1 Mercy Health Physi­cians

Modern Healthcare - - HEALTHCARE’S HOTTEST -

WHAT IT DOES:

Mercy Health Physi­cians is a mul­ti­spe­cialty physi­cian group that pro­vides com­pre­hen­sive med­i­cal care in the Cincin­nati area.

HOW IT GREW:

The fastest grower in a group of ex­tremely fast grow­ers, Mercy Health Physi­cians earned its place at the top of our list by com­bin­ing the per­sonal touch of a small prac­tice with the strength of a larger or­ga­ni­za­tion.

“Mercy Health Physi­cians is physi­cian-cen­tered and physi­cian-led; that’s been a key part of our growth,” Pres­i­dent Dr. Dan Roth tells Mod­ern Health­care in an e-mail. “We’ve also worked suc­cess­fully to strike the bal­ance be­tween physi­cian au­ton­omy at the prac­tice level and be­ing part of a large sys­tem whose strength we can lever­age.”

Mercy Health Physi­cians be­gan four years ago as a sep­a­rately in­cor­po­rated group prac­tice within Mercy Health, with a sep­a­rate man­age­ment and gov­er­nance struc­ture. Roth says Mercy Health Physi­cians is a “cog in an over­all net­work of care,” and the two com­pa­nies “make each other bet­ter.” This in­au­gu­ral list of Health­care’s Hottest pro­vides ev­i­dence for that as­ser­tion, as Mercy Health is also on the Hottest list.

“The fact that both Mercy Health and Mercy Health Physi­cians ap­pear on this list is a great ex­am­ple of the syn­ergy that oc­curs when physi­cians and physi­cian groups get to­gether with hos­pi­tals and hospi­tal sys­tems to de­liver ex­cel­lent, in­te­grated care to the com­mu­ni­ties they serve,” Roth says.

At the out­set, Mercy Health Physi­cians con­sisted solely of pri­mary-care doc­tors, but the group has been strate­gi­cally adding spe­cialty physi­cian group prac­tices since. Ac­cord­ing to Roth, the com­pany’s lead­er­ship and struc­ture make ac­quir­ing new physi­cians easy. “Much of our growth can be at­trib­uted to the con­sis­tent, physi­cian-friendly and ef­fi­cient process we have in place for work­ing with physi­cians from con­tract to con­tract … We have a team that works hard to help make this as smooth as pos­si­ble,” he says.

In July, Mercy Health Physi­cians was ac­cepted by the CMS as an ac­count­able care or­ga­ni­za­tion in the Medi­care shared-sav­ings pro­gram, mak­ing it the only one in the re­gion. That new sta­tus is part of Mercy Health Physi­cians’ plan for con­tin­ued growth.

“We will (continue to) in­no­vate and sup­port our pri­mary-care prac­tices as we use our pa­tient-cen­tered med­i­cal homes and ACO sta­tus to lever­age true clin­i­cal in­te­gra­tion to im­prove care in the com­mu­ni­ties we serve,” Roth says. “We’re work­ing to be­come bet­ter than the sum of our parts and the mea­sure will be achiev­ing the triple aim of im­proved care and im­proved out­comes de­liv­ered at lower cost.”

Lo­ca­tion: Cincin­nati Top ex­ec­u­tive: Pres­i­dent Dr. Dan Roth Num­ber of em­ploy­ees: 800 An­nual rev­enue (2011): $119.4 mil­lion Rev­enue growth (2006-11): 2,928.5% Web­site: www.e-mercy.com

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