Daily Local News (West Chester, PA)
Clinically integrated network launched by ChristianaCare
Brings doctors and hospitals together to improve care
ChristianaCare this week announced the launch of a new clinically integrated network, the ChristianaCare Clinical Alliance. ChristianaCare Clinical Alliance is a formal partnership among clinicians who work collaboratively to deliver well-coordinated, evidence-based care to improve quality, efficiency and health outcomes.
“The health care industry is changing rapidly as payment models shift from fee-for-service to value-based models that reward excellent clinical outcomes — often referred to as population health,” said Christine
Donohue-Henry, M.D., MBA, chief population health officer at ChristianaCare. “ChristianaCare has been preparing for these changes over decades. We have made investments in the infrastructure and expertise to be successful in this new environment. The launch of the ChristianaCare Clinical Alliance marks an exciting new phase in this journey, and we look forward to partnering with clinicians and health care organizations throughout Delaware to be increasingly more successful in helping people achieve optimal health.”
Clinically integrated networks (CINs) are networks of hospitals and clinicians that work in a deeply collaborative way to deliver high-quality, coordinated care and better health outcomes for their patients while reducing the overall cost of care. They provide their members with tools, analytic insights, efficiencies and economies of scale that enable them to thrive in delivering population health. CINs also can enable smaller community practices and independent physicians to participate in valuebased payment arrangements with payors that might not otherwise be easily available to them.
Unlike other clinically integrated networks in the region that are limited to primary care, the ChristianaCare Clinical
Alliance will include clinicians from across the care continuum.
“We have a rich track record of ensuring that our patients remain at the center of all that we do,” said Tony Reed, vice president of population health operations at ChristianaCare.
“By developing an innovative infrastructure within our clinically integrated network, we are able to deliver the best outcomes to each patient that we serve.
Our clinically integrated network touches nearly every component of the care continuum including primary care, specialty care, behavioral health, hospitals, post-acute care and community organizations that help address the social determinants of health.”
Participants in the ChristianaCare Clinical Alliance will have access to new value-based care arrangements with payors that provide financial rewards for improving quality and reducing unnecessary utilization.
The Clinical Alliance will give its members the tools to be successful in these arrangements, including ChristianaCare’s CareVio, which has been recognized as one of the nation’s most innovative care management programs. The network also will provide expert support for quality, reporting and practice optimization.
For more information including how to join, visit the ChristianaCare Clinical Alliance website.