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Healthcare Reform Toolbox


Healthcare reform is in full swing with the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), providing many opportunities for the built environment to be a driving force in better outcomes. Organizations are incentivized to improve the quality of the built environment, which can be accomplished by taking a comprehensive look at facility design, operational decisions, staff training, and care delivery, and how they relate to outcomes.


The Healthcare Reform Toolbox Contains:




Issue Brief and Executive Summary


  • "Quality Care, Legislation, and Design," in this issue brief and executive summary, you will learn about the three quality-driven legislative programs that have a relationship to healthcare environments, associations between the design of the physical environment and reimbursement-related measures, and additional built environment strategies requiring additional research.


Five Video & Written Interviews 


Three Project Briefs 


Design Tool


Three Webinars 


Three Blogs


Related Resources 


  • Healthcare Reform Resources, this list of resources is made of up of articles, books, policies, organizations, and more, related to healthcare reform. Use this list to learn more about this topic.


Lessons Learned 

  • Lessons Learned About Healthcare Reform: the following are compiled from research literature, case studies, interviews, and other materials to provide an overview on the topic of healthcare reform.  


Design Strategies 

  • Healthcare Reform Design Strategies, explore how facility design and healthcare reform often focuse on the patient experience of noise and cleanliness as measured by the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey, design is also a factor in reform-based outcome targets.  

Click here to view all Healthcare Reform Toolbox resources   

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