- Published on Tuesday, 03 June 1997 20:15
- Written by Clyde Noel - Town Crier Staff Writer
The Santa Clara County Individual Practice Association (SCCIPA) recently announced the formation of a new senior management team and the startup of in-house administrative services designed to improve patient care and managed care efficiency.
This large and surprisingly little-known organization of 800 physicians in Santa Clara County choose to practice on their own, rather than join one of the medical clinics in San Jose, Sunnyvale or Palo Alto.
SCCIPA maintains hospital contracts with numerous hospitals in Santa Clara County, including El Camino Hospital in Mountain View. The administration also provides support to Coast Medical Clinic, an IPA that includes a number of physicians who practice at El Camino.
According to Beatrice Hoppe, public relations consultant for SCCIPA, the association has been behind the scenes for more than 10 years linking local physicians who practice medicine on their own. Presently, SCCIPA has more than 800 physicians and serves more than 100,000 local members through contracts with most California health maintenance organizations (HMOs).
"SCCIPA recently decided to invest in management and systems technology to provide their own members additional provider services. They have set up two after-hours programs to supplement medical care by their own physicians," Hoppe said.
The new programs include "On Call Advice," with registered nurses available by phone to help care for fevers, injuries or problems that come late at night or weekends when doctors' offices are closed. "Healthy Advice," a program that will help you take care of yourself through special classes on health issues such as having a baby, losing weight or stopping smoking.
According to Lawrence Bonham, M.D. chief executive and chief medical officer, two new additions were added to the senior management team to help streamline administrative services that link HMO members to the network of SCCIPA physicians.
Lawrence Williams, M.D. joined the IPA as medical director. The Los Altos resident formerly served as medical director for Foundation Health Preferred Administrators, where he developed innovative managed care systems and directed utilization review activities for 200,000 members of HMO and PPO plans.
Williams spent 20 years managing his private practice in oncology and internal medicine, and held leadership positions in El Camino Hospital programs for utilization review, quality management and information systems.
Randall D. Frakes joined the organization last year. He worked with Health Preferred Administrators (originally an El Camino start-up HMO) specializing in physician groups with capitated (payment limit) HMO contracts. He previously managed HMO and self-funded systems development for Blue Crass of California and Take Care. He will serve as executive vice president and chief operating officer
"When you join an HMO, the medical group or IPA you choose has a great impact on the care your receive," Hoppe said.