The Foundation's Health Tracking initiative was designed to support efforts to understand better health system changes and how these changes affect people.The U.S. health care system is undergoing profound changes that likely will affect the quality and accessibility of services for many individuals and the cost of care for virtually everyone. The Foundation has established a program to track these changes within the health care system. It will examine changes in the structure of the system and in the behavior of different components. It also will examine how these changes affect people: their access to care, the kinds of services they get, and their relationships with health care providers. At the core of the Health Tracking network is the Center for Studying Health System Change. The purpose of this project is to enable the Center to continue its work to understand the dynamics of changes unfolding in communities throughout the country and explain how these changes are affecting access, costs and perceptions of quality. A major underpinning of the Center's work is the Community Tracking Study, which includes surveys of over 32,000 households; 12,000 physicians and 20,000 employers in 60 communities; as well as site visits to twelve of these communities. Along with launching the third round of the Study, this grant will also support a variety of other efforts within the Center to track, understand and disseminate broadly information about health system change and its effects.
Amount Awarded $24,844,280.00
Awarded on: 6/28/2000
Time frame: 7/1/2000 - 12/31/2002
Grant Number: 39624