A study team from the Boston University School of Public Health, under a contract with AHRQ, conducted case studies in eight safety-net systems to examine the challenges safety-net hospitals and systems are facing. The team also examined the strategies and resources safety-net systems use to address the challenges of the changing health care environment. Safety-net systems serve low-income, medically vulnerable patients and offer special health care and social services that other hospital systems do not.
- System Redesign Responses to Challenges in Safety-Net Systems: Summary of Field Study Research [PDF, 753 KB ].
- System Redesign for Value in Safety-Net Hospitals and Systems: Challenges and Implications: Slide Presentation [PowerPoint File, 489 KB; Text Version].