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The Facts

SCICN-IE IS

  • A program led and managed by physicians on the medical staffs of St. Bernadine Medical Center and Community Hospital of San Bernardino.
  • A network of physicians opting to collaborate with the hospitals to utilize evidence-based, quality initiatives to improve quality and efficiency of care.
  • A network of physicians who will collectively negotiate with health plans and local self-insured employers for improvement in reimbursement, based on its ability to achieve quality benchmarks.

SCICN-IE IS NOT

  • Capitation.
  • A program led by hospitals.
  • Physician employment.
  • Costly to physicians.
  • An agreement that will put individual physician fees at risk.

Why physicians join SCICN

  • Clinical integration is a proven method to improve the quality and cost of patient care.
  • The network provides a support system for private practice physicians facing healthcare reform challenges.
  • Independent physicians are able to jointly contract with health plans for commercial patients, with recognition for achievement of quality benchmarks.
  • Physicians receive access to business intelligence information technology.
  • Physicians also receive visibility across the full continuum of care.

Benefits of joining SCICN-IE

Membership in SCICN-IE offers physicians:

  • Opportunity to collectively negotiate with commercial payers and local self-insured employers for improvement in reimbursement, based on our ability to achieve quality benchmarks.
  • Access to a robust, effective care management team to help you identify and manage your high-risk and rising-risk patients.
  • Free, no risk training ground to help you collaborate with other physicians to learn to effectively manage patients in the new fee-for-value healthcare environment.
  • Collaborate with other physicians who are committed to improve quality care and patient outcomes, as well as the efficiency and cost of care provided.

SCICN management

  • SCICN is physician-led. Its Board of Managers is physician-dominated with one hospital representative.
  • SCICN is sponsored by St. Bernadine Medical Center and Community Hospital of San Bernardino.

Zero enrollment costs

  • There are no enrollment costs.
  • There are no ongoing participation fees.

Did you know?

  • Membership in the Southern California Integrated Care Network: Inland Empire (SCICN-IE) is non-exclusive and does not limit a physician’s ability to contract with health plans independently or through another clinical integration program, accountable care organization (ACO), independent practice association (IPA), physician organization (PO) or physician hospital organization (PHO).
  • SCICN-IE will focus on new and innovative payer agreements available only through SCICN-IE.
  • Each potential payer agreement with SCICN-IE is carefully reviewed by the physician Board to ensure it presents a real or potential economic benefit to physicians.
  • You can terminate your participation at any time, for any reason, upon a 60 day notice.
  • All quality initiatives and physician participation criteria are developed by SCICN-IE physicians.
  • Quality performance is measured across your entire patient population, not just that of a single insurance company. You have access to a web-based tool with the ability to compare yourself against local, regional and national quality benchmarks.
  • Any information you share with SCICN-IE is confidential. It is used to measure performance and identify opportunities for improvement, to assist you in improving your quality scores and for demonstrating the overall performance of SCICN-IE to the community.
  • Physicians compose a significant majority of the SCICN-IE Board of Managers.