A Clinical Integration Organization (CIO) is a collaboration of independent physicians, often in a partnership with a hospital or health system that develops active and ongoing clinical initiatives designed to control costs and improve the quality of health care services offered to patients. As a result of these collaborative efforts to provide a higher quality, more efficient, less costly care, a CIO gives physicians from all walks of practice the ability to collectively negotiate for better reimbursement from commercial health plans.
While the goals of a CIO are consistent with the primary objectives of an Accountable Care Organization (ACO), clinical Integration was an established model of physician alignment that existed prior to the recent healthcare reform law and has had great success in a number of markets throughout the nation. An effective Clinical Integration Organization (CIO) will contain initiatives that:
- Provide measurable results
- which are used to evaluate physician performance, and
- result in concrete accountability of that performance.
Tenet’s CIO, Physician Performance Network of Georgia (PPNGA) will bring together physicians from Atlanta Medical Center, Atlanta Medical Center - South Campus, North Fulton Hospital and Spalding Regional Hospital. To assist us in our effort toward clinical integration, we have retained the expertise of Hogan Marren, a firm that has helped launch numerous CIO programs nationwide. Learn more about the benefits of joining our organization.