HealthLeaders Media Council members discuss their organizations' strategies for primary care.
This article first appeared in the June 2016 issue of HealthLeaders magazine.
Vice President of Planning and Managed Care
Community Memorial Health System
We have 13 outpatient clinics that we administer. Those locations have a mix of primary care and specialty care. Over the years, the main impetus for specialty care has been patient access to providers for Medicaid services. Our offices do not employ the physicians, as we are located in a Corporate Practice of Medicine state, and we also do not have a foundation. The way we engage with physicians is to use a friendly professional corporation that physicians contract with individually, and then we contract with the PC to staff the hospital.
We have plans to grow again substantially in the next four years, including plans to add significantly more primary care physicians during that time. This will be through a combination of physicians who are aligned through their own practices and also by adding sites.
We might be able to establish some new outpatient hospital departments in the community through our critical access hospital. Our existing sites are mostly in competitive markets. As we grapple with new restrictions in establishing outpatient hospital sites, we may need to pursue alternatives, which could include management services organizations in existing physician locations, or eventually establishing a foundation.
Lena J. Weiner is an associate editor at HealthLeaders Media.