Local doctors form regional provider organization

Ten independent provider associations (IPAs) in Middle Tennessee are collaborating to create Synergy HealthCare, a regional IPA that will include approximately 250 primary care physicians and provide access to a network of more than 2,000 specialists.

Synergy, managed by Tennessee Quest, will be able to contract with commercial health insurance plans, Medicaid, self-insured plans and other payers.

"The IPA coordinated care model has been proven to deliver high quality healthcare to our members, increasing satisfaction and improving outcomes," said James Jones, MD, an internist with Nashville-based Heritage Medical Associates, a participating provider in the IPA. "We have seen great success with our members who participate in these IPAs. By bringing together all of the IPA physicians into a single entity, we are able to offer access to a large network of providers in a single, localized IPA. This enhances the participating providers' and medical groups' ability to contract with all types of payors, including commercial, Medicare, Medicaid, self-insured plans, group retiree plans and others throughout the entire Middle Tennessee area."

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