|[August 29, 2013]
Award-Winning Physician Group MultiCultural IPA Celebrates 20th Anniversary
SAN DIEGO --(Business Wire)--
The Independent Practice Association (IPA) MultiCultural
Primary Care Medical Group announced today that they are celebrating
their 20th anniversary.
MultiCultural IPA specializes in the unique healthcare needs of San
Diego's diverse population by promoting culturally sensitive,
comprehensive healthcare for patients of all ages.
"We were the first group to bring the question of ethnicity and
diversity to the patient population here in San Diego," said Rodney
Hood, MD, President of MultiCultural IPA. "Most of us were minority
physicians. Because we had a patient and physician population that
mirrored each other, we decided to focus on San Diego's minority
MultiCultural IPA received the Health
Care Innovation Award from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid
Innovation (CMMI) of California for their work on "hot-spotting,"
a model of care that focuses on coordinating the primary care of
high-risk, high-cost patients.
MultiCultural IPA has since used the grant to continue their mission to
eliminate health disparities in underserved and disadvantaged
"The grant has helped us build a virtual home for patients so we can
help our patients overcome social-economic barriers," said Richard
Butcher, MD, Medical Director of MultiCultural IPA. "We'd like to
integrate nurse case managers, social workers, patient navigators and
pharmacists to help augment the care for patients and our physicians."
MultiCultural IPA also celebrates being the recipient of the California
Association of Physician Groups (CAPG) 2013 Elite
Status Standards of Excellence Award for the second year in a row.
The award demonstrates MultiCultural IPA's dedication to providing
affordable healthcare to families and disadvantaged minority populations
in San Diego.
"Unfortunately the minority population costs more to take care of
because there can be many social-economic barriers, such as lack of
transportation and financial issues," said Dr. Hood. "Our goal is
equitable healthcare for everyone."
To schedule an interview with a physician at MultiCultural IPA, contact
Juanda Calloway at (213) 406-8104.
About MultiCultural IPA
MultiCultural Independent Physicians Association (IPA) is a group of 300
physicians located in San Diego since 1993 and provides healthcare to
more than 18,000 patients and families throughout Chula Vista, National
City, La Mesa, El Cajon, Mira Mesa and Poway, California. MultiCultural
IPA recognizes the diverse population of San Diego County and delivers
patient-centered healthcare that is culturally sensitive to the needs of
families and patients of all ages. Physicians at MultiCultural IPA are
recruited from the top medical schools in the country and embrace the
diverse cultural needs of the residents in San Diego County.
MultiCultural IPA is managed by SynerMed, (www.synermed.com)
a leading Managed Services Organization (MSO) that is dedicated to
improving access to quality care and reducing costs by innovating
healthcare with cutting-edge technology. To learn more about
MultiCultural IPA, visit www.multiculturalipa.com.
About SynerMed, Inc.
SynerMed is a leading Managed Services Organization (MSO) headquartered
in Monterey Park, California. SynerMed is a physician-led and
physician-driven organization, dedicated to innovating healthcare
through an integrated system of tools and services that connects
physicians, members, hospitals and health plans. Since its inception in
1995, SynerMed has been dedicated to improving access to quality care
and reducing healthcare costs through state-of-the-art technology.
SynerMed's advanced technology is powered by CONNECT and
its integrated suite of products: CONSULT, CHECKBOOK, SHARE, MATH,
DIRECT, PLAN, STORE, COMPLEX CARE and BIRTHING CENTER. Today,
SynerMed is one of the largest Managed Services Organizations (MSO) in
the United States, with a network of 10,000 providers who provide access
to care for more than 700,000 members. The company's physician-centric
IPA model promotes growth and sustainability to help physicians remain
independent. For more information about SynerMed, Inc., visit www.synermed.com.
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