Ohio doc coali­tion sees mem­ber­ship swell

Modern Healthcare - - REGIONAL NEWS - —Ti­mothy Ma­gaw, Crain’s Cleve­land Busi­ness

The Ohio In­de­pen­dent Col­lab­o­ra­tive, a statewide coali­tion of in­de­pen­dent physi­cians, re­cently dou­bled in size with the ad­di­tion of Colum­bus­based Cen­tral Ohio Pri­mary Care.

The col­lab­o­ra­tive boasts more than 700 pri­mary-care and spe­cialty providers who col­lec­tively care for more than 750,000 pa­tients across the state. The col­lab­o­ra­tive launched in Au­gust as a way for in­de­pen­dent physi­cians to loosely band them­selves to­gether to bet­ter com­pete with the state’s health­care gi­ants like the Cleve­land Clinic and Cincin­nati-based Mercy Health. The hope is to build an or­ga­ni­za­tion that will al­low par­tic­i­pat­ing doc­tors to achieve the ad­van­tages of be­ing part of a larger sys­tem—such as group pur­chas­ing and lever­age with in­sur­ance com­pa­nies—with­out sac­ri­fic­ing their in­de­pen­dence.

In a pre­pared state­ment, Dr. Gary Pinta, pres­i­dent of the col­lab­o­ra­tive and a physi­cian with Pioneer Physi­cians Net­work who prac­tices in Cuya­hoga Falls, said the rapid growth of the Ohio In­de­pen­dent Col­lab­o­ra­tive “strength­ens our abil­ity to work with larger hospi­tal sys­tems.” The group of­fers care in more than 35 spe­cial­ties.

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