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    Analyze one vertically integrated health system in your area and share details about its size, settings/locations, and the services it provides.

    Analyze one horizontally integrated health system in your area and share details about its size, settings/locations, and the services it provides.

    Assess the impact of integration on issues related to cost and access to care, including implications for the management of the organization and the patient/consumer experience.

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    Step 1
    One vertically integrated health care system in Minnesota has thirty primary health centers, four hospitals and one multi-specialty hospital. The primary care centers handle chronic cases, patients that require regular medicine, and even minor surgery. The policy of the organization is to handle the bulk of the cases at the primary health care level. Under the motto of avoiding unnecessary testing, several tests are avoided at the primary level. Those patients that require testing or surgical intervention are sent to the closest hospital. The hospitals conduct tests and provide surgery. Only in case of cardiothoracic surgery, orthopedic surgery, ophthalmology surgery, and interventional radiology, the patients are sent to multi-specialty hospital.

    Step 2
    One horizontally integrated health system that operates in Minnesota has fifty six primary health care centers located in different parts of the state. The ...

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