Helping people live longer, healthier lives—that’s what you do.
But you also value the ability to make your own decisions about what’s best for your patients and your practice.
Yet every day, running a practice grows more and more complex, threatening the very existence of independent medical groups.
An industry does not grow to become one-sixth of the total economy without having massive players.
Economic dynamics necessitate the presence of mega players in our industry.
Yet, at its essential core the work of healthcare is exceedingly personal and intimate. Patients trust us to provide a service that they cherish dearly. Some of our work is routine, but often we serve our ‘customers’ at a time of great need and personal vulnerability. Large can feel very impersonal.
We believe the physician sits in a unique role, able to bring together the value of the big hospital, the big pharmaceutical company, the big imaging device maker, and the big insurer at a single point for a particular person at a particular time – the patient.
As our industry goes through a period of rapid transition, there are many that believe only large, integrated delivery systems are suited to deliver the care we need in the future. They argue that the independent physician practice is a thing of the past. We understand this idea and accept that this model will be central to US healthcare moving forward.
However, we could not disagree more with those ready to pronounce the end of the independent physician practice.
Yes, this is the market we serve, so we have a dog in the fight. But we truly believe US healthcare is better with independent practices than without. As we seek to reinvent how we deliver and pay for healthcare, we believe that industry reform cannot be managed solely in Washington, state houses, or corporate board rooms. The exam room, when a doctor and a patient together make the best decisions for that patient and their family, is equally important.