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Building Regional Networks for Treating Complex Patients

    By Carrie Wolf, Senior Analyst and Jai Seth, Analyst

    When treating complex acute conditions, many hospitals struggle to meet care quality standards and control costs. To address these challenges, many small- to mid-sized health systems have joined larger tertiary care centers leading clinical regional networks. Following a hub-and-spoke model, these networks streamline patient transfers to advanced care facilities, thereby optimizing patient outcomes. 

    To build a hub-and-spoke model, leading organizations follow three critical success factors:

    1. 1. Establish clinical infrastructure necessary to serve the target patient population, including space, technology, staff, and ongoing education programs
    2. 2. Recruit regional partners by identifying organizations that are well aligned with the hub facility, demonstrate to them the value of participating in a network, and implement an onboarding process to secure the relationship
    3. 3. Foster a culture of collaboration through data transparency, decision-support services, and peer-to-peer interaction, all of which help sustain partnerships long-term

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