Promoting High Performance Safety-Net Health Systems: Learning from Existing Models


The economic recession has increased the number of people relying on publicly funded health care while it has decreased the revenue states have available to support that care. Caught in the squeeze, safety-net providers are being forced to do more with less, potentially limiting patients' access and compromising quality. Public and critical-access hospitals and community health centers that operate within integrated systems appear best-equipped to handle the needs of vulnerable patients efficiently. To guide subsequent efforts to promote system integration, this project will examine the degree to which safety-net providers are part of larger systems of care, identify examples of different approaches to integration, and analyze policies that would facilitate greater integration.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
The George Washington University
Principal Investigator:
Leighton Ku, Ph.D.
Award Amount:
Approval Date:
April 13, 2010

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