MultiCare, UW Medicine, and LifePoint Health to partner on new clinically integrated network

Earlier this month, MultiCare Health System, UW Medicine, and LifePoint Health announced they would partner together to form Embright – a new clinically integrated network (CIN) serving the Pacific Northwest. Taken together, the organizations represent 14 hospitals, 6,500 providers, and over 600 outpatient sites of care.

 

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Embright is headquartered in Seattle and aims to bring together the health care organizations to improve quality and affordability of care. According to Embright, this will be achieved by placing an emphasis on collaboration, clinical integration through shared best practices and evidence-based care pathways, innovation of novel care models, sustainability, and increased clinical quality and member engagement.

Dr. Christopher Kodama, the President and CEO of Embright, says that one of the key benefits of the partnership is that it brings together components of the “health ecosystem” that are often siloed.

“What’s most exciting to me is this is really somewhat of an unprecedented type of organization,” says Kodama. “This partnership is creating a vehicle in which to bring all of the different components of the health ecosystem – like payers, purchasers, brokers, providers – together into a more synchronized and collaborative view around how to plan on improving population health faster.”

“When you can get the provider and the consumer of services at the same table with some of these other facilitators, I think you can get to problem solving faster.”

In 2017, MultiCare and UW Medicine announced a new alliance with the goal of improving access and quality of care. The creation of a CIN has been a priority since the partnership was first announced.

Multicare is also a member of the UW Medicine Accountable Care Network, but Kodama says that the new CIN will allow for deeper clinical integration and will allow them to share information faster.

With Kodama at the helm, Embright also recently announced the hiring of Dr. Shawn West to serve as Chief Medical Officer. West previously was Medical Director for Collaborative Health Care Solutions at Premera of Washington and Alaska, and is a Governor-appointed member of the Washington State Robert Bree Collaborative.

Kodama says one of the first orders of business for the new CIN is to continue building its team.

“We’re building the team and we’re open to and entertaining conversations with interested partners who want to bring new products to the market. Those are probably the two biggest buckets that we’re focused on at the moment. And then continuing to grow our network.”