Integrated Health Partners was incorporated in August 1995 as the Physician Hospital Organization of Battle Creek through a partnership between Battle Creek Health System (now Bronson Battle Creek) and the Calhoun County Physicians Organization, Inc. The Physician Hospital Organization of Battle Creek assumed the name Integrated Health Partners in 1997 to reflect its move toward integration.
IHP has over 170 affiliated physicians representing 34 different specialty areas. The majority of physicians practice in Calhoun County; however, physicians in selected specialties cover a six-county area. Battle Creek Health System is the largest hospital in Calhoun County and provides a wide array of services including general medical-surgical, obstetrical, cancer, and home health care services.
The mission of IHP is to continuously improve the health status of the communities it serves by promoting accessible, cost-effective, quality care and to provide value to its members (physicians and hospital). IHP’s main operational functions include credentialing and recredentialing of practitioners, providing utilization management and case management services, promoting quality improvement through engagement of practitioners in practice transformation, and managed care contracting. IHP has been certified by the National Committee on Quality Assurance (NCQA) in the areas of credentialing and recredentialing and utilization management since 1999.
IHP’s vision is to build a regional system of high quality health care through the cooperative efforts of physicians, providers, employers and payers. To that end, IHP leads a community-wide initiative called Calhoun County Pathways to Health. This initiative engages consumers and consumer advocates, physicians, other providers of care, community agencies, employers, and health plans in developing a transformed care system that will improve health care statistics in chronic disease and promote preventive care.
IHP leads quality efforts regionally through the physician learning collaborative model, an intensive year-long commitment by physician practices during which they develop improved care processes. In addition, it leads the community-wide Care Management Collaborative focused on improving care transitions across various health care settings.