Douglas McCarthy
Senior Research Director
The Commonwealth Fund

Douglas McCarthy, M.B.A., is senior research director for The Commonwealth Fund. He leads a team that has conducted more than 100 case studies of promising practices and innovations in health care delivery. He helped develop the Fund’s Scorecards on State Health System Performance and led their production from 2014 to 2018. His 30-year career has spanned roles in government, corporate, and nonprofit organizations, including the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and UnitedHealth Group’s Center for Health Care Policy and Evaluation. He was a public policy fellow at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs and a leadership fellow of the Denver-based Regional Institute for Health and Environmental Leadership. He serves on the board of Colorado’s Center for Improving Value in Health Care.

Fund Publications by Douglas McCarthy



What’s at Stake: States’ Progress on Health Coverage and Access to Care, 2013–2016
December 14, 2017
All Health Care Is Local, Revisited: What Does It Take to Improve?
September 26, 2017
Fewer Uninsured Children, Less Disparity, and Keeping It That Way
September 21, 2017
Health Care Improvement in Pueblo, Colorado: Building on Common Ground
September 13, 2017
Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Access to Care: Has the Affordable Care Act Made a Difference?
August 24, 2017
Health Care Improvement in Akron, Ohio: Moving from Collaboration to Coordination
August 17, 2017
Assessing State Variation in High-Need Adult Populations and Their Care Experiences
August 7, 2017
If All Health Care Is Local, What Does It Take to Improve?
July 27, 2017
Health Care Improvement in Stockton, California: Collaboration, Capacity-Building, and Medicaid Expansion
July 27, 2017
How Western Kentucky Leveraged Medicaid Expansion to Increase Access to Health Care
July 21, 2017
Measuring Medicare Quality and Spending: An Updated Comparative Tool, June 2017
June 9, 2017
An Overview of Home-Based Primary Care: Learning from the Field
June 7, 2017
Setting Targets for State Improvement: The Updated State-by-State Interactive Tool
April 25, 2017
CareMore: Improving Outcomes and Controlling Health Care Spending for High-Needs Patients
March 28, 2017
Health Care Coverage and Access Rates in Kentucky Reflect the ACA's Successes
March 17, 2017
Aiming Higher: Results from the Commonwealth Fund Scorecard on State Health System Performance, 2017 Edition
March 16, 2017


A Long Way in a Short Time: States' Progress on Health Care Coverage and Access, 2013–2015
December 21, 2016
The "One Care" Program at Commonwealth Care Alliance: Partnering with Medicare and Medicaid to Improve Care for Nonelderly Dual Eligibles
December 8, 2016
Care Management Plus: Strengthening Primary Care for Patients with Multiple Chronic Conditions
December 7, 2016
The Impact of a Behavioral Health Condition on High-Need Adults
November 22, 2016
Guided Care: A Structured Approach to Providing Comprehensive Primary Care for Complex Patients
October 18, 2016
Hennepin Health: A Care Delivery Paradigm for New Medicaid Beneficiaries
October 7, 2016
Health System Performance for the High-Need Patient: A Look at Access to Care and Patient Care Experiences
August 29, 2016
High-Need, High-Cost Patients: Who Are They and How Do They Use Health Care?
August 29, 2016
The Hospital at Home Model: Bringing Hospital-Level Care to the Patient
August 22, 2016
Aging Gracefully: The PACE Approach to Caring for Frail Elders in the Community
August 12, 2016
Project ECHO’s Complex Care Initiative: Building Capacity to Help “Superutilizers” in Underserved Communities
August 9, 2016
Caring for High-Need, High-Cost Patients: Exemplars from the Field
July 27, 2016
Bringing Primary Care Home: The Medical House Call Program at MedStar Washington Hospital Center
July 27, 2016
Rising to the Challenge: The Commonwealth Fund Scorecard on Local Health System Performance, 2016 Edition
July 14, 2016
Designing More Affordable and Effective Health Care
February 8, 2016
Modeling the “What Ifs?” in State Health System Performance
February 2, 2016
Equity in Health Care Across the States: 6 Things to Know
February 2, 2016








Committing to Improvement in All Areas of Health Care
November 5, 2009
Aiming Higher: Results from a State Scorecard on Health System Performance, 2009
October 8, 2009
North Carolina's ABCD Program: Using Community Care Networks to Improve the Delivery of Childhood Developmental Screening and Referral to Early Intervention Services
August 20, 2009
Gundersen Lutheran Health System: Performance Improvement Through Partnership
August 13, 2009
Marshfield Clinic: Health Information Technology Paves the Way for Population Health Management
August 13, 2009
Mayo Clinic: Multidisciplinary Teamwork, Physician-Led Governance, and Patient-Centered Culture Drive World-Class Health Care
August 13, 2009
Henry Ford Health System: A Framework for System Integration, Coordination, Collaboration, and Innovation
August 13, 2009
Group Health Cooperative: Reinventing Primary Care by Connecting Patients with a Medical Home
July 2, 2009
Organizing for Higher Performance: Case Studies of Organized Delivery Systems--Series Overview, Findings, and Methods
July 2, 2009
Geisinger Health System: Achieving the Potential of System Integration Through Innovation, Leadership, Measurement, and Incentives
June 22, 2009
HealthPartners: Consumer-Focused Mission and Collaborative Approach Support Ambitious Performance Improvement Agenda
June 22, 2009
Kaiser Permanente: Bridging the Quality Divide with Integrated Practice, Group Accountability, and Health Information Technology
June 22, 2009
Community Care of North Carolina: Building Community Systems of Care Through State and Local Partnerships
June 22, 2009







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