What is Clinical Integration?

Clinical integration is defined as "an active and ongoing program to evaluate and modify the practice patterns of a physician network’s participants in order to create a high degree of interdependence and cooperation among the physician members."1 The overarching goal of clinical integration is to continuously improve the quality of care provided to patients while simultaneously controlling the cost of the healthcare services provided. In other words, the Gulf South Quality Network’s (GSQN) clinical integration program is a proactive, physician run and physician lead effort to develop a unique, high value healthcare product for patients, employers, and health plans throughout the Gulf South region of the United States.

  1. Continuously identifying and adopting clinical measures to assess the value of care provided in the inpatient, outpatient, and physician office settings;
  2. Using an information technology system to track and report physician compliance with these measures;
  3. Holding each other accountable for their performance in regards to these measures; and
  4. Collaborating with employers and health plans to develop physician-directed contractual and incentive payment arrangements to ensure for the ongoing availability of this new, high value healthcare product.

1Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission (1996) Statement 8: Enforcement Policy on Physician Network Joint Ventures. Statement of Antitrust Enforcement Policy in Healthcare,/i>.

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The Gulf South Quality Network's leadership team would like to invite you to join our physician-led network. The GSQN is an innovative model for physician collaboration that establishes a new level of alignment and cooperation between and among our member physicians. The GSQN will create a structured, shared effort among our physicians around active and ongoing clinical, quality and efficiency initiatives that are designed to improve our health care services and create efficiencies for patients, health plans and employers. We believe our network offers physicians such as yourself, the opportunity to join a large, clinically integrated, multi-specialty network, while retaining your independence.

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Our membership currently consists of over 600 physician members who are actively engaged in ongoing efforts to improve the quality of care their patients receive while simultaneously working to control the cost and utilization of the healthcare services they provide. By coordinating patient care, physician members not only have the unique opportunity of providing higher healthcare value but also negotiating contracts with commercial payers as a group.

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