January/February 2007

List of Most Highly Integrated Health Care Networks Includes Three from Catholic Health Initiatives

Three Catholic Health Initiatives’ organizations are included in the 2007 IHN 100®, an annual assessment of the 100 most highly integrated health care networks (IHNs). The list, compiled by Verispan and published in the February 5 issue of Modern Healthcare, includes Franciscan Health System, Tacoma, Wash., at number 8; Alegent Health, Omaha, Neb., at number 13; and TriHealth, Cincinnati, Ohio, at number 25. To compile the tenth annual list, Verispan evaluated 570 non-specialty, local and regional health care networks in the U.S. Each network was graded on its ability to operate as a unified organization in eight categories: integration, integrated technology, contractual capabilities, outpatient utilization, financial stability, hospital
utilization, services and access, and physicians.