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Since 1996, researchers have visited the 12 communities approximately every two to three years to conduct in-depth interviews with leaders of the local health system. HSC explores how the organization, financing and delivery of health care have been changing and the impact of these changes on people. Researchers interview representatives of local hospitals, health plans, physician organizations, safety net providers, employers, key government agencies, policy makers and consumer groups.
HSC has completed its seventh round of site visits and has published Community Reports from each site. In addition, HSC is in the process of publishing cross-site analyses on trends uncovered through the visits. The cross-site analyses are being published as HSC Issue Briefs, Research Briefs and peer-reviewed journal articles. Click here for more information on the site visits.
California Site Studies. As part of the California Health Care Almanac project, the California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF) funded HSC to conduct interviews in six California communities in 2011-12 to assess how the organization, financing and delivery of health care are changing, including preparations for health reform. CHCF will publish regional market reports for each community and two cross-site analyses based on findings from the site studies. A previous round of California site studies was conducted by HSC researchers in 2008. More information can be found here.
2010 CTS Site Visit Products
Issue Brief No. 138 - Small Employers and Self Insured Health Benefits: Too Small to Succeed?
Research Brief No. 25 - Local Public Hospitals: Changing with the Times
Journal Article - Health Plan-Provider Price Negotiations: Passing the Buck to Employers
Cleveland Community Report - Cleveland Hospital Systems Expand Despite Weak Economy
Greenville Community Report - Greenville & Spartanburg: Surging Hospital Employment of Physicians Poses Opportunities and Challenges
Indianapolis Community Report - Indianapolis Hospital Systems Compete for Well-Insured, Suburban Patients
Lansing Community Report - Lansing's Dominant Hospital, Health Plan Strengthen Market Positions
Little Rock Community Report - Little Rock Health Care Safety Net Stretched by Economic Downturn
Miami Community Report - Economic Downturn Strains Miami Health Care System
Northern New Jersey Community Report - Northern New Jersey Health Care Market Reflects Urban-Suburban Contrasts
Orange County Community Report - Physicians Key to Health Maintenance Organization Popularity in Orange County
Phoenix Community Report - Economic Downturn Slows Phoenix's Once-Booming Health Care Market
Seattle Community Report - Seattle Hospital Competition Heats Up, Raising Cost Concerns
Syacuse Community Report - Syracuse Health Care Market Works to Right-Size Hospital Capacity