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The Triple Aim Journey: Improving Population Health and Patients' Experience of Care, While Reducing Costs. Lessons from case studies of three organizations—CareOregon, Genesys HealthSystem, and QuadMed—that are participating in the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's Triple Aim Initiative can guide others who wish to promote transformation in health care delivery.

The cost and quality of health care, as well as access to care and health outcomes, continue to vary widely among states, according to the Commonwealth Fund's 2009 State Scorecard on on Health System Performance

The Commonwealth Fund's Quality Matters newsletter features case studies by Douglas McCarthy, president of Issues Research (a recent example is featured below). 

The Mount Auburn Cambridge Independent Practice Association. One of the most challenging aspects of building an accountable care organization is bringing together physicians and hospitals to pursue quality-improvement and cost-reduction goals when their operations are not otherwise integrated. This case study provides an example of how a Boston-area independent practice association (IPA) forged relationships among physicians and a hospital to share in savings generated by improved quality and lower costs. The IPA built trust among its partners by demonstrating the value of investing a portion of those savings to create the infrastructure needed to achieve a common goal: better care for patients.

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