Safety net hospitals work to provide patients the highest level of coordinated care. Unlike a typical hospital, safety net health systems are just that – “integrated systems of care,” which allow patients to navigate seamlessly between primary care in community clinics and highly specialized hospital care.
Many safety net hospital systems already possess the fundamental building blocks to improve patient outcomes and lower health care costs. In many areas of the country — from Boston to Denver to San Francisco — safety net health systems have maximized their integrated delivery framework by forming partnerships with health clinics, primary care providers and long-term care facilities to ensure patients can access the full continuum of care. Continue Reading