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By Annette Gardner, PhD, MPH
Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, University of California, San Francisco
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) is an opportunity to coordinate care among health care providers and transform local nets into seamless systems of care. The study conducted by Dr. Annette Gardner, PhD, MPH, at the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, UCSF, shows safety net integration activities in five counties—Contra Costa, Humboldt, San Diego, San Joaquin, and San Mateo—suggests much progress has been made to this end in these counties.
This Report describes the factors that affect a local safety net's ability to develop integrated delivery systems and lessons learned from the implementation of 30 safety net integration "best practices".