Independent pediatricians face a range of challenges in today’s healthcare environment, causing fragmentation of care. Accountable care organizations, minute clinics and adult practitioners are expanding into pediatrics, and the marketplace is consolidating. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta has responded to these pressures by working with independent pediatricians and specialists to form The Children’s Care Network (TCCN), a physician-led clinically integrated network.
What is a clinically integrated network?
A clinically integrated network is a collaboration between a hospital system and independent providers to improve patient outcomes at a community level. Children’s and community providers created a clinically integrated network to help strengthen freestanding pediatrics.
The Children’s Care Network (TCCN) was created through a partnership of community physicians—both primary care and specialists—and Children’s to strengthen pediatrics in Georgia and ensure better health outcomes for patients. At the core of TCCN is a commitment to the belief that children should receive the highest level of care from pediatricians and pediatric hospitals. Preserving the quality of care provided to our patients and families is the driving force behind the creation of this network.
Physicians and practices also benefit from a collaborative system that offers group purchasing power, cost savings and technical resources.
Why was TCCN created?
For an independent pediatric community to remain strong, Children’s and independent practices need to remain viable. Children’s and many of its community-based colleagues want to avoid care fragmentation for our kids. Physicians who focus on kids, in collaboration with a hospital system that focuses only on kids, produce better pediatric outcomes. TCCN assesses the needs of the community for providers and patients and works to meet those needs through the creation of programs and service offerings.
The Children’s Care Network provides resources to enhance quality of care, improve outcomes, and reduce costs in the inpatient and outpatient settings. As a member, you may negotiate with payers jointly with other independent network members.
Network benefits include:
- Technical resources: Information technology to facilitate efficient data sharing, identify care gaps and drive toward improved patient outcomes.
- Negotiating for performance value: Collaborative structure that is necessary to succeed in the marketplace as payers move to value-based payment mechanisms.
- Business support: Access to services and discounted purchasing arrangements that may help lower your operating expenses, as well as educational programs to aid practice sophistication.
- Nationally recognized pediatric expertise: Access to Children’s nationally recognized resources and expertise in addition to education on important clinical topics regarding the implementation of quality improvement methodologies.
How can my practice join TCCN?
Enrollment is currently open. The initial membership term for TCCN is one year, with annual automatic renewal of membership. The clinical integration process takes approximately 18 months.
To join TCCN, you must:
- Be a credentialed member of the Children’s professional staff.
- Be board certified or board eligible.
- Participate fully in the quality program by following evidence-based protocols to improve quality, expand patient access and reduce cost.
- Contribute your practice’s pre-adjudicated claims data.
- Pay annual membership dues that are determined through a fair market value assessment of the services the network provides.
Membership requirements and information about dues are detailed in the membership and participation agreement. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 404-785-0101 to request a copy. Members have the option to terminate without cause upon a 90-day notice.