- » e-Newsletters
What is the difference between an IPA and a medical group?
Medical Staff Legal Advisor, June 2, 2004
IPA, which stands for independent practice association, is an organization usually established primarily to contract with third party payers. It is a legal vehicle developed to allow physicians who have no other corporate or legal relationship (hence the term "independent") to constitute themselves as a group for contracting purposes. Some IPAs also expanded their functions to provide MSO (medical services organization) functions, though this was most often not their primary charge
A medical group is a collection of physicians who have come together contractually or in partnership for the purposes of managing a practice and sharing the care of patients. Once they have established themselves as a legal entity, the medical group can also contract with third party payers.
- Complications from immobility by body system
- Differentiate between types of wound debridement
- OB services: Coding inside and outside of the package
- Note similarities and differences between HCPCS, CPT® codes
- What is the difference between an IPA and a medical group?
- What does case-mix index mean to you?
- Fracture coding in ICD-10-CM requires greater specificity
- Don’t forget the three checks in medication administration
- Pneumonia with a negative chest x-ray: Clinical diagnoses, physician documentation, and coding guidelines
- Woman shoots herself at Fort Knox hospital
- Study: Single step reduces readmissions by 25%
- How coders can build a successful relationship with their physicians
- More documentation needed for fractures in ICD-10-CM
- ICD-10-CM contracts the flu
- Homecare Q&A, Apri 17, 2017
- Got stickers? How one PA hospital uses labels to reduce medication errors
- Follow these tips to properly report bladder catheter codes
- Explore eligibility requirements and scoring standards for the first year of MIPS
- Clinical competency committee composition
- Charge for venipuncture separately