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Clinical Integration Enables Leading Health Systems to Deliver Higher Quality, Cost-Effective Care
Date:9/6/2011

y Board Company, a global research, consulting, and technology services firm serving a membership of more than 2,900 of the world's leading health care organizations.  

CRIMSON is a division of The Advisory Board Company that helps hospitals and health systems advance quality goals and secure cost savings by providing data, business intelligence, and other services to eliminate inefficiencies in care delivery.  CRIMSON's ability to provide detailed cost and quality data across the continuum of care -- encompassing inpatient, outpatient, and ambulatory settings -- is a key component in many best-practice Clinical Integration programs.

Covenant Health Partners is the Physician Hospital Organization arm of Covenant Health System, a five-hospital system in Lubbock, Texas.  Founded in 2007, Covenant Health Partners today includes over 300 community-based physicians, half of whom are employed by Covenant Medical Group and half of whom are independent physicians in the community.  As a CI network, the organization has entered into several contracts and has achieved exceptional gains in clinical performance, including reducing average length of stay by 1.1 days and eliminating incidence of ventilator-associated pneumonia cases for 18 months.  

"Physicians have responded well to our model for engaging them in the Clinical Integration program, especially the 'self service' component," said Michael Camacho, COO, Covenant Health Partners.  "To be eligible for shared savings, both employed and independent physicians are required to log in and review their own severity-adjusted cost and quality performance data that is benchmarked against their peers.  Last year, 80% of physicians in the program logged in to examine their data and are a driving force toward positively impacting patient outcomes and quality metrics."

Covenant Health Partners is currently working with CRIMSON to address population management.  Joh
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