The Children's Care Network

Clinically Integrating to Provide Better Care for Georgia's Kids

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta believes every child deserves access to the specialized care provided when independent pediatric physicians and Children’s work together.

To meet the new demands of a changing healthcare market, a group of committed community physicians partnered with Children’s to create The Children’s Care Network, a physician-led, taxable nonprofit subsidiary corporation of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. The Children’s Care Network, Georgia’s only clinically integrated pediatric network, will demonstrate performance and value by emphasizing data-driven approaches to quality improvements.

Pediatricians can benefit from a unified, collaborative system that offers group purchasing power, cost savings, technical resources and an association with Children’s—the largest and most trusted pediatric healthcare system in the state.

Patients will receive comprehensive, quality care provided by pediatric-trained physicians devoted to caring for children.

Ultimately, through The Children’s Care Network, we seek to ensure our pediatric system of care will produce better health outcomes for our kids.

April 2014 Webinar: The Future of a Pediatric Clinically Integrated Network

Watch the Video: A Day In The Life Of A Clinically Integrated Network



    The Children’s Care Network is a taxable, nonprofit subsidiary of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. It is governed by a physician-led board of directors, composed of independent community doctors dedicated to advancing pediatrics in our state.

    Robert Wiskind 

    Robert Wiskind, M.D.
    Robert Wiskind, M.D., former President of the Georgia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, will serve as 2014–2016 board chair of The Children’s Care Network. Dr. Wiskind has been a physician at Atlanta’s Peachtree Park Pediatrics, LLP for more than 20 years. Other physicians joining Dr. Wiskind as board members of The Children’s Care Network are listed below. 

    Private Practice/Pediatrician

    • Helena Bentley, M.D.
    • Angela Hall, M.D.
    • Chip Harbaugh, M.D.
    • Bob Licata, M.D.
    • Anu Sheth, M.D.
    • Brad Weselman, M.D.
    • Melinda Willingham, M.D.
    • Bob Wiskind, M.D. (Board Chair)

    Private Practice/Specialist/Medical

    • Burt Lesnick, M.D.
    • Billy Meyers, M.D.

    Private Practice/Specialist/Surgical

    • Mike Busch, M.D. (Vice Chair)
    • Hal Scherz, M.D. 

    Employed by a System/Pediatrician
    (Children’s or other organization)

    • Gary Frank, M.D.
    • Vivian Lennon, M.D.
    • Yasmin Tyler-Hill, M.D.


    Employed by a System/Specialist
    (Children’s or other organization)

    • Rick Bonner, M.D.
    • Robert Campbell, M.D.
    • Lucky Jain, M.D.
    • Mark Wulkan, M.D.

    Children’s Representatives

    • Patrick Frias M.D.
    • Donna Hyland
    • Dan Salinas M.D.



Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is a clinically integrated network?

      A clinically integrated network is a doctor-led and -driven business enterprise. It typically includes doctors and healthcare systems focusing on developing and implementing evidence-based quality and process improvements with the goal of improving outcomes, increasing efficiency and reducing costs. As a result of demonstrating clinical integration, the CIN will be able to jointly negotiate managed care contracts to align payments and incentives with the performance and quality of the care we deliver.

  • If the CIN is contracting on my behalf, what happens to my existing contracts?

      The initial focus of the CIN will be on “overlay” contracts for increased quality performance. You may have a base agreement that you would keep, and the CIN’s contract would be on top of that base agreement, with incentives or shared savings generated as a result of improvements in performance or quality. These contracts may evolve to encompass base agreements with existing payors and with new payors in the market.

  • What other benefits does a CIN provide?

      In addition to payor contracting, the CIN offers enhanced care coordination, communication, and data collection and reporting capabilities needed to be successful in the future value-based world. In addition, a CIN may offer additional value-added services, such as group purchasing, and a team evaluates what services would benefit CIN members. Your practice will benefit from being associated with the one of the largest and most comprehensive pediatric healthcare systems in the nation. 

  • What are the membership requirements and dues to participate in the CIN?

      A CIN requires that members share clinical data to improve coordination of care and measure performance against selected metrics. There are likely to be standards for certification and credentialing. Our CIN will bring together members of the Children’s professional staff who are focused on improving outcomes and advancing pediatric medicine. The CIN Steering Committee is working out the specific membership criteria and associated dues. 

  • How will the CIN improve my patients’ ability to access specialists?

      By developing care and referral protocols used across the continuum of care, pediatricians will be better equipped to manage more of their patients' care, allowing specialists to focus their efforts on those patients who truly need specialized care.

  • Do I need to have an electronic health record (EHR) to participate in the CIN? If I have one, will it be able to interface with mine?

      You do not need an EHR to participate initially. A physician-led team is evaluating a variety of population health management technology tools that can serve practices on a variety of platforms, any of which will be expected to interface with EMR and practice management systems in common use.

  • If we are sharing data, how will you protect my practice’s financial and patient information?

      The CIN will not share practice-specific financial data. The focus of the CIN is to collect and report on quality data to demonstrate outcomes-based performance improvement. The CIN’s technology solution will be built to house PHI in a secure manner that complies with all HIPAA regulations. The CIN will develop a team that will oversee all permitted uses of the information collected. 

  • Is the CIN a nonprofit?

      The CIN will be a taxable non-profit. This means that it is registered with the state as a non-profit entity so that it will not have shareholders. It will not, however, be a 501(c)(3) organization, which means that it will be subject to federal and state income taxes. We believe this structure will provide the CIN with maximum flexibility. The CIN will not be beholden to make money for its shareholders and will have all of the flexibility of a taxable organization. Because it will not be a 501(c)(3), the CIN will not be subject to the rules that restrict the activities of a tax-exempt organization.  

  • Have you considered making the CIN a joint venture?

      It was discussed, but, among other things, a joint venture would require that the physician owners capitalize the venture, which would be cost prohibitive. In addition, the CIN is designed to serve members and patients by distributing income to its physician participants based on the value they provide to the CIN, rather than to generate and distribute profits to its owners.