What is a CIN

What is a Clinically Integrated Network (CIN)?

Meeting today’s healthcare quality and cost-control standards through clinical collaboration and shared resources.

Over the past 10–20 years, major developments affecting how physicians practice and get paid—ranging from legislative mandates like the Affordable Care Act and the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act to the impact of consolidating health-insurance payers—have reshaped the healthcare industry. 

One of the effects has been that physicians feel increased pressure to consolidate into large organizations, such as health systems and hospital-based physician enterprises, due to the increasing technological, administrative, and operational costs and complexity that the current healthcare environment has created.

Yet many physicians and patients continue to value the many benefits of care delivery through private practices—decentralized clinical decision-making, a more personalized, patient-focused approach to care, and more control over the work environment, staffing, and operations, to name just a few.

A clinically integrated network is a group of healthcare providers, such as primary care physicians and specialists, who have formed an alliance to share knowledge, expertise, and resources, with the goal of achieving quality outcomes while reducing costs.

Most CINs are operated by hospitals and health systems that allow individual physicians, ranging from solo practitioners to physicians employed by private group practices, to join the network, gaining access to institutional resources such as electronic medical record (EMR) systems, evidence-based clinical decision support systems, and tools to help physicians document outcomes and demonstrate eligibility for value-based payments. CINs also give physicians the advantages of a large group’s greater negotiating capability with payers and vendors. 

However, the PA Clinical Network—the CIN operated by the Care Centered Collaborative at the Pennsylvania Medical Society—is a special category of CIN known as a physician CIN, made up of physician-owned practices who work together to scale resources for better patient care while simultaneously maintaining their autonomy. 

To learn more about the unique value propositions that the PA Clinical Network offers private practices here in Pennsylvania, visit our “Why PA Clinical Network?” page, send an email to ktaylor@pennsylvaniacin.com , or call 570-702-1152.