Physician Hospital Organization FAQs

What is Inspira Health Partners?

Inspira Health Partners (IHP) is a Physician Hospital Organization (PHO). PHOs are groups of doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers, who come together voluntarily to promote the provision of higher quality, more coordinated and efficient care for individuals, improved health for populations, and lower per capita growth in expenditures. IHP is physician-led and supported by Inspira Health.


What is a Clinically Integrated Network?

A Clinically Integrated Network (CIN) is a group of healthcare providers, such as physicians, hospitals, and post-acute care treatment providers, who work together to improve patient care, reduce healthcare costs and improve the overall health and well-being of the community. CINs support these efforts by contracting together to help achieve their goals in a manner that complies with applicable health care regulations. To consistently offer quality care among their participating providers, CINs focus on evidence-based care guidelines such as prevention strategies, acute treatment and ongoing condition maintenance.


Why should I join Inspira Health Partners?

The goal of coordinated care is to ensure that patients, especially the chronically ill, get the right care at the right time and in the right setting, while avoiding unnecessary duplication of services and preventing medical errors. When a PHO succeeds both in delivering high-quality care and spending health care dollars more wisely, its members share in the savings it achieves through the insurance companies. Joining IHP will help to prepare your practice for future models of care delivery as payers begin to shift from fee-for-service to value-based care models. What’s more, membership in IHP will allow your practice to participate in shared savings programs as well as receive improved rates from participating payers.


What are the goals of Inspira Health Partners?

Inspira Health Partners is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of our communities by making positive change in the way we provide care. A key element of that strategy is the pursuit of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Triple Aim: improved patient experience of care, better health for our population and reduced cost. IHP was created to support a clinically integrated network that: 1) develops tools to improve quality of care and reduce costs, such as clinical protocols, quality and utilization monitoring tools, and population health management programs; and 2) sponsors patient centered medical homes, accountable care organizations, bundled payment programs, shared savings programs, and pay-for-performance efforts in the transition from fee-for-service to value-based payment models.



Do I need an electronic health record system in my practice to participate?

An EHR is required to participate. The ability to share digital medical information is key to the mission of IHP to improve quality while reducing costs.


Do IHP members have to be employed by Inspira Health Network?

No, members of IHP represent both providers who are employed by Inspira Health as well as independent physicians in group and private practices.