In 2011, more than 4,000 physicians participated in the Advocate Physician Partners' Clinical Integration Program, collaborating on 57 initiatives that consisted of 158 quality measures. But the program did not begin there.
In 2004, Advocate Physician Partners' membership totaled 2,700 - with 2,100 independent physicians and 600 employed physicians. Physician membership was contingent upon meeting 6 criteria that included high speed internet in the office and claims submission using Electronic Data Interchange (EDI). Today, Advocate Physician Partners physician members are required to meet 22 criteria. The significant growth in membership is attributed to physicians' recognition of the value the Program can provide to them and their patients.
Advocate Physician Partners' Growth in Physician Membership
Advocate Physician Partners has also continued to develop the Clinical Integration Program by adding new initiatives and measures each year, as well as increasing goals until performance levels have been maximized.
Advocate Physician Partners' Growth in Clinical Integration Measures
In addition to the growth in membership and aggressive performance measures, the physician members of Advocate Physician Partners provide care to an increasing number of patients each year - ultimately serving a larger percentage of people in the communities in which they practice.