4 Success Factors for Clinically Integrated Networks

Navigant Adviser Mark Shields, M.D., and Client GRIPA Featured in HealthLeaders

Creating a clinically integrated network is like beginning a long journey, the length and destination of which is uncertain.

Joe Vasile, M.D., and Mark Shields, M.D., have more experience building CINs than most. Shields, the former senior medical director for Chicago's Advocate Physician Partners, remembers defining the term in the late 2000s as the parent organization geared up efforts to build what has become a 5,000-physician network. Shields left Advocate in 2012 and is now an adviser for Navigant Healthcare. Vasile, CEO of the Greater Rochester (NY) Independent Physicians Alliance (GRIPA), was instrumental in creating a CIN with 1,300 physicians—half owned by the physician members and half by Rochester Regional Health.

Both physicians say building a CIN that improves quality and cuts costs requires diligence to at least four success factors.

The goal is not to drown physicians in measurement and rankings, but instead to get them to focus on changing processes that affect a few metrics negatively.

Mark Shields, M.D.
Navigant Adviser
HealthLeaders

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