What Is a Clinically Integrated Network (CIN)?

In its simplest implementation, a Clinically Integrated Network is a collection of healthcare providers, such as physicians, hospitals, and post-acute care treatment providers, that come together to improve patient care and reduce overall healthcare cost. Clinically Integrated Networks rely on evidence-based care guidelines to provide high-quality care across participating providers including:

  • Prevention strategies
  • Acute treatment
  • Ongoing condition maintenance

The core mission of a Clinically Integrated Network is to improve the overall health and well-being of the community.

If a network meets the FTC compliance requirements to be considered a Clinically Integrated Network, the government will provide a safe harbor for it to perform collective bargaining. Collective bargaining by physicians that compete with each other is considered anticompetitive and is prohibited except when physician networks are financially or clinically integrated. In order to become FTC compliant, the network must:

  • Implement protocols to increase quality and reduce cost of care that can be monitored and reported upon
  • Recruit physicians who can demonstrate a commitment to providing higher quality healthcare
  • Invest in the human and infrastructure resources required to meet these goals

Learn more about creating an FTC-compliant Clinically Integrated Network.

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