Welcome to "Transforming Health Care to Achieve Greater Accountability," a special supplement to Hospitals & Health Networks developed in conjunction with Citi and the Healthcare Financial Management Association. This is the 12th year of this partnership that seeks to promote the exchange of information between hospitals and health systems and the investment community and facilitate access to capital to achieve a higher-performing health care system.

This year, we look at the transformation of the health care delivery system and how it will impact the plans and actions for individual health systems and their requirements for capital and access to it. Even before passage of the Affordable Care Act, health care organizations across the country embarked on transformational efforts to contain costs and improve the quality of services provided. As new payment and business models emerge, health care organizations are likely to assume even greater accountability for the delivery of high-value services to populations served. Sufficient and ready capital is a must to facilitate physician alignment, patient access to a continuum of health care services and the necessary investment in IT, among other things.

This supplement will be distributed at the 12th Annual Non-Profit Health Care Investor Conference, designed as a continuing effort to enhance communication between health systems and investors. We thank Citi and HFMA for their continued support and hope that this supplement will be of value to your organization.

Neil JesueleNeil Jesuele
Executive Vice President, AHA Leadership and Business Development
President, Health Forum

Transforming Health Care

Efforts to reshape care taking root; no quick fixes
By Dave Carpenter

Expert Commentaries

The Evolution of Measurement
By Frederick A. Hessler

Enhancing Care, One Community at a Time
By Joel T. Allison

Integration through IT
By David L. Bernd

Changing the Way We Deliver and Pay for Care
By Mark A. Eustis

Demonstrating Accountability, Internally and Externally
By Rodney F. Hochman, M.D.

Creating a Vision for the Future
By Anthony R. Tersigni

Note to Readers
from Frederick A. Hessler, Managing Director, Citigroup Global Markets Inc.