Health Systems Walk-In Clinic Strategy Threatens Private Practice Primary Care

April 13, 2017

Tacoma, Washington, February 28, 2017 - Health systems are a major player in the urgent care market. In fact 37% of urgent care centers nationally are either hospital owned or are a joint venture with a hospital.

Retail Clinics: Primary Care Friend Or Foe?

March 16, 2017

That depends on who you ask. The longitudinal primary care community has publicly expressed concerns that retail clinics disrupt the continuity of care so they lean more towards “foe”. Hospitals and health systems in the past looked at non-affiliated retail clinics as competitive threats but for many now, these clinics are clearly a “friend” because, through partnership relationships, they allow a system to extend their geographic reach and gain new patients.

Company Helps Physicians Remain Independent and Thrive

February 28, 2017

Tacoma, Washington, February 28, 2017 - Back in 1995, 12 physicians from 7 small primary care practices located in Pierce County had a vision: provide better, more coordinated care to their patients while remaining independent in spite of the physician practice management corporate consolidation which was then occurring at a whirlwind pace throughout the region. That vision led to the birth of Northwest Physicians Network (NPN), an independent practice association (IPA) headquartered in Tacoma.

Walk-In Clinics: “Commoditizing” Primary Care?

February 16, 2017

Like it or not, walk-in health clinics are here to stay. Their growth has been fueled by access and convenience. More convenient hours, more convenient locations, more convenient to walk in without an appointment. But as payers and providers shift towards Triple Aim goals of improved patient care, population health and reduced cost, do walk-in clinics fit into the new healthcare landscape going forward?

Northwest Physicians Network Grows to Over 1,000 Providers

February 14, 2017

Tacoma, WA, February 14, 2017 (Newswire.com) - Northwest Physicians Network of Washington, LLC (NPN), an independent practice association and the largest multi-specialty provider network in Washington, recently celebrated the addition of its 1,000th provider, HopeSparks, a leader in Pierce County, WA in behavioral health, early intervention, kinship care, home visiting, eating recovery and parent education.

On The Road To Clinical Integration

January 19, 2017

The American Medical Association describes clinical integration as “the means to coordinate patient care across conditions, providers, settings and time in order to achieve care that is safe, timely, effective, efficient, equitable and patient-focused”.

How IPAs Can Help Private Practices Survive And Thrive

January 06, 2017

The one thing that's a constant in healthcare today is change.

Change is really hard. As humans we're wired to want stability. We cling to people and processes that are familiar. Any type of change creates stress and begs the question, “What does it mean to me?”.

Are Independent Physician Practices Doomed?

December 08, 2016

The healthcare industry is changing at a whirlwind pace making many physicians anxious about the present and uncertain about the future. In the last year alone physicians have had to address a series of simultaneously occurring events which one can only describe as tumultuous:

Northwest Physicians Network Names Jesse Gamez Chief Operating Officer

November 14, 2016

Seattle, WA, November 14, 2016 (Newswire.com) - Northwest Physicians Network (NPN), an independent practice association and the largest multi-specialty provider network in Washington, announced the appointment of Jesse Gamez as Chief Operating Officer, effective November 1, 2016.

Meet The New Northwest Physicians Network

November 04, 2016

Northwest Physicians Network of Washington, LLC has continued its rapid expansion during this time of consolidation among delivery systems. It is our belief that private practices play an important role in their local communities. Our growth and the success of our affiliated providers demonstrates that private practices can thrive when equipped with the right tools and support to meet the requirements of the increasingly regulated healthcare environment.

Northwest Physicians Network Continues Explosive Growth

October 11, 2016

Seattle, Washington, October 11, 2016 (Newswire.com) - ​​​Northwest Physicians Network of Washington, LLC (NPN), an independent practice association and the largest multi-specialty provider network in Washington, has continued its rapid expansion in Washington at a time when there has been much consolidation among delivery systems.