Reasons for Creating the Intermountain Medical Group

From the beginning, Intermountain recognized that it needed to build strong relationships with physicians, realizing that close cooperation was essential in order to keep raising the bar of excellence in healthcare. In the 1980s, we began to engage physicians more meaningfully in the organization's operations and governance.

Based on the recommendation of a joint Intermountain-physician task force, in 1994 the Intermountain Medical Group (originally called the IHC Physician Division) was born. The task force highlighted a number of important issues, including:

1. Quality improvement and utilization management. Physicians direct patient care in hospitals, and are critical to our efforts to improve care processes, manage utilization, and develop clinical programs.

2. Prevention. Physicians can do more than treat and manage disease. They can also help their patients prevent illness and help reduce or even prevent hospitalizations.

3. Security. Managed care plans are able to direct their members to certain hospitals and physicians. In the 1990s, many physicians saw an alliance with Intermountain as a way of securing both reasonable reimbursement levels and patients.

4. Intermountain brings financial and administrative resources to Medical Group physicians, who are then free to focus on patient care. They are also freed of most of the administrative work associated with a solo or group practice. Also, they benefit from Intermountain's investment in new, computer-based clinical information systems that help take patient care to higher levels.

5. The Intermountain area community benefits when the Intermountain Medical Group creates new physician clinics, located close to the patients they serve.

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