TMA's PSO Hires Consultant, Seeks Vendors

A formal search for vendors, the inauguration of the physician-led steering committee, and the hiring of an experienced project consultant are signs of strong life in TMA's new organization to give you the survival tools you need to compete in today's health care marketplace, says Louis J. Goodman, PhD, executive vice president and chief executive officer.

Dr. Goodman announced the selection of Three-Sixty Advisory Group of Pasadena, Calif., as a consultant to manage the launching of the TMA Physician Services Organization for Patient Care. The organization is physician-led and will offer services to bolster your clinical and financial autonomy. In addition to TMA, the Dallas County Medical Society and the Harris County Medical Society are key members. The center will bring in new and existing physician groups, health plans, and technology vendors as needed to test and develop effective new care models. 

"The Three-Sixty principals have significant experience in accountable care organizations development, collaborative care models, and building infrastructure to support physician practice management needs," Dr. Goodman said.

The Physician Services Organization for Patient Care also issued a request for information (RFI) for service and software vendors to help it carry out its mission.

"We are looking for the very best vendors, the ones who can help us build the services organization Texas physicians need," said TMA President Stephen L. Brotherton, MD. "We are looking for firms whose skills and expertise can complement TMA's outstanding organization, brand image, and credibility among Texas doctors."

Specifically, TMA seeks firms whose products and services: 

  • Drive improved outcomes in patient health and satisfaction;
  • Support decreased cost of care and ensure operational efficiencies, compliance, and revenue integrity at the physician point of care; and
  • Encompass local market strategy through accountable care organization formation, collaborative care initiatives, and innovative new delivery and payment models.

 July 19 is the deadline to submit a notice of intent to participate. Visit the TMA website to download a copy of the RFI and instructions for completion.

Dr. Goodman praised Three-Sixty's TMA team, including CEO John Nackel, PhD, and client service executive Aimee Sziklai. "John Nackel is a well-known and influential authority in the health care industry, and Aimee Sziklai brings significant experience in building infrastructure for payers and clinical information technology," Dr. Goodman said.

Dr. Nackel said he is excited about the opportunity to work with TMA's Physician Services Organization for Patient Care. "It's transformational," he said. "It's going to provide a more balanced view of the health care industry from the physician perspective, which has traditionally been undervalued within the payer-hospital-physician delivery system.

"Going forward, success in the industry is going to depend on reinforcing the patient-physician relationship and helping physicians spend less time on administrative and other nonpatient-related functions. If we get the patient-physician relationship right, then there will be significant opportunities to improve quality and patient satisfaction, and lower health care cost."

TMA also seeks strategic investment partners. 

Action, July 15, 2013