Accountable care organizations and clinically integrated networks are similar in that they are both characterized by a network of physicians, hospitals, and other healthcare providers voluntarily working together to improve care at lower costs.
ACOs can often be described as “clinically integrated,” but CINs are different from ACOs in that they are a distinct legal entity.
Why are clinically integrated networks important in healthcare?
Clinically integrated networks (CINs) serve an important role in achieving the “triple aim” of healthcare: a better patient experience, improved population health, and lower healthcare costs.
Because of their commitment to communication and care coordination, CINs also help to improve documentation, quality performance, and physician accountability. With an increasing number of value-based contracts, these things help to ensure the providers maintain excellent care quality and risk no decrease in payor reimbursements.