“Integration” is changing the competitive advantage for health and human service provider organizations—and with it, changing the parameters of financial sustainability. Integration brings with it value-based reimbursement, consolidation, and leverage of technology. To remain market relevant means providing old services in new ways, and developing new services.
Unfortunately, there is no specific definition or a single type of integration. Integrated care models vary in how information is shared, how services are delivered, and the financial incentives among the stakeholders. For this reason, integration models often vary significantly from one market to the next.
The types of integration models . . .