To address concerns about rising health care costs, quality of care, and inefficient spending, policymakers and health care providers have called for “delivery system reform”—changes in the way health care is provided and paid for in the United States.
Health Systems Improvement
How health care is delivered in the United States is rapidly evolving as new models and best practices strive to improve the experience, outcomes, and efficiency of care. AIR’s research and evaluation of new and emerging approaches to care delivery expand awareness of best practices as well as ways to disseminate and implement them. Examples include our case study evaluation of Lean Six Sigma practices in hospitals for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, or our evaluation of technical assistance efforts to increase the use of electronic medical records by physicians and hospitals, or our learning and diffusion activities for Accountable Care Organizations.
Our training and technical assistance includes state-of-the-art learning and diffusion techniques, including data analytics and rapid-cycle analysis and feedback, helping delivery systems build the capacity to implement new models of care, monitor outcomes to make improvements, or demonstrate success.