New Book Outlines Important Clinical Integration Considerations

    View Authors September 2015

    Squire Patton Boggs is pleased to announce the publication of Clinical Integration: A Pathway to 21st Century US Healthcare, an e-book co-authored by partner Peter A. Pavarini, co-leader of the firm’s Healthcare Practice Group, and Kenneth H. Cohn M.D.

    Clinical integration is a legal arrangement for healthcare provider integration that involves a carefully structured collaboration of healthcare professionals to provide coordinated care across multiple settings that improves quality and safety, increases efficiency, delivers high patient and family satisfaction, and is based as much as possible on evidence-based medicine. Becoming “clinically integrated” is one important avenue by which providers can engage in joint contracting activities while avoiding scrutiny under the antitrust laws.

    In the past, physicians handled clinical matters while healthcare administrators handled finance and operations. Today, their roles have blurred, for example, in efforts to decrease hospital-acquired conditions and readmissions. Moreover, reimbursement is beginning to involve risk-sharing, which requires healthcare professionals to work together more closely to provide coordinated care.

    The 21-page e-book is now available for US $2.99 on Amazon