Avera Health, Sioux Falls, S.D., announced it has formed Avera Medical Group, a network of 325 physicians and 187 health professionals in communities across Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska and the Dakotas. The 75 practices in the medical group will share branding, business operations, managed-care contracting, recruitment and retention, coding and reimbursement, information technology, property insurance and other services.
Avera is very sensitive to the fact that each physician and practice is unique, David Flicek, senior vice president of Avera Medical Group, said in a news release. Avera Medical Group brings us together around a shared infrastructure, standards and brand identity, and gets us all on the same page for such vital initiatives as the electronic medical record.
Sponsored by the Sisters of St. Benedict of Sacred Heart Monastery of Yankton, S.D., and the Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Aberdeen, S.D., Avera is a regional partnership of health professionals who share support services at more than 231 locations in eastern South Dakota and the surrounding states. -- by Jessica Zigmond