September 29, 2000
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In a move to reaffirm its commitment to primary care while streamlining operations, Johns Hopkins Medicine created Johns Hopkins Community Physicians, a merger of the primary care practice of Johns Hopkins Bayview Physicians and the Johns Hopkins Medical Services Corporation (MSC).
The strategic consolidation centralizes Hopkins’ primary care operations in a statewide group practice of 19 primary care locations with 115 board certified primary care providers. The group will operate in facilities conveniently located in East Baltimore, Greater Dundalk, Green Spring Station, and the new 50,000-square-foot facility in White Marsh, as well as at centers in Anne Arundel, Carroll, Frederick, Harford, Howard, Montgomery, Prince George’s and Washington counties.
“At a time when several primary care organizations have left Maryland due to financial pressures, this move reaffirms our commitment to patients and payers alike to provide primary care in a community setting as part of a truly integrated Hopkins health care system,” says Ronald R. Peterson, president of The Johns Hopkins Health System and Hospital and executive vice president of Johns Hopkins Medicine. “We can provide care in a more comprehensive, integrated and efficient manner that benefits our patients and our physician group practice.”
The merger between the two groups represented a perfect match, says Peterson.
“While Bayview Physicians had successfully designed and developed several primary care centers in the Northeast Baltimore and Dundalk regions, it lacked the comprehensive administrative infrastructure necessary to grow and sustain such practices in today’s market,” he points out. “Medical Services Corporation, on the other hand, had an established, effective administrative system for supporting its 16 primary care sites. A merger was natural.”
As a result of the merger, Hopkins already has saved about $1 million in administrative overhead costs and anticipates greater future savings as result of combining the comprehensive primary care infrastructures of the two former organizations and streamlining of clinical operations.
“What we’ve done is take the best features of each other’s primary care practice and fused them into one operation,” says Bill Kent, newly appointed president of MSC and president of Johns Hopkins Community Physicians. “For example, while Bayview Physicians had developed innovative practice management tools, MSC had developed effective marketing and managed care capabilities.” Prior to his appointment as MSC president, Kent had been acting president of that organization.
Mark Hopkins, vice president for administration at the Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and former executive director of Bayview Physicians, says the move will make Johns Hopkins Community Physicians more efficient by eliminating duplication. “We’ve reduced much of the overhead costs of two separate systems, and made credentialing and insurance company contracting easier as well,” he notes.
Barbara G. Cook, M.D., vice president of medical affairs for MSC, also will serve as vice president for medical affairs of Johns Hopkins Community Physicians.