Merit Independent Physician Association

Incorporated in 2013, Merit IPA is Savannah’s premier network of non-affiliated and independent specialists.  Currently, Merit IPA is comprised of over 135 physicians representing 20 specialties from 24 individual practices.  We are fortunate to be composed of the region’s highest quality and specialized providers, who’s motivation is twofold; First, to improve care via better coordination between providers and, second, to reduce payer cost by avoiding duplicate care.  Merit IPA was also developed to provide a vehicle for advocacy at the local and state levels.  A platform to have an open dialogue with other providers, payers, legislative officials, and other provider based associations for the purpose of building strength in the foundation of todays independent provider.

Our physicians are developing multidisciplinary, symptom-based clinics and specialty driven treatment algorithms which will be deployed in our Emergency rooms that will provide early identification and rapid triage with the goal of preventing disease progression...From our perspective, our goals are fully aligned with insurers and there is no clearer partner for the physicians. It is squarely our hope and intent, to bridge the gap with payers.
              Chris Wixon, MD, Medical Director

             Chris Wixon, MD, Medical Director


In March, 2015, Merit IPA's first Annual Members meeting welcomed Department of Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens, Congressmen Buddy Carter, and Donald Palmisano Jr., CEO of The Medical Association of Georgia, to discuss pressing legislative issues affecting independent physicians. View The Official Press Release Here

      Ralph Hudgens, Commissioner,  Department of                                    Insurance 

    Ralph Hudgens, Commissioner, Department of                                    Insurance 

We will have a group of physicians from various areas around the state that will collaborate on issues that they will then bring directly to me.”

I am a pharmacist, I have people leaving my
store in tears, and they can’t afford our drugs with unfair contracts. They have no choice; if they do not have coverage they won’t pay $40. It is horrible what is going on with closed networks.”
          Buddy Carter, U.S. Congressman

         Buddy Carter, U.S. Congressman


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