Assessing Care Integration in the California Safety Net

Sponsor: Blue Shield of California Foundation

Location(s): United States


n this Blue Shield of California Foundation funded study, Facilitating Care Integration in California Community Health Centers, we sought to answer two importantquestions through literature reviews, environmental scans, interviews, and collaboration with an advisory committee representing key stakeholders in CHCs and safety net settings in California. The two questions we sought to answer were:
1) How integrated are community health centers with their surrounding medical neighborhood?
2) What strategies have community health centers implemented to improve integration for their patients, in the interfaces between primary care-specialty care, primary care-oral healthcare, primarycare-diagnostic imaging services, primary care-pharmacy services, and primary care-hospital care?