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July 18, 2013

Bassett among the country's '100 Integrated Health Systems to Know'

Staff Report
Cooperstown Crier

---- — Bassett Healthcare Network has been included in Becker’s Hospital Review of “100 Integrated Health Systems to Know.” The listing recognizes Bassett Healthcare Network for providing multiple access points for health care, strong relationships with physicians and coordinated outpatient and inpatient care.

In a media release announcing the 100 Integrated Health Systems to know, Becker’s editorial team said, “This list recognizes health systems that focus on the continuum of care, from wellness and preventive services to urgent care, inpatient care, outpatient care, hospice, health plan offerings and more.”

Associate Editor Sabrina Rodak goes on to say: “The Bassett Physician Group and Bassett Regional Network provide physician-based services from primary care to specialty care. In addition to Bassett’s flagship medical center in Cooperstown, the health system also offers care at school-based health centers. Other signs of integration include Bassett’s affiliation with the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and the Bassett Research Institute’s efforts to improve population health.”

Becker’s Hospital Review team analyzed health care systems nationwide to choose the top 100 offering the best quality of care, according to a media release. Bassett was among five health care systems from New York state that made the list. Integrated health care facilities seek to reduce costs, improve quality and boost population health, according to the release

“It’s important to recognize integrated health systems because the triple aim of health care reform is to reduce cost, improve quality and increase population health. One of the key drivers of meeting these goals is coordinated care, which integrated health systems excel at,” Rodak said in the release.

The Becker’s Hospital Review editorial team selected health systems based on rankings by health care analytics company IMS Health, as well as health systems’ financial, clinical and operational strength.

In 2012, the Bassett Healthcare Network was also named one of the most integrated health networks in the nation. Published in Modern Healthcare magazine, the SDI 2012 rankings placed Bassett 48th among the top 100 IHNs out of more than 570 non-specialty, local and regional networks in the U.S. Health systems were evaluated on the ability to operate as a unified organization in eight categories: integrated technology, integration, contractual capabilities, outpatient utilization, financial stability, services and access, hospital utilization, and physicians.