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February 1, 2021
The Privia Advantage

Consumers of health care services – the patients – have a lot of options in North Texas.  There are more than 17,000 physicians practicing across the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex and thousands more Nurse Practitioners and Physicians Assistants

Many health care providers are affiliated with a hospital system and there are several such large hospital systems in the DFW area.  The evolving economics of health care mean there are fewer independent practices than there used to be. 

Privia Medical Group North Texas (PMGNTX) is different than most other provider groups in the DFW area.  PMGNTX provides its physician members with core administrative services, freeing them up from the paperwork and red tape that dominates the practice of medicine today.  Yet, unlike a practice controlled or influenced by an outside interest such as a hospital system or venture capital group, PMGNTX physicians run their practices the way they see fit.  This model puts the patient first.  

“Doctors do not go to four years of college, four years of medical school and then complete a three to seven-year residency because they want to fill out paperwork and argue with insurance companies for the rest of their career!” says Dr. Larry Tatum, CEO of PMGNTX.  “Doctors make this commitment because they are driven by a desire to help their patients.  Simply put, doctors want to doctor folks.  At PMGNTX, we’ve created the framework to empower our physician members to maintain their independence and do exactly that.”

For a patient looking to establish a relationship with a primary care provider or identify a specialist, the choices can certainly be overwhelming and there are a variety of factors to consider.  These are some of the key factors any patient should consider when looking for a provider and why a PMGNTX physician is a good choice:

Accessibility

PMGNTX includes more than 300 providers in more than 30 specialty areas across seven North Texas counties. 

Patient-centered

PMGNTX physicians are laser-focused on their patients’ health and wellness and set high standards for themselves.  PMGNTX focuses on proactive team-based and evidence-based care, utilizing the latest technologies and advancements in medicine.  Having a medical home should mean something, and that’s why the patient is always the central focus and can expect unhurried, comprehensive visits that allow the time necessary to develop an individualized care plan. 

Patient wellness is always the top priority at PMGNTX.  “When our patients are sick, we work hard to make them feel better as soon as possible.  Equally importantly, we work with our patients to maintain a healthy lifestyle to reduce your chance from getting sick in the first place,” explains Dr. James Harvey, a primary care physician.

Patients continue to give high marks to PMGNTX for its approach to health care:  in a 2020 customer satisfaction survey, 85.4% of patients said they would recommend their doctor to their friend. 

A Leader in Value-Based Care

Value-based care is based on the premise that health care providers should be incentivized to keep patients healthy, thereby decreasing patient utilization of health care services and reducing costs.  For the last several years, Privia Medical Group North Texas (PMGNTX) has been a leader in adopting value-based care practices. 

In 2019, PMGNTX’s accountable care organization (ACO), Privia Quality Network–Central Texas, achieved $3 million in shared savings through the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) while receiving an above-average quality score of 94%.  The performance results show that the physicians and healthcare providers in the ACO achieved 2019 outpatient expenditures 39% below the median ACO, and inpatient expenditures 17% below the median ACO.

Insurance

There is nothing worse than having to worry if your health care provider is in-network with your insurance coverage. PMGNTX providers are in-network with all major health insurance carriers in North Texas.  It is important to see providers in your network to avoid excessive out-of-pocket costs. 

Independence 

One of the frustrations both patients and doctors have with hospital system-affiliated practices is that the patient is essentially forced into having any surgeries, procedures or labs done at that particular hospital and its affiliated locations. 

Privia physicians have admitting privileges at multiple hospitals across the Metroplex and are free to pursue privileges wherever they like.  This approach provides greater flexibility, convenience and health care quality for our patients. 

Respect

PMGNTX physicians are nationally-recognized as some of the top in their fields.  Each year, dozens of PMGNTX physicians are listed on peer-selected “Top Doctors” lists across the Metroplex, due to their reputations as leaders in medicine. 

Convenience

PMGNTX patients have 24/7 access to their secure health records.  They also have the ability to request prescription refills online, request and receive same-day/next day appointments and receive care reminders and alerts.  Patients can also send and receive secure messages with their care teams and make secure, online payments.

Community

PMGNTX physicians and employees work hard to make North Texas a better place to live. Several PMGNTX physicians serve on the faculty of the Texas Christian University/University of North Texas Health Science Center Medical School in Fort Worth, helping train the next generation of doctors.

PMGNTX physicians frequently volunteer their time and skills to various community causes and events, such as the Presbyterian Night Shelter, American Heart Association, Colorectal Cancer Awareness and the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, just to name a few. 

Need a Doctor? Call Privia.

Remember, good health care starts with a relationship with a primary care provider and establishing a medical home.  That medical home is there to make you better if you get sick – but it should also work just as hard to keep you well.  If you’re looking for a doctor, take a look at the PMGNTX list of providers and find one near you.  

This article contains information sourced from:

The Texas Medical Board

Privia Quality Network–North Texas Celebrates Successful Year in Medicare Shared Savings Program, Generates $3 Million in Savings - Privia Health