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Catholic IPA Unveils New Name, Identity

January 27, 2011

Catholic Medical Partners

There is a new name in health care.

The Catholic Independent Practice Association (CIPA), the area’s largest network of independent practicing physicians, announced today that it will operate under the new name Catholic Medical Partners. The new name and logo were unveiled last night to hundreds of the organization’s members and representatives from Catholic Health and Mount St. Mary’s Hospital.

Established in 1996 as CIPA, the initial focus of the organization was to integrate the efforts of five distinct physician-hospital organizations. While many other similar organizations within the health care industry have dissolved over the past 15 years, Catholic Medical Partners has grown into a dynamic leader in health care in Western New York.

“We wanted to take on much more than a new name and logo,” explained Dennis Horrigan, Catholic Medical Partners President and CEO. “We wanted to establish an identity that more accurately reflects who we are, where we are going and all of the great work that our physicians and strategic partners are doing in our community. The Catholic Medical Partners brand begins to tell that story.”

Among its accomplishments to date, Catholic Medical Partners has exceeded the national average for Electronic Health Record (EHR) adoption, with more than 77 percent of the organization’s members using certified EHR systems; has helped numerous practices achieve the highest level of recognition under the Patient Centered Medical Home™; and has made an unparalleled commitment to office-based disease management and care coordination.

Catholic Medical Partners also became the first organization in Western New York to implement a system of interoperability between EHRs. Several of the organization’s physicians are now making EHR-to-EHR referrals, allowing primary care physicians and specialists to share critically important patient information instantaneously between offices. This advancement allows for improved diagnosis and care coordination as well as necessary cost reductions across the health care delivery system.

“As an organization, our focus continues to be on achieving what are known as the Triple Aim goals in health care for our patient populations: better health, better care and reduced costs,” said Dr. Michael Edbauer, Chief Medical Officer. “Through our alignment with Catholic Health and Mount St. Mary’s Hospital, Catholic Medical Partners is uniquely positioned to achieve those goals and to effect true health care reform by bringing together people, facilities, technology and ideas to strengthen the partnerships that make health care work – partnerships between physicians and hospitals; patients and clinical team; primary care physicians and specialists; providers and health plans.”

The introduction of the organization’s new name comes at time when health care reform is the focus of significant debate and discussion in every community across the country.

“The changes taking place in both the practice and the business of medicine are dynamic and require innovation and leadership in order to make a positive difference in people’s lives,” noted Dr. Cary Vastola, chairman of the Catholic Medical Partners board of directors. “We are extremely fortunate to have strong physician leadership and involvement, direct hospital and health system relationships, and a universal commitment from our members to strengthen the clinical office in a way that improves the overall delivery of care. We believe what we are doing is a model for other organizations across the country to follow.”

A network of nearly 900 physicians, Catholic Health and Mount St. Mary’s Hospital, Catholic Medical Partners is the largest group of independent practicing physicians in Western New York. Through the development and implementation of clinical integration programs, the organization and its members are focused on improving the efficiency, safety and quality in delivering medical care based on coordination, an educated and involved patient population and the sharing of information and resources that will make a difference in patients’ lives.

For more information, visit www.CatholicMedicalPartners.org.

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