Standards for private organizations

2020 Edition

Network Administration (NET) 1: Network Characteristics

The network operates through a centralized entity or structure that provides for the integration and coordination of services of participating entities or community partners.
2020 Edition

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Purpose

Network services are delivered to a defined population through an integrated network of providers with the goal of ensuring optimal access, quality of care, and consumer satisfaction.
1
The organization's practices fully meet the standard, as indicated by full implementation of the practices outlined in the NET 1 Practice standards.
2
Practices are basically sound but there is room for improvement, as noted in the ratings for the NET 1 Practice standards.
3
Practice requires significant improvement, as noted in the ratings for the NET 1 Practice standards.
4
Implementation of the standard is minimal or there is no evidence of implementation at all, as noted in the ratings for the NET 1 Practice standards.
Self-Study EvidenceOn-Site EvidenceOn-Site Activities
  • Articles of Incorporation/Bylaws
  • List of Governing Body members and affiliations
  • Narrative describing organizational structure
  • Written description of scope of services offered 
  • Written agreement(s) 
  • Interviews may include:
    1. Managing entity CEO
    2. Network advisory body
    3. Governing body
    4. Directors of organizations that contract with the managing entity
    5. Persons served/community stakeholders

NET 1.01

The network management entity is legally authorized to operate as a:
  1. separately incorporated entity that coordinates and manages care on behalf of a group of cooperating organizations; or
  2. designated lead agency or management entity; or
  3. group of public and/or private providers organized to integrate and coordinate services.
1
The organization's practices reflect full implementation of the standard.
2
Practices are basically sound but there is room for improvement.
3
Practice requires significant improvement.
4
Implementation of the standard is minimal or there is no evidence of implementation at all.

NET 1.02

The network management entity:
  1. defines in writing the scope of services offered;
  2. establishes a written agreement regarding services to be provided by specific network members, community partners, or practitioners in the network; and
  3. structures services so it can readily adapt to changes in the service environment and the needs of persons served to achieve desired outcomes.
1
The organization's practices reflect full implementation of the standard.
2
Practices are basically sound but there is room for improvement.
3
Practice requires significant improvement.
4
Implementation of the standard is minimal or there is no evidence of implementation at all.