Merger? Affiliation? Strategic partnership? Hospitals and systems are seeking scale in an unprecedented manner. Smaller organizations will struggle to compete in a market obsessed with generating scale, especially given the investment and organizational energy required to develop a system’s clinical integration approach and infrastructure.
According to Hohenstein, a clinically integrated network (CIN) spanning multiple organizations, or super CIN, can be an alternative to merger for organizations that want to retain their independence yet not go it alone in creating the infrastructure and capabilities to participate in shared savings contracting.