Northside Medical Center
Columbia Medical Associates joins Group Health Columbia Medical Associates (CMA), a group of more than 50 primary care providers with 75,000 patients in the Spokane region, has signed a letter of intent with Group Health Physicians and Group Health Cooperative to be acquired as a separate but aligned entity. “The physicians of CMA have always been leaders in primary care and believe strongly in the development of an integrated delivery system in the Spokane area,” said Jeffrey Markin, MD, president of the CMA Board of Directors. “Group Health shares the same values and vision and has demonstrated success with its patient-centered, medical home model of care. Our alignment with Group Health allows us to build on those successes by leveraging Group Health’s many resources to develop a comprehensive system of care with primary care physicians at the core.” Under the agreement, CMA will continue employing its non-physician staff, and its doctors will continue seeing patients who have insurance other than Group Health at their current locations. CMA doctors will join Group Health Physicians and CMA will operate as a separate entity within the Group Health enterprise. “For over a decade, Group Health and Columbia Medical Associates (CMA) have worked together as care partners for Group Health members in Spokane,” said Michael Soman, MD, president and Chief Medical Executive of Group Health Physicians. “Our physicians have built a strong relationship over time, sharing common values about how comprehensive primary care can support high quality, affordable health care for patients. We are delighted that we now have the opportunity to combine our clinical efforts toward improved patient satisfaction and health outcomes for CMA and Group Health patients in Spokane.” Group Health recently announced a collaboration with Providence Health Care to create an integrated delivery system in Spokane. The organizations plan to align clinical programs that support a comprehensive, locally-grown health system that provides a patient-centered, seamless system of care. The acquisition of CMA supports the goal of bringing clinicians across the community together to coordinate care for members and patients. “Group Health is making a significant investment in its promise to transform healthcare in Spokane, said Scott Armstrong, president and CEO of Group Health Cooperative. “Our collaboration with Providence was the first step toward creating an integrated health delivery system. Aligning with CMA is another step in this process, which will result in new services for patients and improved care coordination among different providers.” Columbia Medical Associates represents 30 primary care physicians, 11 advanced registered nurse practitioners, seven physician assistants, one mental health practitioner and five licensed medical technologists. Collectively, the group employs 187 people at 14 locations throughout Spokane.