Mercy Health unifies physician practices in Ohio and Kentucky

Cincinnati, OH (Sept. 5, 2014)— Mercy Health (formerly Catholic Health Partners), Ohio’s largest healthcare provider, has unified about 1,000 physicians into a single practice group and named Imran Andrabi, MD, as board chair.

“We are committed to working together as one team to improve the health of the communities we serve,” said Dr. Andrabi. “By combining best practices in evidence-based medicine with leading-edge technologies, we are focused on providing the care our patients need to help ensure prevention and personal wellness.”

Physicians using evidence-based medicine make medical decisions based on proven standards of care and resulting outcomes. That means the science for how to best treat specific issues remains consistent within the Mercy Health system. The highest standard of care is delivered to every patient, no matter where they live or how they access care from a Mercy Health Physicians provider.

The new practice group will include all of Mercy Health’s employed physicians in Cincinnati, Defiance, Lima, Springfield, Toledo, Willard, Lorain and Youngstown, Ohio, as well as those practicing in Paducah, Kentucky. It also includes HealthSpan physicians.

This transition is part of the not-for-profit healthcare ministry’s strategy to transform its care to a model that focuses on prevention and wellness. Mercy Health Physicians statewide share access to secure patient records, enabling them to better manage patient care. The physicians employ tactics that help identify high-risk patients and offer additional intervention, leading to better outcomes and lower healthcare costs.

The practice group also focuses on delivering care within a new payment model. Physicians traditionally have been compensated for service volume. Mercy Health has partnered with HealthSpan and other insurers to compensate them for helping patients be well. That means better access to care through phone, email and other channels for HealthSpan plan members, instead of requiring patients to make unnecessary office visits.

Dr. Andrabi has been part of Mercy Health for 22 years and has held several physician and executive leadership positions. In addition to serving as chair of Mercy Health Physicians board, Dr. Andrabi will continue to serve as Mercy Health’s Northern Market chief operating officer and president/chief network integration officer. He resides in Toledo, Ohio with his wife and three children.