Why are Health Center Controlled Networks Important?
A health center controlled network (HCCN) improves the ability to provide quality health care, facilitates collaborator synergies and promotes information sharing. Networks generate economies of scale. HCCNs are able to pool resources, including capital, technology, and expertise. Each collaborator/member, however, still remains autonomous. The structure of the network is designed to protect and strengthen centers as well as maintain individual boards. The senior management of the collaborators/members generally forms the network board and governs the network.
As the marketplace continues to become more competitive, safety net providers need to find ways to expand the services they offer and to retain talented staff. Participation in an HCCN is one way to address these issues. By working together, safety net providers in HCCNs can share personnel and resources in key administrative areas to leverage resources and reduce cost. They can also address other issues that affect all their organizations, such as reducing fragmentation of health services and/or developing culturally and linguistically appropriate patient documents.
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