Preparing your healthcare organization for value-based care

Baker Tilly presents a value-based care readiness series to help your healthcare organization be better prepared for the paradigm shift to value-based care.


“Pay for Performance”

An outstanding nurse practitioner and physician assistant cadre is growing, adding to PDA’s capability to perform successfully in the new environment

The escalating shortage of primary care physicians has led IPA management to consider the emerging roles of nurse practitioners (NPs) to improve access to primary healthcare services. Since 1996, there has been a steady increase in the number of NPs. That trend, along with the enactment of state laws to expand the scope of practice, prescriptive authority, third-party reimbursement and national efforts to improve healthcare access, has resulted in dramatically expanded roles for NPs in providing primary care services.

PDA has respectfully and conservatively evolved policy and IPA procedures over its lifetime. Today, PDA offers Nurse Practitioners an opportunity characterized by equality, with hospital-owned practices and other employment roles. PDA welcomes the energy and vision of all licensed healthcare providers who are seeking an IPA that provides credentialing and verification by contracted managed care companies.

The changing state of care delivery systems, value-based provider delivery models (PODs) and consumer demand have led PDA to credential and represent medical professionals such as physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurse anesthetists, psychiatric and psychological clinicians and therapists, physical therapists, and speech therapists. As PDA supports integrated delivery in coordination with managed care, these medical and clinical services represent a growing number of current and future dues-paying members of the organization. Their decision is sound, allowing PDA to represent their services in contrast to the unstructured, contract-by-contract selection process and spot market compensation by managed care. They will be treated with equality regarding dues, contract opt-in, policy, procedure and opportunity to serve on the Board and/or Committees.

PDA has proven to be resilient and creative in representing members as the managed care market has evolved. These changes have been subtle and effective because they exactly track with the managed care market for funding healthcare, the inpatient and outpatient segments, and a diverse provider universe.