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Region’s First Clinically Integrated Network Launched
CHARLOTTE, N.C., Feb. 18, 2016 – Carolinas HealthCare System announced
today the launch of the Charlotte region’s first clinically integrated
network (CIN). This collaborative network is designed to deliver
high-quality, cost-effective healthcare and enhance the health of
residents in the community through developing best practices aimed at
reducing the overall cost of care, managing chronic illnesses, seamless
transitions of care between primary care, specialty, hospital settings
and outpatient services.
Over the past year, Carolinas HealthCare System has hosted design and
development work with physicians in the community to help determine
aspects of the CIN that would benefit the Charlotte-area
community. A broad cross-section of physician leaders spent
more than 700 hours in planning and development.
The CIN will be a physician-led organization in collaboration with
Carolinas HealthCare System with leadership from both system and
independent physicians. The CIN will utilize a data driven approach to
sharing best practices across the network that will allow members to
reduce gaps in care, lower total healthcare costs and improve the
health of patients and communities served by the network. The
benefit to patients will be the ability to receive coordinated care
from a network of expert providers who are committed to high quality
care that leads to improved outcomes.
“This partnership will help healthcare providers across the region
provide the best possible care to individual patients as well as broad
populations,” said Dr. Roger Ray, executive vice president and chief
physician executive for Carolinas HealthCare System. “This region is
home to some of the nation’s best health care providers and combining
that experience with the breadth and depth of our collective resources,
we will enable the participating groups in the CIN to efficiently
gather, share and utilize clinical data to identify and adopt
patient-focused, evidence-based best practices."
The CIN will have several patient populations and initiatives as part
of its focus areas. Some of those initiatives will include management
of chronic diseases and preventative screenings, reducing the cost of
care, improving efficiency, avoiding unplanned readmissions,
preventable care and overall quality improvement.
About Carolinas HealthCare System
Carolinas HealthCare System (www.carolinashealthcare.org), one of the
nation’s leading healthcare organizations, provides a full spectrum of
healthcare and wellness services and programs throughout North and
South Carolina. Its diverse network includes academic medical centers,
hospitals, freestanding emergency departments, physician practices,
surgical and rehabilitation centers, home health agencies, nursing
homes and behavioral health centers, as well as hospice and palliative
care services. With more than 60,000 employees, 900 care locations and
11.5 million patient encounters annually, the System drives quality and
value by integrating primary care – delivered in a variety of easily
accessible settings – with world-class specialty services. In 2015,
Carolinas HealthCare System provided more than $1.6 billion in
community benefit, which includes the combined value of patient
financial assistance, medical education, research, preventive health
initiatives, and community outreach to address common public health
issues such as diabetes and childhood obesity.