Douglas McCarthy, Kimberly Mueller, Jennifer Wrenn
D. McCarthy, K. Mueller, and J. Wrenn, Geisinger Health System: Achieving the Potential of System Integration Through Innovation, Leadership, Measurement, and Incentives, The Commonwealth Fund, June 2009.
Geisinger Health System is a physician-led, not-for-profit, integrated delivery system serving an area with approximately 2.6 million people in northeastern and central Pennsylvania with innovative products and services designed to drive higher performance. Geisinger’s leaders believe that the organization can simultaneously improve quality, satisfaction, and efficiency only by redesigning and reengineering the delivery of care. This philosophy is epitomized by ProvenCare, a portfolio of products (many of which are package-priced) for which care processes have been redesigned to reliably administer a coordinated bundle of evidence-based best practices. Use of the ProvenCare model has improved clinical outcomes while decreasing resource utilization. Fundamental to Geisinger’s success are its vision of becoming a national model for care delivery, the leadership to achieve that vision reinforced with a performance-based compensation system strategically aligned with specific goals every year, and timely feedback using an advanced electronic health record to measure progress toward those goals.
This study was based on publicly available information and self-reported data provided by the case study institution(s). The aim of Commonwealth Fund–sponsored case studies of this type is to identify institutions that have achieved results indicating high performance in a particular area of interest, have undertaken innovations designed to reach higher performance, or exemplify attributes that can foster high performance. The studies are intended to enable other institutions to draw lessons from the studied institutions' experience that will be helpful in their own efforts to become high performers. Even the best-performing organizations may fall short in some areas or make mistakes—emphasizing the need for systematic approaches to improve quality and prevent harm to patients and staff. The Commonwealth Fund is not an accreditor of health care organizations or systems, and the inclusion of an institution in the Fund's case study series is not an endorsement by the Fund for receipt of health care from the institution.