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Oct 29, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Integrating with CINs

Clinically Integrated Networks (CINs) are gaining traction in many areas of the country, but the concept of clinical integration isn’t new. The terminology pre-dates the ACA by over a decade, as the FTC coined the term in 1996 in its Statements of Antitrust Enforcement Policy in Health Care. Today’s CINs, however, have a different look and feel than one of their more common predecessors, the Physician-Hospital Organization (PHO). The PHO similarly attempted to integrate hospitals and physicians through hospital sponsorship and physician membership, but most PHOs never reached the levels of financial and clinical integration necessary to accept risk-based payer contracts. Today’s CINs, spurred on by ACA reforms and the gradual shift from fee-for-service payment models, are making strides in collaboratively increasing the quality of care while reducing costs.

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Topics: CIN, Clinical Integration

Sep 4, 2014 11:00:00 AM

Are CINs the Newest Cure?

Leaders in the hospital field are already pursuing integration to improve patient outcomes and reduce the ballooning cost of health care. The Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services' quality initiatives, and now the Affordable Care Act, demand a new health care model that brings hospitals and physicians together to coordinate the continuum of care for improved patient care. One emerging trend to enhance care coordination is clinically integrated networks, or CIN.

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Topics: Healthcare Data, CIN