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Physicians to advise on new Legacy Health Partners arrangement

August 2013

Legacy Health is forming a work group of independent physicians to advise it on developing a new partnership arrangement.

Legacy Health Partners (LHP) is a concept envisioned by Legacy to develop clinical initiatives to improve quality and outcomes, control costs, and improve the financial position of participants as health care transforms from volume to value.

The Legacy Health Partners Work Group will include about 12 physicians who are not Legacy employees along with representatives from within Legacy. The group will advise Legacy on creating a new entity. They will pinpoint opportunities for shared goals and resources, recommend strategies that benefit both physicians and Legacy, identify ways to improve both the patient and provider experience with Legacy Health, and ensure that physicians are engaged participants in Legacy’s care transformation strategy.

"Independent physicians face greater quality and business pressures each day," said Lewis Low, M.D., Legacy senior vice president & chief medical officer. "The combination of uncertainty around health care reform, volume declines, reductions in professional fees and ancillary reimbursements, and rising practice costs is making it difficult for independent physicians. By offering access to innovative health insurance products, performance-based bonuses, stronger referral networks and care management resources, we think LHP can help ensure that independent physicians remain in private practice."

The work group is expected to meet over the next two–three months.

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