CHE Trinity Health Michigan has 13 hospitals, nine nursing homes, 27 senior living communities, 10 home health agencies and six hospices with $3.4 billion in operating revenue in 2013.
CHE Trinity Health, the parent system, is the second largest Catholic system in the nation, with 86 hospitals, 3,200 employed doctors, 87,000 employees in 20 states with annual operating revenue of $13.3 billion last year.
While clinically integrated networks are not new – more than 500 exist in the U.S., according to The Advisory Board Co. – the formation of a clinically integrated network between competing health systems is a newer trend, said Dr. Dennis Weaver, executive vice president of consulting and management services at The Advisory Board.
“As we move from fee-for-service to fee- for-value, you need to be successful in population health management.
CHE Trinity and Ascension Health are two of several health systems that have signed performance-based contracts with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan. The reimbursement contracts give hospitals financial incentives for working closely with physicians to improve quality and safety while reducing unnecessary tests, hospitalizations and diagnostic procedures.
“Our clinically integrated networks are in various stages of maturation,” said Dr. Paul Harkaway, Trinity's vice president of clinical integration. “We will take the various entities already formed and roll them into the statewide company.”
By Jan. 1, Together Health plans to begin providing care to patients through new managed care contracts.
“We want to have a single signature for employers,” Maryland said. “We want to build trust and shorten the distance between the payer and the patient.”