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Merging Practices Into an ACO a Tricky Business
Health Leaders Media

Sometimes the best way to integrate electronic medical record (EMR) systems is not to integrate them — at least not right away, Jim Walton, DO, MBA, president and CEO of Genesis Accountable Physician Network, said here.

Walton, who came on board at Dallas-based Genesis — a network of 500 primary care physicians and 900 specialists — in 2013, was faced with the task of integrating the practices and transitioning them from being in an independent practice association (IPA) to being an accountable care organization (ACO).

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