Clinical integration (CI) is a legal arrangement that allows hospitals and physicians to collaborate to improve quality and efficiency while remaining independent entities. In a CI program, physicians—often in concert with hospital partners—make a significant cultural commitment to hospital clinical performance infrastructure and initiatives.
To support these efforts, independent and employed physicians may jointly negotiate for commercial payer contracts if they are able to achieve meaningful cost and quality goals. Along the continuum of hospital-physician collaboration options, CI requires less alignment than full employment.
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