Opportunity for Regional Improvement: Three Case Studies of Local Health System Performance

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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 these communities, multi-stakeholder collaboration was an important factor in achieving community health or health system goals. There were also mutually reinforcing efforts by health care providers and health plans to improve the quality and efficiency of care, regional investment and cooperation to apply information technology and engage in community outreach, and a shared commitment to improve the accessibility of care for underserved populations. The experiences of these regions suggest that stakeholders can leverage their unique histories, assets, and values to influence the market, raise social capital, and nudge local health systems to function more effectively.

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Date: May 2014
Author: The Commonwealth Fund