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Reclaiming Physician Leadership in Health Care Delivery

By Safa Farzin, MD

Note: Independent Physician Associations (IPAs) and Clinically Integrated Networks (CINs) can help medical practices thrive in the transition to value-based care, as Dr. Safa Farzin explains in this blog. Click here to learn how the Pennsylvania Medical Society's Practice Options Initiative can help medical practices join a CIN and still keep their clinical autonomy. 

Nearly two years ago, physicians in Central Pennsylvania held informal meetings to gauge the potential level of support for the creation of a new physician organization. The underlying platform being health care delivery has changed and continues to change at a rapid pace.

Collectively we realized a window of opportunity existed for physicians to reclaim a true leadership role in deciding how health care is delivered at the local level.

Over the course of the next 18 months, physicians continued to determine our most appropriate course of action. We participated in strategic planning sessions, held countless meetings with colleagues, and collectively decided our vision and mission.

Click here to learn how PAMED's Practice Options Initiative can help your medical practice succeed in value-based care

This led to the formation of the Medical Group of Pennsylvania (MGP) – a 440 member Independent Physician Association (IPA). In today's hurried and confusing medical environment, IPAs can work to make patient experiences across independent physicians uniform and seamless as they evolve toward clinically integrated networks (CINs) and other value-based structures.

IPAs/CINs can connect data over separate electronic health systems; provide much needed price transparency for labs, imaging, and procedures; and illustrate independent physicians' commitment to high quality, patient-centered care.

The Medical Group of PA is one of several IPAs that have formed in Pennsylvania. These networks provide for the delivery of the highest quality of care at the lowest price for our patients. And just as important, they give physicians the best chance to take a leadership role in our changing health care delivery system.

Placing our core values into a health care delivery network will ensure that transparent quality patient care remain at the forefront of health care delivery in Pennsylvania.

About the blogger: Guest blogger Safa Farzin, MD, is a practicing critical care specialist in Dauphin County. He is a founding member and CEO of the Medical Group of Pennsylvania, a recently formed 440-member Independent Physician Association.

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