Staying Independent...Together

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 From: Michael Barron
 To: Member Forum
 Posted: 10-20-2017 10:16


I kind of approached them.  I was trying to participate in one of the local Medicare Advantage plans and they forwarded my name to several IPAs.  One of them contacted me and ultimately offered to let me join.  Before that I had no idea risk-based or shared savings contracts were available.  There was definately some good luck involved that helped me.

If someone was investigating these options in their area, you could inquire with the physician reps for the insurance company and ask if there are any group or individual contracts that include alternatives to standard fee for service.  Also, the local medical society might have some information.


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Seems many IMPs in IPAs. Still doesn't seem the norm out here in WA. I think there is only one by us that I could participate in if I chose but when I queried them I got no response. Is anyone beside Gwen Hanson in one out here?

And last I heard from Gwen a few years ago, hers didn't do anything to help her now but she joined thinking it will help her in the future. If you see this Gwen I'm interested in an update.

I'm curious for all those in IPAs, did you seek them out or did they approach you?

Melissa Weakland, MD
Ballard Neighborhood Doctors
5416 Barnes Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107
Phone: (206)-297-7678
Fax: (206)-297-5930

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