The health care industry is continuously evolving. This transformation of health care nationally is providing CHI St. Vincent the opportunity to develop groundbreaking ways to manage the health of populations (verses individuals) different than we have ever done so before.
One of the innovative opportunities invested in across CHI and the country is the creation of clinically integrated networks (CIN). A CIN is a group of local providers that are collaborating and coordinating care through shared clinical information and common goals to improve the health of their patients and community. This type of approach toward health care shifts the focus from reactive sick care to proactive preventive well care.
In partnership with integrated and non-integrated physicians, CHI St. Vincent has formed Arkansas Health Network (AHN) as our CIN serving central Arkansas. AHN is made up of over 630 providers, including primary care and specialty physicians, ancillary services and all of the CHI St. Vincent providers and locations. Arkansas Health Network was created to focus on improving the health of defined health care populations. Currently, AHN is managing nearly 10,000 Medicare patients and is looking to double that as it expands into Hot Springs. Other populations will be added such as commercially-insured populations and large employers as they look to move to a more proactive approach to managing their patient populations.
Additionally, the CHI St. Vincent Medical Plan is evolving to incorporate AHN as a tool to assist in the overall health management of the CHI St. Vincent employees and dependents. As a result, in the future when you utilize AHN for your health needs, you act as the voice of the consumer for this new type of network.