St. Louis, Missouri (PRWEB) September 30, 2014
The St. Louis Physician Alliance (SLPA) is pleased to announce that the SLUCare Physician Group, comprised of more than 500 physicians, has joined SLPA and will be collaborating on a number of initiatives. With the recent addition of SLUCare, SLPA has more than doubled its network size, strengthening its market footprint to better respond to the changing healthcare landscape in the Greater St. Louis area.
SLPA is a physician-led clinically integrated network (CIN) of providers committed to providing value for the people of St. Louis by delivering high quality care in an efficient, integrated manner. SLPA believes that accountable, evidence-based, value-driven efforts will lead to a better health care system and that clinical integration around these principles is the best solution to the current crisis of increasing healthcare costs. SLPA members remain autonomous in their own physician practices while collaborating to improve health outcomes at the best cost.
Launched in early 2013, SLPA spent much of its first year recruiting high quality providers into the network while exploring opportunities with payors and employers. Now with the addition of SLUCare Physician Group to its network, SLPA has more than 900 physician members representing primary care and 60 diverse medical and surgical specialties along with 73 healthcare facility members such as physical therapy, imaging, ambulatory surgery centers, lab, home health, hospice and skilled nursing. SLPA has been busy in 2014 engaging payers and employers as well as beginning the information technology implementation to assist in the achievement of clinical integration.
SLPA is a physician-led organization with nine elected physician members serving on the Board of Managers. The board will soon be expanded to include representation from SLUCare. Otolaryngologist Scott Hardeman MD serves as Chairman of the Board with Patrick Leahy as Executive Director.
Nationally accredited and with more than 500 physicians, SLUCare is the medical practice group of Saint Louis University School of Medicine. The school educates physicians and biomedical scientists, conducts medical research, and provides health care on a local, national and international level.