Dr. Richard Merkin, President and CEO, Heritage Provider Network, Sponsors Community Healthcare Dialogue, Second in a Cont

MARINA DEL REY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Dr. Richard Merkin, President and CEO of Heritage Provider Network sponsored the second in a Healthcare dialogue series discussing the impact of Healthcare Reform Legislation on the Community and the economic implications for businesses. The event was co-sponsored by The United Chambers of Commerce and Lakeside Medical Organization, part of the HPN family. Attendees listened to influential panelists including The Honorable Dr. Keith Richman, Lakeside Medical Organization, part of the HPN family and former California State Assemblyman, Paula Wilson, President and CEO of Valley Community Clinic, Mark Meyers, President and CEO of Glendale Memorial Hospital.

Sean McCarthy of United Chambers of Commerce, Chair of Government Affairs, and McCarthy and Associates, moderated the panel. The discussion centered on the impact of Healthcare Reform on the community, including how to keep healthcare costs down while integrating newly insured to our distressed hospitals and community clinics.

"There are three major areas of concern regarding healthcare posed by the reform bill, "said The Honorable Dr. Keith Richman, of Lakeside Medical Organization, part of the HPN family, and former California State Assemblyman. "Access to care, quality of care and the cost of care. What we are doing and have been doing in our organization is manage these in an accountable way that is successful for the patient and the doctor."

Mark Meyers, President and CEO of Glendale Memorial Hospital was clear on the need for reform, “The current rise in the costs of healthcare is unsustainable, we have to control costs while still providing the best care possible to our patients,” said Mr. Meyers. “We will be working with more physician groups and accountable care organizations to find ways to work together to solve the problems of increases in demands from the patient sector.”

“The impact of the estimated 20 million newly insured dictated by the passage of the Healthcare Reform Act presents an huge challenge for us,” said Paula Wilson, President and CEO of the Valley Community Clinic. “We will be taking in new patients, 500,000 in LA County alone, doubling the current care level, attracting new providers in primary care combined with a need to increase our infrastructure. Navigating this rapid expansion will require a shift in focus including finding sources for additional funding.”

"Our Community Healthcare Dialogue series provides an important opportunity to hear from our most valued healthcare leaders and in turn, gives community members the forum to interact with them,” said Dr. Richard Merkin, President and CEO of Heritage Provider Network. “We are able to take these ideas exchanged and implement them in our healthcare delivery systems, as we are always looking for better ways to provide quality healthcare.”

About HPN:

Heritage Provider Network, Inc. (HPN) is on the cutting edge of the accountable care model of health care delivery: coordinated, patient-doctor centric, integrated health care systems that represent the future of health care in the United States. HPN develops programs and services that are responsive to the healthcare needs of today's patient. HPN designs its networks to offer patients a comprehensive range of medical care in convenient locations. It organizes and manages medical groups and independent practice associations, integrating with hospitals and ancillary care providers. This system represents a workable, successful business model that has been duplicated with medical groups, IPAs and medical facilities throughout California. HPN is dedicated to quality, affordable health care and putting patients' wellness first.


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