Thinking about creating an accountable care organization? The clinical integration of healthcare providers can be the first step, facilitating the coordination of services required for shared accountability and reward. Dr. Mark Shields, senior medical director with Advocate Physician Partners, describes the logistics of training 3,400 providers on clinical integration, the importance of the physician peer group in this effort, and the business case for the devotion of three of Advocate’s 41 performance measures to smoking cessation and prevention. Dr. Shields will share Advocate’s clinical integration strategy during “How To Create an ACO Framework Through Clinical Integration with Independent Physicians,” a 45-minute webinar on December 1, 2010.