Bright Spots Research

Stanford University's Clinical Excellence Research Center (CERC) has undertaken a unique public benefit project funded by the Peterson Center on Healthcare (PCH) to:

  • Systematically identify mainstream U.S. health care providers that operate at the frontier of value, defined by both high quality of care and low total annual healthcare spending
  • Promote national understanding and adoption of care delivery features likely to explain their exceptional value  

We began in early 2013 by assessing physician office sites providing at least primary care, then expanded to include community hospitals and seven other medical specialities.

To learn more about our work in primary care, you can download an overview of our approach and early findings as well as snapshots that briefly describe eleven of the primary care practices identified and what makes them distinctive.

If you would like to receive more information about the project or get involved in spreading and scaling our findings, please contact us at