Independent Physician Association (IPA) Services

Independent Physician Association (IPAs) are dedicated to providing quality and value in health care and serve as an extension of each individual member’s office. SHP manages the full spectrum of IPA services, including managed care contracting, practice enhancements, and education for our members. SHP provides clients with an opportunity to maintain their independence while securing their current and future patients through an organization that is solely governed by physicians.

SHP provides full management and oversight to clients of all types, including but not limited to:

  • Statewide IPAs
  • Regional IPAs
  • City-Specific IPAs
  • Single-Specialty
  • Multi-Specialty Groups

Managed Care Contracting

As part of our IPA management services SHP is able to leverage our managed care contracting expertise to negotiate contracts on behalf of the association. These include:

  • National, statewide and direct network contracts, including both commercial and governmental payers
  • Fee-for-service and incentive-based contracting
  • Managed Care Market Analysis for service areas
  • Contract Language Review
  • Delegated Credentialing

Practice Enhancements

In addition, SHP can help grow the network of benefits offered to IPA members with the development and management of purchasing programs. Through our vast network of relationships, we are able to form programs that offer savings for members, including but not limited to malpractice insurance, clinical supplies, office supplies and reference laboratory services.

Education

SHP believes that in today’s rapidly evolving healthcare market, our provision of accurate and unbiased updates about healthcare legislation and market trends to our clients is an invaluable service in maintaining viable healthcare practices.

In support of these services, SHP also provides critical support to each IPA members practice, including individual practice fee analysis, claims research and resolution, network meetings and education.

Oversight

SHP works with the designated legal counsel of our IPA members to ensure that all activities meet regulatory guidelines, including those of the FTC.

IPA’s We Manage

Merit Health Network
Primary Care Association
South Georgia Physicians Association