Frequently Asked Questions
What is clinical integration?
"Clinical integration" is the coordination of care across a range of services. These services include preventative, outpatient, inpatient acute hospital care, post-acute care, rehabilitation, home health services, and palliative care. The goal is to improve the value of the care provided.
What is the Bayhealth Physician Alliance?
Bayhealth and private-practice physician leaders have come together to form a clinically-integrated network known as the Bayhealth Physician Alliance (BPA). Currently, there are more than 270 providers representing more than 65 practices throughout Central and Southern Delaware participating in the alliance.
BPA is physician-led and is financially and administratively supported by Bayhealth. Member physicians determined the BPA’s organizational structure and the evidence-based clinical quality initiatives that will improve quality and reduce overall costs.
How is a clinically integrated network structured?
In a clinically integrated network, primary care physicians, specialty physicians, hospitals, and other providers including pharmacists, social workers, post-acute care providers, and other clinicians work together to develop policies and procedures to improve care delivery. Tools are introduced that track providers’ clinical performance and outcomes. Care plans are reviewed and compared to care path guidelines to identify opportunities for improvement.
What type of data will be gathered and how will it be used?
Each physician practice houses its data in a secure electronic health record (EHR). Information that is stored in the EHR is sent to a secure clinical data repository within the business intelligence software, called Covisint. Only the data pertinent to the patient’s care can be viewed by physician practices. HIPAA guidelines apply to this exchange of information.
How will my private practices benefit from becoming a member of the Bayhealth Physician Alliance?
As health care reform unfolds nationwide and across Delaware, we know that physicians who participate actively in clinically integrated networks such as the BPA are much better positioned to survive and thrive as health care evolves from volume-based to value-based payment.
How do I learn more about becoming a member of the Bayhealth Physician Alliance?
For more information or to become a member of BPA, please contact Michele Postles, Project Management Coordinator, at 302-744-6808 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.