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Physicians and Hospitals Join Forces To Meet the Challenge of Managed Care Markets

Manasquan, N.J. -- More than 150,000 physicians and 1,100 hospitals/medical centers practicing within the United States have joined together to form physician hospital organizations (PHOs), according to data collected and verified by The Managed Care Information Center for its new reference book, The National Directory of Physician Organizations.

In a PHO, physician and hospitals typically have equal ownership in an entity that provides a broad array of provider services to managed care organizations. PHOs are organized to provide joint managed care contracting between hospitals and physicians.

The first reported formation of PHOs began in 1983 increasing steadily until 1994 when, in just one year, the number of PHOs doubled.

The formation of new PHOs continued to increase in both 1995 and 1996, The Managed Care Information Center found.

"The number of physicians and hospitals following this trend is expected to continue on an upward spiral as managed care continues to dramatically influence healthcare providers," said Gwen Lareau, special projects director at The Managed Care Information Center.

A ranking of the top five states according to PHO penetration by The Managed Care Information Center's research analysts reveals that Texas has the most PHOs with 71. Ohio has the second highest number of PHOs with 43, followed by Illinois -- 42, Pennsylvania -- 36 and Florida -- 33, according to research results tabulated from data collected during the third quarter of 1997, for The National Directory of Physician Organizations.

The National Directory of Physician Organizations details more than 600 PHOs nationwide. Each PHO profile includes names and titles of key executives, number of associated physicians, state of incorporation, market area, PHO functions, affiliated hospitals and the management services organization (MSO) associated with the PHO. Other physician organizations profiled are independent practice associations (IPAs), physician practice management companies (PPMs) and primary care networks.

The National Directory of Physician Organizations is indexed 11 ways by each of the seven executive titles; PHO organization name; IPA organization name; MSO name; and affiliated/participating hospitals all cross-referenced to their detailed profiles for easy reference.

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