A report from the Center for Health Care Strategies and the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation that outlines characteristics of successful healthcare organization-community-based organization partnerships and provides recommendations to guide the development of successful collaborations between healthcare and social service organizations. The report seeks to examine the strategic, operational, and financial approaches that...

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A report from the Bipartisan Policy Center, with the support of The SCAN Foundation, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Peterson Center on Healthcare, and The Commonwealth Fund. The report draws from six previous reports to identify a roadmap of policy solutions that can begin to tackle the barriers to financing and delivering high-quality, person- and...

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Health systems across the nation are testing innovative strategies for improving patient care while reducing costs. Mercy Health St. Mary’s took part in the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Initiative, which piloted several models that tie payments to episodes of care rather than fee-for-service. Mercy Health St. Mary’s developed a...

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This brief from the Commonwealth Foundation profiles and classifies current community-level initiatives to integrate the activities of disparate social service organizations with local healthcare delivery systems. Cross-sector community partnerships are categorized in four dimensions, and five common challenges are identified: inadequate strategies to sustain cost-savings, improvement, and funding; lack of accurate and timely measurement of...

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