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Western Clinical Alliance

What Is the Western Clinical Alliance®?

The Western Clinical Alliance® is a Clinically Integrated Network (CIN) which joins together health system employed and private practice physicians, across our community and in collaboration with Renown Health and other care providers, into a single comprehensive care delivery network, with a shared, common set of goals focused on increasing value by improving outcomes and better managing the total cost of care for patients.

How we will accomplish this goal?

  • Work well together – creating seamless clinical experiences for patients that transcend location or entity means physicians will lead, and have access to clinical information to improve care and reduce costs. 
  • Have a common vision of success – managing the health of our community with a focus on the patient, and their unique health and care needs.
  • Strive for Excellence – Western Clinical Alliance® aspires to have physicians who are committed to value and continuously improving all aspects of the care and service they provide to our community. 

Who can join the Western Clinical Alliance®?

Qualified providers who are aligned with this vision are invited to participate. The Western Clinical Alliance® fosters and supports collaboration among providers to achieve the IHI Triple Aim. Western Clinical Alliance® is powered by Renown Health. 

What will members do?

Members collaborate in improving the quality, safety, efficiency and sustainability of health care in our community by joining with a broad spectrum of health system employed and private-practice physicians who are committed to work together to direct, design and govern the the Western Clinical Alliance®. The physician-led team works to develop new care models, apply best practices, monitor and share performance with a focus on improving health while honoring patient preferences. Data is shared freely. Quality goals are shared, aligned and consistent across the system.

May I maintain the autonomy of my practice?

Yes. Physicians and practices maintain their private status and operational autonomy while sharing in the resources and benefits of the CIN capabilities including; improved coordination among practices, transparency in data sharing, goal setting, and collaborative clinical process design and decision making. In addition, this group has access to value-added services offerings such as Electronic Medical Record and group purchasing.

How is a Clinically Integrated Network different than an insurance company?

While many of the administrative functions within a CIN are similar to those in an insurance company, there are several key differences. Being clinically integrated means that physicians and care providers share clinical data, they review that data together and work to improve outcomes. Sharing clinical data and patients’ records enables enhanced clinical decision making that encompasses the patient’s full story. Additionally, setting protocols and clinical guidance happens within the governance of the Western Clinical Alliance® which is physician-led.  That means that physicians who are a part of the Western Clinical Alliance® are also a part of setting the accountability for the CIN to improve outcomes, provide outstanding experiences, and lower costs.  

Is the Western Clinical Alliance® a replacement for the ACO?

No, while the goals are aligned, the ACO is specific to people covered by Medicare. 

Can a practice/provider contract with both the Western Clinical Alliance® and the ACO?

Yes

What is the anticipated beneficiary enrollment for the Western Clinical Alliance®?

Our goal is to take to market a value proposition that will be attractive to payers covering the vast majority of lives in the communities we serve.  The first population that will be accessing care through Western Clinical Alliance, are populations covered through Hometown Health.  They include both commercial and Medicare advantage populations. 

Are there physicians on the Board? If so, who are the physicians?

The vast majority of board members will be physicians The board has not been finalized but will include individuals from Renown Medical group, with an emphasis on Primary Care, as well as strong representation from community physicians who are in specialties that represent large areas of spend within the populations for which we are at risk. 

Will there be exclusivity by specialty?

Participation criteria will be established by the governance of the CIN and is a bedrock of the safe harbors established by developing a Clinically Integrated Network.  Participation will be based on criteria. 

How do I join? Where can I hear more?

If you are a physician interested in learning more about Western Clinical Alliance®, please feel free to reach out to Bethany Sexton – Renown Health Chief Transformation Officer at Renown Health, bethany.sexton@renown.org

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Western Clinical Alliance® is a Clinically Integrated Network (CIN) which joins together health system-employed and private practice physicians, across our community and in collaboration with Renown Health and other care providers, into a single comprehensive care delivery network.

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