History of Western Physicians' Alliance
Western Physicians' Alliance was founded in 1994 by a group of Reno physicians.
At that time, managed health care payers were seeking more involvement from physicians in the areas of utilization management, risk contracts and other activities traditionally outside a typical physician's practice.
The experience of physicians in California and other parts of the country made it clear an Independent Physician Association (or IPA) could play a valuable role in supporting local physicians in the evolving managed health care environment of the early 90's.
From its inception, Western Physicians' Alliance has been sensitive to the needs of both primary care and specialty physicians. Its governing board has a unique and innovative composition designed to foster compromise and agreement among its physician members.
Promoting Quality Health Care in Northern Nevada
WPA has worked with with several health care plans in the region since its inception, improving access to, as well as improving the quality and cost efficiency of health care for patients in Northern Nevada.
WPA has worked diligently to reduce administrative burdens for its member physicians. WPA has also been instrumental in helping reduce the medical malpractice insurance costs for members.
Several years ago, an agreement negotiated with Trans-America Group allowed WPA members to acquire group malpractice insurance with a company offering not only discounted rates, but one known for reliably providing a defense against claims.
WPA, through its administrative resources, also provides credentialing services. This assistance alone has saved WPA's members considerable internal resources, as well as hours of valuable practice time.
WPA's administrative staff also provides an interface between individual physician practices and health plan personnel and has expedited resolutions to many other health care issues. These services have been, and continue to be, tremendously beneficial to WPA's physician members.
Western Physicians' Alliance has offices in the McCarran Quail Business Park in South Reno. Administrative services are provided through American Medical Network.
WPA's has a one-time membership fee. For the past several years, WPA's Board has approved and paid generous annual distributions to each of its physician members. WPA's ability to provide these distributions is the result of sound fiscal and administrative management.
Few, if any, other physician organizations have been able to provide so many benefits at so little membership cost to its members.
For more than 20 years, Western Physicians' Alliance has provided its growing membership with representation and services in the health care market. Many knowledgeable people within the health care industry believe WPA plays an essential role in the local medical community, stabilizing the business for its physician members and providing a methodology for improving quality and access to care.
America's health care system is in constant evolution. Western Physicians' Alliance is dedicated to remaining a viable force in our local health care community, serving as an effective, attentive advocate for its physician members and building bridges to other health care organizations as it serves the people and communities in Northern Nevada.