The San Joaquin Independent Physicians Association, a 100-physician IPA based in Stockton, Calif., has affiliated with the newly formed IPA operated by the Oakland, Calif.-based Union of American Physicians and Dentists.
The UAPD formed the IPA last July to give independent physicians greater collective bargaining clout in dealing with managed-care plans and other payers (July 5, 1993, p. 10).
With the addition of the San Joaquin physicians, membership in the IPA now exceeds 500, said Robert Weinmann, M.D., UAPD's president.
"This latest affiliation continues our strong growth in the California market. We are continuing to sign up individual physicians and are in negotiations with several existing IPAs to join our network," Dr. Weinmann said.