,100 General Practitioners (GPs) and 7.5 million patients participated. This initial program evaluation report focuses on the implementation of three goals: additional hours of GP appointment time; improvements in patient and staff satisfaction; and increasing the range of contact modes.

USA - Models of care for high-need, high-cost patients: an evidence synthesis This hyperlink will open in a new window.
This briefing note analyzes evidence reviews of 15 care models to improve outcomes and reduce costs for patients with complex needs. Overall, the brief finds only modest evidence of impact. It notes that few models have been adopted in practice because of barriers, including the lack of supportive financial incentives under fee-for-service reimbursement arrangements.

International - Health at a glance 2015 This hyperlink will open in a new window.
This new edition of Health at a Glance presents the most recent comparable data on the performance of health systems in OECD countries and, where possible, partner countries. As always, it presents indicators of health and health system performance and focuses on the pharmaceutical sector, health workforce migration and the quality of health care.

International - Do Healthcare Financing Privatisations Curb Total Healthcare Expenditures? Evidence from OECD Countries This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Privatization has been advocated as a cure for rising healthcare expenditures, although it has not been proven whether they curb aggregate healthcare expenditures. Using data from the OECD, this Belgian paper quantitatively analyzes this question. Results from 21 OECD member countries show that private funding leads to small cost savings in total healthcare expenditures.