The Pulse is the bi-weekly e-newsletter from The Physician Alliance, one of Michigan's largest physician organizations serving more than 2,200 primary care and specialty physicians.
The Pulse of The Physician Alliance
Friday, September 28, 2018
Patient-centered medical home designations announced  
The Physician Alliance is proud to share that 129 primary care practices, representing 363 physicians, earned patient-centered medical home designation by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, effective September 2018. This achievement makes 93 percent of TPA PCPs designated PCMH and 96 percent of attributed membership linked to a PCMH practice.

The patient centered medical home care model facilitates partnerships between individual patients and their primary care provider, as well as other caregivers and the patient's family. The PCMH model relies on open communication between the primary care physician and other physicians, health care staff and the patient to ensure necessary care is received and long-term coordination of care is available across the care continuum. PCMH designation provides 20-45 percent additional reimbursement to E&M billing.

Congratulations to these practices on their hard work! Click here for a list of PCMH practices.
Pediatric practices earn top PCMH designation 

Two pediatric practices in The Physician Alliance earned distinctive recognition in Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan's patient-centered medical home program.

In 2018, BCBSM designated 1,700 primary care practices as PCMH. Thomas D. Shomaker, DO & Michael L. Little, MD Pediatrics earned the top PCMH ranking in Michigan!

Northpointe Pediatrics is included in the top 20 PCMH ranking in the state.

CONGRATULATIONS to these two practices for their successes and dedication to improving patient care!
For a complete list of PCMH practices, click here.
Discounted diabetic supplies available to patients 

Several diabetic products will be available for cash prices in Ascension Michigan retail pharmacies starting Oct. 1, 2018. Items such as test strips, monitors and lancets have low prices for diabetic patients. Click here to see items and cash prices. Also note that the patient's out-of-pocket expenses may be lower if a prescription drug plan covers diabetic products. Download a list of local Ascension Michigan pharmacies.
Affiliate Partners program expands to include physician mortgage option 

The Physician Alliance and Huntington Bank expanded their partnership to include a special mortgage program available to physicians and residents.

The program offers great benefits, including:
  • $300 closing cost discount
  • NO private mortgage insurance
  • NO prepayment penalty
  • NO restrictions on residency
  • Income-based student calculator for anyone in residency or fellowship
  • A wide range of financing options, including 100% financing up to $750,000 and 90% financing up to $2,000,000
For more information, download a program flyer or click here. Contact Sandi Frith, mortgage loan officer (NMLS# 564023) at 586.749.8355 or 
1Some limits apply. Program only available to medical doctors who have a minimum degree of M.D., D.O., D.M.D., D.V.M. or D.D.S. and proof of sufficient income or employment contract.  2Active employment contract required with proof of sufficient income and reserves. Minimum reserves required are 2 months PITI plus one month for each payment due between the first payment due date to when employment begins.  3Loan-to-value (LTV) financing options vary based on customer FICO score.
Physician practice space available  

Is your practice looking to move or expand space? Are you interested in a real estate investment? Check out these properties, available through Lino Realty, a partner in TPA's Affiliate Partners Program

29200 Harper, St. Clair Shores  
Sale Price: $1,800,000
Property features: 
  • Includes available 7,100 square feet of space. Medical suite includes 10+ exam rooms, 4 private physician offices and x-ray room. Also includes 1,100 square feet of attic space for storage.
  • Additional 2,900 square feet is currently leased (tenant recently renewed for 5 years (nnn lease).
  • Perfect for use by a medical practice with an income stream from other tenant
  • Beautiful designed and very well maintained building
  • Ample parking
46591 Romeo Plank, Macomb Township
$540,000 - Priced to Sell!
Click here to view pictures and details
Property features:
  • 4,731 square feet medical office condominium. 
  • Current specialties include pediatrics, OB-Gyn, physical therapy, family medicine, diagnostics and other practices. 
  • Suite includes 10 exam rooms, large lab area, private physician offices and private entrance.
  • Easy 1st floor access and parking
Contact Michael Pulcini at  Lino Realty at 586-212-0755 or
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