Financial Levers to Promote Integrated Health Care Systems for Low-Income Populations


Integrated health care systems offer vulnerable patient populations access to specialty services, continuity in relationships with providers, and more-coordinated care than smaller independent practices or hospitals typically do. The use of federal safety-net funding to encourage the spread of integrated care systems has the potential to lower health care costs and ensure the sustainability of the safety net. Project staff will research the current and projected flow of federal safety-net funding to determine how that funding might be used to facilitate the integration of community health centers and hospitals. Based on the findings, project staff will identify policy levers that could promote integration of the care systems serving low-income populations.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
RAND Corporation
Principal Investigator:
Barbara Wynn, M.A.
Award Amount:
Approval Date:
April 12, 2011

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