What are Integrated Care Systems?

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What are Integrated Care Systems?

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An Integrated Care System (ICS) is one in which a group of commissioners and providers agrees to be responsible for the planning and provision of all care for a defined population for a given period of time. These ICSs or “place-based” partnerships work within an agreed pooled budget and are held accountable for achieving quality outcomes through more effective use of resources in order to improve the health and wellbeing of their local populations.

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Are ICSs statutory entities?

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ICSs are not statutory bodies, however, they work collaboratively to achieve common goals.

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How many Integrated Care Systems are there?

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