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Health Provider Services Organization (HPSO)

Clinical Integration Network

South Shore Clinical Integration Network is a dynamic group of physicians and other care providers who represent South Shore Hospital’s broad Medical Staff. The Network’s purpose is to strengthen clinical processes, communication and coordination to improve quality, efficiency and the patient care experience.

HPSO has established the Network to help physicians and South Shore Hospital succeed in light of reforms that are changing how health care is provided and paid for. HPSO recognizes that South Shore Hospital and its Medical Staff members must be true partners in redesigning patient care delivery. The Network is focused on coordinating care to help ensure that patients, especially the chronically ill, get the right care at the right time, with the goal of avoiding unnecessary duplication of services and preventing medical errors.

The physician leadership of the Clinical Integration Network has selected three initial priorities:

- Reduce 30-day inpatient readmissions
- Reduce returns to the emergency department within 72 hours
- Enhance patients' likelihood to recommend our care

Participation in the Clinical Integration Network is open to all interested Medical Staff members.  Joining the Network starts by completing a Participating Provider Agreement.

All participating providers in the Network will share patient data related to these and future clinical integration priorities.  The data will be used to illustrate clinical integration progress, enhance patient care, and identify ease-of-practice opportunities.  Data collected by the Clinical Integration Network is not linked to provider compensation.  Data is expected to help participating providers meet performance targets in their existing health insurance contracts.  

Working within the Clinical Integration Network-Testimonial

Justin Campbell, MD, Radiology, South Shore Hospital (video)

South Shore Clinical Integration Network has four primary goals:

  • Create multi-disciplinary clinical teams to better serve patients through improvements in coordination of care;
  • Draw on best clinical practices to reduce unwarranted variation and improve quality of care for patient populations;
  • Reduce total medical expense (TME) for patient populations; and
  • Provide an opportunity to improve performance on existing contracts.

Collaborative Decision Making




South Shore Clinical Integration Network engages Medical Staff and Administrative leaders in collaborative decision-making about how care should be redesigned for improved satisfaction, quality and efficiency.

The Network provides value to South Shore Hospital Medical Staff members by:

  • Improving quality and efficiency of patient care;
  • Providing a mechanism for physicians to participate in improving a system of care they know needs to change;
  • Enhancing collaboration with physician colleagues across the continuum of care;
  • Providing access, through SSPAE infrastructure, to performance reporting and information technology support services; and
  • Helping physicians be prepared as healthcare reform comes to the South Shore.

The Clinical Integration Governance Council is charged with:

  • Creating the Participating Physician Agreement (PPA),
  • Creating and maintaining high levels of physician engagement and ownership of the Clinical Integration Network,
  • Guiding the development of a performance evaluation system, and
  • Supporting the execution of an effective Clinical Integration Network branding and communications strategy

The Clinical Integration Governance Council members include:

  • Clinical Inegration Governance Council

    Clinical Programs members (seated l-r): Drs. Scott Blanchard and Justin Campbell; Joe Cahill, COO, and Nat Welch

    Michael Ayers, MD, HPSO Chair of the Board, South Shore Orthopedics, LLC
  • Scott Blanchard, MD, HPSO Board Member,
  • George Clairmont, MD, Compass Medical Associates
  • John Feldman, MD, South Shore Hospital Medical Staff President , South Shore Urology
  • Peter Grape, MD, Harbor Medical Associates
  • Tim Lynch, MD, Atrius Health/South Shore Medical Center
  • Vincent Mangili, MD, HPSO Board Member, South Shore Anesthesiology
  • Karen McLoughlin, VP/Executive Director, HPSO
  • John Stevenson, MD, South Shore Hospital Chief Medical Officer
  • Pam Whelton, President/COO South Shore Physician Ambulatory Enterprise
  • Matt Whalen, VP/Executive Director, South Shore Physician Hospital Organization (SSPHO)

The Clinical Programs Committee is charged with:

  • Clinical Integration Task Force

    Clinical Programs Committee members (seated l-r): Dr. Brad Sampson, Matt Moss, IT; Drs. Christo Shakr, Matthew Weiss, and Benjamin Kerman

    Agreeing to a set of criteria for selecting the metrics to be used in the Clinical Integration Network
  • Reviewing the roster of more than 100 metrics against the agreed-upon criteria, and
  • Selecting a preliminary set of metrics to include in the initial provider performance scorecard

The Clinical Programs Committee members include:

  • Jann Ahern, RN, South Shore Hospital Home Care Division
  • Ben Asfaw, South Shore Hospital Quality Improvement
  • Brian Battista, MD, Harbor Medical Associates
  • Robert Belknap, MD, Child and Adolescent Health Specialists, PC
  • Scott Blanchard, MD, HPSO Board Member,
  • Arthur Bregoli, MD, Internal Medicine
  • Joe Cahill, President/COO South Shore Hospital
  • Justin Campbell, MD, South Shore Radiology Associates
  • Howard Chang, MD, Psychiatrist
  • George Clairmont, MD, Compass Medical Associates
  • Jeannette Currie, South Shore Hospital Information Technology
  • Robert Driscoll, MD, South Shore Surgical Specialists
  • Barbara Green, PhD, Psychologist
  • Ben Kerman, MD, South Shore Hospital Hospitalist
  • Tim Lynch, MD, Atrius Health/South Shore Medical Center
  • Sue Medici, RN, South Shore Hospital Care Progression
  • Karen McLoughlin, VP/Executive Director, HPSO
  • Nick Morse, MD, Brigham and Women's Urogynecology Associates at South Shore Hospital
  • Luke O'Connell, MD, HPSO Board Member, South Shore Urology
  • Brad Sampson, MD, South Suburban Gastroenterology
  • Jason Tracy, MD, South Shore Hospital Emergency Medicine
  • Matthew Weiss, MD, HPSO Board Member, Vice Chair/Critical Care Medicine, Chair/South Shore Physician Ambulatory
  • Matthew Whalen, VP/Executive Director, South Shore Physician Hospital Organization
  • Yvette Youssef, MD, South Shore Hospital Hospitalist
Clinical Programs Task Force


Clinical Programs Committee members(seated l-r):

Drs. Robert Belknap, George Clairmont, Benjamin Kermin and Luke O’Connell

Please contact Karen McLoughlin, HPSO executive director, for more information.

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