What standards do I have to meet to participate in VirtuaPhysicianPartners?
Participating members in the network must adhere to established quality criteria which the VirtuaPhysicianPartners
Board of Managers may amend over time. Physicians may join as groups or individuals to allow for maximum flexibility of different group structures.
Will I have to be employed by Virtua or give up my medical staff privileges at non-Virtua hospitals?
No, a key benefit of clinical integration is that it allows Virtua, Virtua Medical Group and independent physicians to collaborate without sacrificing independence. VirtuaPhysicianPartners
does not preclude participating members from maintaining their own private practice or restrict the facilities to which they can refer or provide services.
Can I join other clinically integrated networks if I join VirtuaPhysicianPartners?
will be a non-exclusive CIN which will allow physicians to participate in other CINs to ensure that all patients in the market have access to the highest quality coordinated care. Participating physicians may be required to disclose ACO and value-based contract arrangements to the board.
To avoid conflicts of interest, physician leaders of VirtuaPhysicianPartners
will sign a conflict of interest and disclosure form and agree not to sit on the board or key committee of another CIN. Physician leaders include physicians participating on current and future Boards & Committees. Owners & Participants may be restricted from having an ownership interest in other CINs.
Do I have to participate in all VirtuaPhysicianPartners contracts?
Yes, participating physicians must agree to participate in 100% of VirtuaPhysicianPartners
contracts that include their specialty. If a participant has a current value based contract, the physician may continue that until the end of its term, then can be moved to VPP. A participating physician cannot opt out of individual contracts that VPP is involved with.
Who leads VirtuaPhysicianPartners?VirtuaPhysicianPartners
- PCP: Primary care attribution models used in value-based contracts may preclude primary care physicians from participating in multiple CIN/ACOs that contract with the same payer.
- Specialist: This provision does not typically preclude specialists from participating in multiple CINs.
is a physician-led and professionally managed organization. It is governed by a 13-member Board of Managers, with seven independent physicians, five Virtua physicians and one Virtua executive. A full-time Physician Executive leads VirtuaPhysicianPartners
, supported by a full-time Executive Director.
How will key decisions be made and will my voice be heard?
While the Board of Managers and Executive Leadership team will govern and lead VirtuaPhysicianPartners
, four standing committees with majority physician representation will be responsible for developing and implementing VirtuaPhysicianPartners
: Clinical Effectiveness, Finance, Network & Contracting, and Infrastructure committees. VirtuaPhysicianPartners
will openly solicit physicians to participate on these committees upon its formation.
What infrastructure will VirtuaPhysicianPartners use to support its program?
members are required to share clinical quality data to effectively collaborate on clinical effectiveness initiatives. WhileVirtuaPhysicianPartners
is being formed, network staff will conduct an inventory of all practices’ electronic medical records (EMRs) and other systems to determine the best mechanism for creating a shared infrastructure.
Will participation in VirtuaPhysicianPartners require me to change the way I practice medicine?
Participating members will design and implement a new care model based on cross-continuum coordination, evidence-based medicine and patient engagement. This model will be adopted by all participating members for successful collaboration leading to the best quality care of patients.
Is Virtua Physician Partners moving toward capitation?
is not considering assuming performance or insurance risk for defined populations in its short-term contracting strategy. Any such contracts will require full vetting by the Contracting Committee, while the Board will approve only those contracts that are designed to provide economic benefit to Participating Members.
What are VirtuaPhysicianPartners’ top initial priorities and how can I support them?
Virtua Physician Partners’ top priority is to engage staff that can lead its work across Clinical Effectiveness, Finance, Infrastructure and Contracting.
cannot be successful without sustained and extensive physician engagement. You can support the network by actively participating in those committees or initiatives that most interest you.