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The COBIC case study. NHS Right Care 2011.
“This case study is a specific example of how commissioners can catalyse the creation of integrated care by creating the context in which providers respond by integrating care. It involves commissioners introducing incentives into the market in new and innovative ways and using contractual forms that are new to the NHS. In all cases COBIC contracting replaces a variety of fragmented individually negotiated contracts with a single integrated tender. This forces providers to respond differently, existing suppliers have either to radically change the way in which they work with each other or forgo applying for the contract. In practice, some existing providers can see this as a problem; others see this as an opportunity to unleash provider creativity”