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CI-Now™ Brings Clinical Integration to Health Care Providers
Date:7/1/2010

Lee Sacks, M.D., chief executive officer of Advocate Physician Partners (APP) and Rick Wesslund, chairman of BDC Advisors today announced the formation of CI-Now™, a new company that will assist health care organizations in building and successfully managing a clinically integrated hospital-physician network.

Mount Prospect, IL (Vocus) July 1, 2010 -- Lee Sacks, M.D., chief executive officer of Advocate Physician Partners (APP) and Rick Wesslund, chairman of BDC Advisors today announced the formation of CI-Now™, a new company that will assist health care organizations in building and successfully managing a clinically integrated hospital-physician network.

The new joint venture will market a set of tools, technologies, best practices and support infrastructure to hospital systems or physician groups seeking to accelerate the design and creation of a clinically integrated network as they begin the work of becoming an Accountable Care Organization (ACO).

“A clinically integrated network is the fundamental backbone of any hospital system or acute care hospital wanting to evolve into an Accountable Care Organization,” said Sacks. “CI-Now™ will enable operationalization of a network – a key strategic step for some systems as competition for contracts heats up.”

The goal of an ACO is to deliver coordinated and efficient care by creating collaboration among hospitals, physician and payers, a design seen by many lawmakers as an important step in health care reform.

Advocate Physician Partners (APP), is a joint venture between 3,400 plus employed and independent physicians and the Advocate Health Care network, which includes ten hospitals. APP operates as a clinically integrated n
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