Cleveland, OH, July 31, 2015 -
Five of the largest independent physician medical groups in Ohio announced today they are joining together under a common vision to form a statewide collaborative that will offer patients more accessible, lower-cost, high-quality and better overall care throughout Ohio.
Founding members of the new organization, called the Ohio Independent Collaborative (OIC), collectively provide care for more than 450,000 patients, spanning the state from Canton to Cleveland to Sandusky and all markets in between. The OIC brings together more than 400 primary care providers and specialists, who will collaborate on initiatives that will improve clinical quality, patient care and access to providers, creating a new care option in the marketplace contrasted to the large health system corporations.
Founding members of the OIC include Community Health Care, Inc., Northern Ohio Medical Specialists (NOMS Healthcare), Pioneer Physicians Network, Premier Physicians and Unity Health Network.
The benefits of this collaboration include higher efficiency of care, improved quality, more effective delivery, lower costs and increased savings, explained Dr. Jennifer Hohman, of NOMS Healthcare.
In making today’s announcement, Dr. Robert Kent, chairman of the Ohio Independent Collaborative, and of Unity Health Network, said, “For patients today, who often face increasing costs and limited options, getting the healthcare they need, can be intimidating. Through the Ohio Independent Collaborative, we offer lower costs and more options, all while providing great primary care with the same hometown physician our patients already know and trust.”
In addition to its large primary care base, the physician groups of the Ohio Independent Collaborative offer a broad range of specialties, ranging from sports medicine to general and orthopedic surgery to psychiatry, gynecology and much more.
“We want to take the best care of our patients, while doing so in an environment that allows us to adapt to and benefit from a full involvement in the healthcare delivery process as it continues to evolve – that’s what the Ohio Independent Collaborative is all about,” said Dr. Gary Pinta, president of the Ohio Independent Collaborative and with Pioneer Physicians Network. “We’re able to unlock the benefits and synergies of belonging to a larger group while preserving the advantages of providing independent, tailored care that each of our patient communities have come to enjoy.”
In addition to providing patient care benefits, the OIC offers an attractive alternative for physician groups trying to maintain their independence in today’s ever-changing healthcare industry.
“The Ohio Independent Collaborative creates a high-quality new care option in the marketplace for patients, insurance providers and hospitals, allowing our members to develop strategic partnerships that, on their own, they would not be able to develop,” said Dr. Tony Paras, with Premier Physicians. “This Collaborative not only offers a viable option for independent physicians, but encourages their entrepreneurial spirit, and we look forward to sharing the intellectual capital all parties bring to the group.”