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Hospitals are expected to fulfill a role in the communities they serve by improving the health of the population in the community as mandated in the Affordable Care Act. One way hospitals achieve this is to create partnerships with diverse organizations, such as local public health departments, state/federal agencies, and other health care organizations. The aim of this study is to examine characteristics of hospitals that developed partnerships based on improving population health. This study utilized the 2015 Population Health Survey, American Hospital Association Database, and Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care. Hospital characteristics included size, ownership status, part of a system, teaching status location, Medicare percentage, Medicaid percentage, average stay length, and inpatient days per 1000 persons. Level of partnership was measured by the hospital's current working relationship with other hospitals/health care systems or local/state/other agencies. Univariate, bivariate, and multivariate regression analyses were used to analyze the relationship between hospital partnerships and organizational characteristics. Hospitals with strong relationships tend to be larger and not-for-profit hospitals, hospitals with system members and located in urban areas, and teaching-affiliated hospitals. This study also found hospital characteristics were related to hospitals' partnerships. Hospitals within health care systems and with high inpatient volume were more likely to report relationships that were stronger. This study provides a systematic and updated look at hospitals' partnership when looking at commitment to population health improvement and contributes to the literature by informing about the greater need to support rural and smaller hospitals with population health outreach activities.
This article was published in the following journal.
Name: Population health management
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