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April 2013

Clinical Integration Update

The NCH Clinical Integration (CI) Program is a process through which physicians work together to improve the process of care, outcomes of care, and patient satisfaction. This is done through engaging in an active and ongoing program to adopt evidence-based clinical protocols and then measuring performance against those protocols.

Under the direction of the CI Steering Committee, chaired by Dr. William Moran, and the CI Initiatives Committee, chaired by Dr. Susan Nelson, the initial evidence-based clinical protocols/CI initiatives have been finalized. For primary care physicians, the CI initiatives are similar to the PHO's Quality Initiatives that have been targeted for the last several years. These initiatives include prevention, wellness, and screening, as well as a focus on chronic disease management. Initiatives adopted for surgical specialties include SCIP* measures focused on patient safety and quality.

Data collection is a key component to a CI Program. We have piloted data collection with Advantage Health Solutions, our CI partner. This has gone smoothly and we are now ready for broader physician roll-out.

Although physicians must be members of the PHO to participate in the CI program, participation in CI is not automatic. If you are currently a PHO member and interested in participating, you will need to elect to participate in CI by signing an amendment to your PHO Participation Agreement that describes the program requirements.

If you would like to participate in the CI program, or to learn more, please contact Linda Borton, PHO Executive Director at 847-618-5260, Dr. William Moran, or Dr. Susan Nelson.


* In 2003, the SCIP (Surgical Care Improvement Project) was initiated by CMS and the CDC. SCIP is a partnership of 10 national organizations committed to improving the safety of surgical care through the reduction of postoperative complications. These complications can take a toll on patients' health and safety and can extend postoperative hospital stays or care (such as therapy).

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Last Updated 2013/01/25