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independent practice association

n. Abbr. IPA
An independent group of physicians and other health-care providers that are under contract to provide services to members of different HMOs, as well as other insurance plans, usually at a fixed fee per patient.
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The authors found that patients in integrated medical groups were more likely than were those in independent practice associations to receive four of the six clinical quality measures--mammography, Pap smear screening, chlamydia screening, eye exams for diabetes patients, controller medications for asthma patients, and [beta]-blockers for heart attack patients.
The report indicates that Orange County and Boston are early adopters of P4P, in part, because physicians in both communities are organized in large medical groups, health systems or independent practice associations.
In three years, 115 of California's 300 large medical practices and independent practice associations (IPAs) have closed or declared bankruptcy.
Thousands of doctors are facing personal financial crises in the Golden State, where numerous independent practice associations and physician practice management groups have collapsed in recent years.
A review of the literature shows that physician-operated independent practice associations are more miserly than commercial HMOs when it comes to the amount of medical service they deliver.
health maintenance organization [HMO], preferred provider organizations [PPO], and independent practice associations [IPA]).
Contracts generally are with medical groups or independent practice associations but also may be with hospitals and other providers.
Greater Newport Physicians (GNP), one of the largest independent practice associations in Southern California, has received a 2-year Physician Organization Certification in Credentialing and Re-Credentialing from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).
FUTURE OF IPAs The ongoing shift from HMOs to PPOs doesn't bode well for independent practice associations that traditionally contract with HMOs, health care officials told a joint hearing of the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice.
have announced that they have joined forces to address the administrative and financial challenges independent practice associations (IPAs) face by strengthening operations through the use of innovative information technology.
This, in turn, creates an excess capacity of specialists, which, with their high income overhead, leads to an uncompetitive cost structure of multispecialty groups and independent practice associations.
The Company's experience working with over 1,500 physician practices in data exchange implementations and a list of clients including Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative, Blue Cross Blue Shield MA, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, WellPoint, and others makes it a clear choice for small physician practices through large hospital systems, payors, Independent Practice Associations (IPA) and Physician Hospital Organizations (PHO).

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