The PULSE of The Physician Alliance
Friday, March 29, 2019
The Physician Alliance mourns loss of friend and colleague
It is with deep sorrow that The Physician Alliance shares the loss of our friend and colleague, Steve Gil.
Steve joined the St. John Medical Group in 2009 and transitioned to The Physician Alliance in 2011, serving as the first staff member of the information technology department. He successfully led the integration of TPA’s disease registry, from 65,000 patients in 2011 to more than 1.3 million today. This registry and many of Steve’s other developments helped practices better understand their patient population, identify gaps in care and improve quality metrics.
Steve epitomized TPA’s paradigm of creating innovation, always pursuing opportunities to solve problems and help others. His focus on customer service and building better systems to ease burdens on physicians and practice staff led to many best practices, new ideas and improved patient care.
Prior to TPA, Steve worked as an IT statistician analyst for General Motors for 33 years at the Tech Center in Warren. He also served 5 years in the U.S. Navy as an aviation electrician and aviation machinist’s mate/jet engine mechanic. He was a helicopter mechanic on the Medevac unit and then served in the Reserves at the Naval Air facility in China Lake, California. During his service, he received the first Good Conduct Award and Meritorious Unit Commendation National Defense Service Medal.

In honor of Steve's commitment and positive impact on our work, one of TPA's meeting rooms will be renamed the Steve Gil Innovation Room.
New Affiliate Partner helps with revenue cycle management
CRT Medical recently joined The Physician Alliance's Affiliate Partners Program to offer revenue cycle management (RCM) services to physician practices.  TPA members will receive a reduced billing rate on RCM services.

CRT Medical provides full end-to-end RCM services focused on both insurance and patient responsibility. CRT focuses on reducing redundant operations, streamlining the medical billing processes and keeping your practice up to date with ever-changing government regulations.

Find out how CRT Medical can improve your bottom line with a free practice analysis! Please contact Conner Doyle at (248) 679-1752 or to learn more.
Security Risk Assessment provides peace of mind in your practice
A Security Risk Assessment (SRA) is a mandated audit focused on a practice's information vulnerability against various threats. SRAs need to be detailed and regularly occurring to be compliant with multiple HIPAA-related regulations and associated payment systems.

Why get a SRA?
  • HIPAA Security Rule requires a regular SRA
  • Auditors may ask for your latest SRA
  • Participating practices without an SRA may incur MACRA penalties
  • You are curious about your information security

Benefits of a SRA:
  1. Improved compliance
  2. Reduced financial risk
  3. Awareness of security vulnerabilities
  4. Increased comfort of patients information security
  5. A deeper trust of processes
  6. Ability to participate in MACRA/MIPS

The final report will identify the location, risk, likelihood, and damage of violated data associated with the practice. An unbiased account of the security of a practice accompanied by an official certification will increase the likelihood of passing an audit. Click here to read more about the purpose and benefits of a SRA.

Kona Medical Consulting, a TPA Affiliate Partner , offers a SRA to practices for $500, a discounted rate of 40 percent off standard market rate. Contact for more details and to schedule an appointment.
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Featured Affiliate Partner
Huntington Insurance helps protect your practice with cyber liability insurance. Help limit your practice's exposure from data breaches and more. Discounts apply for TPA practices.

Learn more about these services.
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