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Published on September 12, 2017

CIN Transforms Healthcare With Physician-led Network

Centrus LogoTo improve quality and efficiency of care, more than 2,000 physicians have joined forces to develop a physician-led Clinically Integrated Network, Centrus Health. They represent the employed medical groups of North Kansas City Hospital, including Meritas Health, Shawnee Mission Health and The University of Kansas Health System, as well as independent practice physicians, including the Kansas City Metropolitan Physician Association. The three health systems, which provided the investment, and KCMPA came together to develop the infrastructure necessary to form Centrus Health.

Advancing Care

Recognizing that escalating healthcare costs are much more than just a hospital or physician practice issue, a CIN allows healthcare providers to work collaboratively and legally across the continuum of care to:

  • Improve the value of healthcare for patients, payers and employers
  • Drive consumers to high-value providers
  • Demonstrate superior quality to current and future patients
  • Strengthen alignment and engagement with employed and independent physicians to deliver value-based care and support other initiatives
  • Share the investment cost of establishing a population health infrastructure, technology and analytics through economies of scale
  • Position the organization to survive and thrive regardless of the uncertainty of public policy


Creating a CIN is a key step toward providing effective population health management for the region, which includes improving coordination of care for patients. “We want to take care of our community by focusing on delivering higher quality care at a lower cost by offering the right care at the right place at the right time,” said NKCH Vice President of Revenue and Business Development Becky Fisk. “This also means remaining committed to being an independent facility that supports all of our physicians, both employed and independent. Together, we can better compete in the managed care world.”

Laying the Groundwork

A group of physicians has begun reviewing and selecting specialty-specific initiatives that align with local quality efforts, association standards and programs, and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ programs and regulations. The quality program is the core around which Centrus Health will build consensus for best practices, reduce variation in care delivery and move toward delivering high quality, cost-effective care.

In addition, Centrus Health is developing a health information technology infrastructure to secure, collect, analyze and understand data from all participating providers. Using forums, providers will work together to understand and use this data to drive change. The IT infrastructure is one of the critical components required by the Federal Trade Commission for a CIN program. It represents a significant investment, but will create a platform that will serve the needs of this partnership now and into the future.

Centrus Health will be in full operation as a high-quality select network for government, commercial payers and employers beginning in January 2018.

Participating Providers

Centrus Health’s physician-led governance includes a 12-member Board of Governors; an executive director who oversees two workgroups – the Communications and Network Development Workgroup and the Practice Operations Workgroup; and three committees – the Care Delivery and Quality Committee, Quality Performance Improvement Committee, and Payment Transformation and Finance Committee.

Representing NKCH, Meritas Health and NKCH’s independent physicians in various roles are:

Meritas Health employed physicians will automatically be included in Centrus Health. Independent physicians may contact NKCH Vice President of Revenue and Business Development Becky Fisk at Becky.Fisk@nkch.org for information about joining.