ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Change Healthcare has entered into a long-term managed services agreement with Nampa, Idaho-based Saltzer Medical Group, P.A., a large multi-specialty physician practice serving the Boise metropolitan area and southwestern Idaho. Saltzer has operated as a part of St. Luke’s Health System since 2012, but will now become an independent practice to more effectively serve patients in the Treasure Valley region.
Under terms of the arrangement, Change Healthcare will assume responsibility for all Saltzer’s non-clinical operations. Capabilities provided by Change Healthcare will include:
- Strategic services - strategic consultation, executive oversight, and business development
- Practice management services - clinical and administrative staff management, finance, accounting, real estate, human resources and technology hosting and support
- Revenue cycle management services
Saltzer is a primary care-anchored, multi-specialty practice with locations in the major population centers of Idaho’s Treasure Valley, including the cities of Boise, Nampa, Caldwell and Meridian. The practice also operates three ancillary service sites in Canyon and Ada counties.
John Kaiser, MD, president of the group, said allowing Change Healthcare to take responsibility for Saltzer’s operational and business functions will enable clinicians to focus exclusively on the provision of care. He said Change Healthcare was selected on the strength of the company’s reputation and experience as well as the depth of its service offerings.
As part of this process, Change Healthcare will manage Saltzer’s non-clinical employees and collectively with Saltzer Medical Group leadership, design and execute strategic initiatives to further enhance the delivery of quality patient healthcare in the Treasure Valley.
“The business of healthcare has become increasingly complex, and we realized we needed additional expertise to help us navigate today’s uncertain waters,” Kaiser said. “As one of the nation’s largest and most experienced companies offering physician practice management services, Change Healthcare provides us with that expertise. We look forward to working with them to realize our collective vision of creating a strong and growing medical practice that can serve patients throughout the Treasure Valley.”
In addition to overseeing operational aspects of the practice, Kaiser said Change Healthcare also will provide strategic planning assistance aimed at growing the group’s provider base, expanding clinical programs and services, and improving brand recognition.
Pat Leonard, president, Technology-Enabled Services, Change Healthcare, said the company’s experts will be closely engaged with Saltzer on a continual basis to ensure a successful transition to independent status. “We are pleased that Saltzer recognizes the range of capabilities that Change Healthcare can bring to help practices thrive in the current environment,” Leonard said. “We look forward to helping them move forward and grow as an independent physician organization.”
About Saltzer Medical Group, P.A.
Saltzer Medical Group’s origins date to 1961, when a Canadian-born physician, Joseph Saltzer, founded the practice in Nampa, Idaho. Over the ensuing decades, Saltzer grew to become the largest multi-specialty group in Idaho and a critical provider of patient care throughout the Boise region. The practice operates three primary, specialist and urgent care facilities, as well as three ancillary service sites, which include eye care and sleep healthcare. For more information, visit: www.saltzermed.com/.
About Change Healthcare
On March 2, 2017, Change Healthcare and McKesson announced the closing of their transaction to form a new healthcare technology company. The new company is called Change Healthcare, and the former McKesson Business Performance Services is now known as Technology-Enabled Services.
Change Healthcare is inspiring a better healthcare system. Working alongside our customers and partners, we leverage our software and analytics, network solutions and technology-enabled services to help them improve efficiency, reduce costs, increase cash flow and more effectively manage complex workflows. Together, we are accelerating the journey toward improved lives and healthier communities. Learn more at www.changehealthcare.com.