Physician leadership is the heart of a clinically integrated network. As longstanding champions of quality within their own Community Health Center organizations, Integrated Health Partners now harnesses the collective strength of our member health centers’ physicians to dynamically improve performance.
This clinical integration effort manifests itself through an active program to evaluate and modify practice patterns of IHPs’ physician participants, thereby creating a high degree of interdependence among our physicians to control costs and ensure quality.
The objectives of the Clinical Quality Committee are to:
- Provide guidance on mechanisms to monitor and control utilization of health care services that are designed to control costs and ensure quality of care.
- Selectively choose clinically integrated network physicians who are likely to further these efficiency objectives
- Guide the use of capital investments, both monetary and human, to support the necessary infrastructure and capability needed to realize the claimed efficiencies.
The IHP Clinical Quality Committee maintains a set of standards and requirements that all participating practices must meet in order to be considered eligible for participation in IHP programs, governance, and financial rewards.
These include meeting clinical and operational requirements in the areas of:
- Participation agreements
- Performance improvement
- Information technology
- Joint contracting
- Provider leadership
These standards have been developed to advance the quality standards of all IHP members. They also enable IHP to competitively position our network for new models of payment, including shared savings and risk-based incentives.
IHP has set the initial standards to be inclusive. However, as the IHP network grows and begins leveraging our combined resources and expertise, our standards for participation will become increasingly rigorous as the organization advances.