In today’s evolving health care landscape, there is increasing emphasis on providers working more closely together to improve patient outcomes. More providers are joining Clinically Integrated Networks (CIN), which are collections of health care providers such as hospitals, physician groups and others that collaborate to improve the quality of care and lower costs. A CIN develops, negotiates, enters, and administers contracts with employers, payers and other parties to deliver health care services to their employees or other covered individuals, and the services are delivered by providers in the CIN.
At the Northeast Georgia Health Partners Network — which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS) — we developed a CIN called HP2. HP2 includes physicians and advanced practitioners from Northeast Georgia Medical Center, The Longstreet Clinic, The Heart Center, Northeast Georgia Physicians Group, and other independent practices in the north Georgia area.
A CIN prioritizes the value of patient care.
A CIN like HP2 provides a foundation for providers to coordinate patient care that prioritizes the value of the care they deliver to patients, not simply the volume of patients they see, procedures they accomplish, or the speed at which they deliver care. Value-based care encourages a team approach to patient care, and it’s a win-win for everyone. With providers working together to prioritize the health and wellness of their patients, patients are healthier and live healthier lifestyles, which results in healthier communities. Providers are rewarded for outcomes that are tied to measurable objectives based on quality and the improved health of the overall population.
A CIN promotes seamless patient care.
Keeping patients healthy is best accomplished when providers of varying specialties can seamlessly work together within a network like HP2 to coordinate the most effective care and treatment for their patients. HP2 provides the necessary environment and infrastructure for providers to work across the continuum of care, providing solutions to ensure people have access to the right care at the right time and in the right place. Patients receive higher quality, more efficient care from like-minded providers who share data and information and follow consistent clinical programs and protocols. Further, a CIN like HP2 reduces redundancy and duplicative services, which also results in more cost-effective streamlined care.
A CIN improves patient satisfaction.
It’s no surprise that satisfaction will improve when patients remain healthy because they’re receiving coordinated care from providers that belong to a CIN like HP2.
The Northeast Georgia Health Partners Network — which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS) — is a network of over 1,600 community and regional physicians and hospitals, including those within NGHS and others across the region. Our providers work together to improve the quality of health care throughout northeast Georgia by providing clinically integrated care that is safer, more accessible, more affordable, and more effective.
Health Partners is committed to being the complete network solution for the customers we serve. To respond to the increasing emphasis on a value-based health care delivery system that is focused on quality and outcomes, Health Partners developed a clinically integrated network (CIN) called HP2. HP2 is a network of like-minded providers that share data and information and follow consistent clinical programs and protocols. HP2 develops, negotiates, enters, and administers contracts with employers, payers and other parties to deliver health care services to their employees or other covered individuals, and the services are delivered by providers in the CIN.
Health Partners also formed the Northeast Georgia Health Partners ACO, which fosters collaborative relationships throughout the entire continuum of care and brings greater benefit and value to the Medicare beneficiaries we serve. All participating providers in our ACO—primary care, hospitals, specialists, and others—share the responsibility of coordinating patient care, with goals to improve care, reduce redundancy and lower costs.