Nearly 1k Physicians With Detroit Medical Center Ties Opt for Competing PHO

Up to 1,000 private-practice physicians affiliated with Detroit Medical Center have signed affiliation agreements with another physician organization instead of DMC's own physician-hospital organization, according to a Crain's Detroit Business report.

Accountable Care Physicians said it joined Dearborn, Mich.-based United Outstanding Physicians "because it has better infrastructure, contracts and programs," according to an ACP official cited in the report. United Outstanding Physicians also launched an accountable care organization in February.

ACP's attorney said the physician group did not want to affiliate with DMC's PHO because of bylaws containing a provision that could restrict physicians to only contracting under DMC managed care contracts, according to the report.

The agreement is expected to dilute the potential contracting effectiveness of DMC's physician-hospital organization. DMC's PHO is relatively new, having formed in Nov. 2010. It has signed up more than 1,000 physicians since. A DMC spokesperson said the PHO had made it clear that it has no objections to any physician who joins multiple physician organizations, according to the report.

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