Wednesday, May 15, 2019
The Norman Physician Hospital Organization (NPHO) has changed its name and renewed its focus to improving outcomes and controlling costs for people seeking medical treatment in Cleveland County.
NHealth, formerly NPHO, is a clinically integrated network comprised of primary and specialty care providers, physicians and Norman Regional Health System.
“NHealth is a physician-led organization,” said Eric Thompson, MD, president of NHealth and local physician. “NHealth network physicians maintain their independence, but work together to develop clinical protocols and performance measures.”
Membership in NHealth is voluntary for physicians.
The benefit for the community is a network of healthcare providers working together to improve patients’ outcomes, said Meegan Carter, vice president of population health and wellness at Norman Regional Health System. The NHealth network can also engage in value-based contracting with payers and employers to control costs.
“A clinically integrated network is an important piece of the puzzle for a community,” Thompson said. “Because of this network physicians and the hospital can work alongside to manage the health of the communities we serve.”
Clinical integration involves both employed and independent physicians and the health system working together, Carter said. Objectives include Identifying and adopting clinical protocols to treat particular disease states, developing systems to monitor the effectiveness of the adopted protocols, exchanging data to identify trends, holding each member of the network accountable for compliance with network processes, rewarding physicians for achieving quality care in a way that recognizes the physician’s efforts, and sharing savings from reducing the cost of care for a specific payer.
NHealth has four committees, each comprised of and led by a physician. The committees are: finance, quality, information & technology and engagement.