North Mississippi Health Services’ decision to form a clinically integrated network came with a dilemma. In its corner of Mississippi, nurse practitioners provide about 53% of patient’s primary care. Most networks only include doctors, but that didn’t make sense for NMHS.

Given that the number of advanced practice clinicians is predicted to grow and the pool of physicians to shrink, North Mississippi rewrote the formula for forming successful partnerships to create a network for population health management.

The Tupelo-based health system serves 24 mostly rural counties in the northeast corner of Mississippi and a few neighboring counties in Alabama.