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April 17, 2014 - The southern Arizona region encompassing Tucson outperforms many other regions with similar socioeconomic characteristics, which may stem from the emphasis providers place on delivery system innovation and best practices and the prevalence of managed care arrangements.
April 17, 2014 - The region of West Central Michigan encompassing Grand Rapids and surrounding communities performs especially well on measures of prevention and treatment quality, avoidable hospital use, and costs of care.
April 17, 2014 - Case studies of three U.S. regions that ranked relatively high on the Commonwealth Fund’s Scorecard on Local Health System Performance, 2012, despite greater poverty compared with peers, revealed several common themes.
In this issue: a look at the Independence at Home demonstration, which is testing whether treating frail, elderly patients with multiple chronic conditions in their homes improves outcomes and reduces health care spending.
September 24, 2013 - Download the presentations and review the archived webinar, during which participants saw a live demo of WhyNotTheBest.org and heard stories from the field from those using the tool in their work.
January 31, 2014 - More than 55 percent of the U.S. population now lives in a local area with an accountable care organization (ACO), in which a group of providers is held accountable by a payer for the total cost and quality of care for a defined set of patients. The spread of ACOs, however, by no means ensures their success. Significant questions remain about whether the goals of the model—better care at lower costs—will be achieved.