Two Michigan physician organizations teamed up to form a clinically integrated network that they say will allow medical practices to continue to operate independently and also pool resources to help doctors gain access to education resources, electronic health-record and quality-tracking systems, and business and marketing support. Physician Organization of Michigan is a limited-liability company that is expected to be in operation by January 2011, according to its brochure. It was founded by the University of Michigan Health System, which includes 1,600 multispecialty physicians, and the Physicians' Organization of Western Michigan, a Grand Rapids-based corporation and independent practice association with some 570 physician shareholders. The group will be run by a six-person board of managers with four appointed by UMHS and two by POWM. The organization says it plans to work with a preferred vendor to get "better pricing" on a certified EHR system that can connect with all other certified systems. The development of several funding options also is planned. Member physicians would be expected to participate in POM-led quality management and incentive programs, third-party payer programs offered through POM, and share patient data “generated by meaningful use of an EHR” with a POM-monitored database, according to the brochure.
Michigan doc groups team up
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