Emerald Coast Health Alliance
Physician Shareholder Membership
The Emerald Coast Health Alliance originated in September 1994, when William R Marshall, M.D. brought the idea of creating a physician/surgery center IPA (Independent Practice Association) to meet the challenges of managed care in Northwest Florida. A pilot program funded by Surgical Care Affiliates/HealthSouth was developed with the help of a medical consultant and a healthcare attorney.
The IPA quickly became a multi-specialty services IPA with equal representation of medical and surgical physicians as well as other ancillary services and providers. David Arrowsmith, MD succeeded Dr. Marshall as chairman in March 2000.
To set the standard for the highest quality healthcare delivery in our community.
To provide patients, employers, and payors in the region with a multi-specialty network that stresses provider accountability, patient access, and quality of care while focusing on opportunities for reduced cost and improved outcomes.
A Florida C business corporation formed as a messenger model IPA.
Owners of the Alliance
105 community physicians/shareholders
As a physician shareholder, you have both a financial ownership position and a voice (one vote per physician) in the organization. You are also eligible to serve on the Governing Board.
Cost of Shareholder and Membership Status
Shareholders get twenty-five (25) shares for $3000.
Dues are set annually by the Board and are billed to the members in quarterly payments. Dues are not assessed during your first year. The current dues for a specialty physician are $1800 a year and a primary care physician (family practice, pediatrics, general internal medicine) are $1200 a year.
Membership will bring you access to group purchasing of supplies and services, contracting for the provision of medical services, sharing of best administrative and medical practices, creation of a forum of collegial discussion, continuing medical education, centralized credentialing services and a patient satisfaction survey process to name just a few.
Keys to the Alliance success