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This site visit focused on private market dynamics and quality improvement initiatives. Cincinnati is characterized by strong players in all sectors of the market: employers such as Procter and Gamble and General Electric, hospital systems, health plans, and physician groups with the power to “push back” in contract negotiations. The city is a pilot site for Bridges to Excellence, a pay-for-performance initiative spearheaded by GE. Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center is a grantee under the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Pursuing Perfection program. Among the issues explored were physician supply, incentive structures, specialty hospitals, and information technology.

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