The Geography of Acute Care

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has prioritized community and population health as the critical next step in the quality movement. While population health has been defined conceptually, no accountable geographic unit has been defined and thus standardized measurement of health indicators across communities cannot be measured and compared. This project aims to develop an empirically defined geographic “denominator” that describes the population for which groups of hospitals share the responsibility of population health; to identify variability in acute care prevention quality indicators; and to inform how cooperation might be facilitated across the multisectoral health system. R01HS023614, Carr/Wiebe.