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FTC approves health care integration program for Norman

The Norman Physician Hospital Organization four years ago requested an FTC ruling on a proposed clinical integration program. The favorable opinion came last week.
by Paula Burkes Published: February 20, 2013
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All health care providers can see a patient's complete medical history, which saves time and reduces potential errors during the treatment process, Chief Medical Officer Brian Yeaman said.

Stephen Connery, board chairman of the NPHO, said the local partnership leads the nation in its unique ability to match physicians and hospitals for patient care. “In the NPHO model, the physicians and hospitals are creating a network and quality improvement programs that must first prove better patient outcomes, care coordination and cost containment,” Connery said.

Last week's FTC ruling makes NPHO the fourth health care organization in the nation — the first in Oklahoma — to receive this favorable opinion, said Kelly Wells, spokeswoman for Norman Regional Health System. The others are MedSouth Denver, Greater Rochester Independent Practice Association and TriState Health Partners in Hagerstown, Md.

by Paula Burkes
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A 1981 journalism graduate of Oklahoma State University, Paula Burkes has more than 30 years experience writing and editing award-winning material for newspapers and healthcare, educational and telecommunications institutions in Tulsa, Oklahoma...
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