Clinical Integration Consulting

A catalyst for population health

Clinical Integration

Hospital-physician alignment is critical under all value-based payment scenarios, and only two alignment models meet the criteria needed for population health management: extensive employment and clinical integration (“CI”).

Although extensive employment technically meets the criteria, few organizations will be able to pursue broad value-based arrangements without partnering with independent physicians. Success under value-based payment thus requires health systems to create a physician performance platform that goes beyond the confines of contractual relationships while accommodating a pluralistic medical staff. CI serves as that platform, enfranchising both employed and independent physicians, and building the foundation for success under value-based payment.

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How we help

Our team has partnered in the development of nearly 100 CI networks across the country.

We work with organizations to facilitate rapid process design of a CI network. Our work extends beyond that—we provide project management to build the CI network and formally launch the program, and we have expert interim management resources to support full network deployment and oversee CI network operations once it is up and running.

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Laurie Sprung, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President

Laurie Sprung, PhD, MPH, serves as the practice leader for our value-based care practice. She also serves as Executive Director of Advisory Board Consulting and is responsible for overseeing the development and management of new programs and services, including the cultivation of new business opportunities for the firm within the areas of accountable care and overall physician alignment strategy.


Chris Rowe
Senior Vice President

Chris Rowe, Senior Vice President on the value-based care team, specializes in strategic planning, business growth and development, physician partnering, and financial management. Chris brings 18 years of progressive health care and advisory experience to clients, including the successful planning and direction of activities that improve physician-hospital relationships, revenue, operational efficiency, and quality of care.

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Executive Roundtable Session

Although CI has grown exponentially over the past few years, many health system leaders still have questions about this new model of alignment. We have assisted nearly 100 organizations in their efforts to build CI programs and can provide you with the answers you need to make an informed decision.

In a 90-minute Executive Roundtable Session, we will lead a discussion with your executive team on:

  1. Why the characteristics of clinical integration make it an ideal model in a value-based environment
  2. How to determine if clinical integration is right for your organization and formulate the CI strategy and roadmap
  3. How to implement the CI strategy, including establishing the network, developing the initiatives, optimizing performance management processes, and engaging the payer and employer community

This session is designed specifically for the executive leadership team, including the CEO, CFO, COO, and Vice Presidents of Physician Integration, Strategy, and Business Development to enable a productive and meaningful discussion among your leadership team.

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