Case Study - Collaboration with Hospital Partners: The Chicago Medical Home Network

  • Published On  Apr 1, 2019
  • Publication  The Delta Center for a Thriving Safety Net - JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc.


The Medical Home Network (MHN) presents a model health center and hospital partnership for pursuing accountable care that showcases a collaborative and egalitarian relationship. The network includes three hospitals and nine community health centers. The MHN primarily serves the predominantly low-income areas of the south and southwest sides of Chicago.

In this case study, we detail the origins of the MHN as well as its unique, balanced governance structure in which health centers play a key role. Next, we analyze the payment model under which MHN operates and the changes in the care delivery system that were instituted in anticipation of a new payment model. Finally, we summarize the benefits and challenges MHN faces as a result of the collaboration and examine the implications of this model for other health centers interested in developing accountable care partnerships with hospitals.

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