The Roles of Regional Health Improvement Collaboratives
Regional Health Improvement Collaboratives play five kinds of roles that will be critical to the successful implementation of healthcare reform at the local level:
- Performance Measurement: Regional Health Improvement Collaboratives provide actionable information about the cost and quality of healthcare services, the health of the population, and/or the extent to which state-of-the-art methods of delivery, payment, and health promotion are being used in their community.
- Payment and Delivery System Reform: Regional Health Improvement Collaboratives serve as neutral planning and problem-solving forums where win-win multi-payer, multi-provider payment and delivery reforms can be designed.
- Training and Assistance in Performance Improvement: Regional Health Improvement Collaboratives operate programs which enable physicians, nurses, hospital administrators, and other healthcare professionals to obtain affordable training, coaching, and technical assistance on ways to analyze problems in care delivery and ways to design and successfully implement solutions.
- Patient Education and Engagement: Regional Health Improvement Collaboratives help citizens in their communities (a) understand and actively engage in activities that will maintain and improve their health, (b) choose providers and services based on their cost and quality, and (c) support the delivery of higher quality, more coordinated care.
- Strategic Planning and Coordination: Regional Health Improvement Collaboratives can play critical planning, coordinating, and support roles that will ensure that healthcare reform efforts are designed and implemented successfully in their communities.
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