What is a CIN?

Clinical integration is an effort among physicians, in collaboration with hospitals and health systems, to develop active and ongoing clinical initiatives designed to control costs and improve the quality and delivery of healthcare services. Successful CINs involve a variety of high-performing primary care providers and specialists working in coordination with hospitals and health systems to deliver superior care to their patients. Being clinically integrated allows the collective network of physicians and hospitals to contract directly with employers and payers.

Why did you establish a network?

As individual health systems, each of our organizations has demonstrated progress in redesigning our care models and implementing innovative solutions to withstand the challenges of a rapidly changing healthcare environment.

Together, we believe our similar patient-centered cultures, our ability to leverage technology and share data and our combined clinical and administrative expertise better positions us to meet the health needs of Missouri and beyond. 

How does MPact benefit patients?

This collaboration among providers benefits patients by accelerating improvements in healthcare quality, care coordination and access. We’re very focused on what consumers want and need, now and in the future. MPact Health is designed to deliver value: low cost, high quality and high satisfaction.

Why did these health systems in particular choose to collaborate?

These organizations have been meeting together for several years to share best practices, focusing on service delivery transformation, information technology, preparation of the workforce for the future and population health principles. We all share a commitment to patient- and family-centered care, and to improving healthcare quality, access to care and patient satisfaction. MPact Health provides a more formal structure for collaboration among the three health systems.

Are other hospitals and health systems welcome to join MPact?

We are open to meeting with other provider organizations that share MPact’s commitment to improving healthcare quality and patient satisfaction, expanding access to care and lowering healthcare costs.

Is MPact Health an ACO?

No, the new collaborative is structured to allow members to work together as equal partners on common goals while enabling each health system to serve the healthcare needs of its communities and preserve its independence and unique identity.

Do you share data?

Yes, we have a formal data-sharing agreement which allows us to work together to improve patient outcomes.

Is this a merger between healthcare organizations?

No, MPact Health members work together as equal partners on common goals, while enabling each health system to serve the healthcare needs of its communities and preserve its independence and unique identity.

Are you targeting payers or offering a health insurance product?

We are open to considering all solutions that offer high quality, better access and lower costs to those we serve.

Are there teaching/educational opportunities for MU students with network members?

Both Mercy and Mosaic Life Care have had longstanding relationships (10 years – Mercy; 15+ years – Mosaic Life Care) as community partners with MU’s School of Medicine. Both health systems collaborate with the MU School of Medicine and the Southwest and Northwest Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) to train medical students through the medical school’s Rural Track Pipeline Program. As the state’s leading educator of physicians practicing in Missouri, the MU School of Medicine is in a key position to improve the supply and distribution of physicians in rural Missouri. We believe the MPact collaborative has the potential to expand learning opportunities for MU medical students.

What’s the governance structure for MPact Health?

Find more information on our governance structure here.

Does MPact have an administrator?

Yes, Dirck Clark of Kansas City, who formerly served as chief strategy officer for Mosaic Life Care, serves as president of MPact Health.