Board of Directors
Active & Involved Board of Directors
With an active Board of Directors and a staff of vastly experienced medical and business professionals, IPN successfully and effectively provides for the needs of an independent physician navigating the managed care business. Along with promoting high-quality healthcare and physician education, IPN provides the independent member physician practices with an effective process to coordinate cost-effective, quality patient care services.
Established in 1984, Independent Physicians Network, Inc. was developed as a not-for-profit organization by a group of 200 physicians, mostly pediatricians, in response to Wisconsin’s changes to the Medicaid managed care program. Since then, the focus of IPN broadened to include commercial managed care, adult primary care providers, and a full complement of specialists were added.
Now, with more than 900 member physicians who cover all specialties and provide services to commercial, Medicaid, and Medicare members for several managed care plans, IPN utilizes all area hospitals and many freestanding centers. Through an association with IPN, member physicians and their patients will experience benefits unavailable through many other Independent Physician Associations. There is no fee to join or be accredited through IPN.
Benefits of Becoming an IPN Provider
As an organization dedicated to preserving the autonomy of independent practices, IPN’s member physician review process is ongoing to ensure high-quality consistent patient care. As IPN maintains higher credentialing standards than NCQA, member physicians can be confident in the credentialing services offered through IPN.
Due to the shifting nature of the health care field, it is often difficult to stay current with changing regulations and quality standards. IPN’s Board of Directors helps provide member physicians the tools and valuable educational resources they need to provide high-quality patient care and remain knowledgeable about changing health care issues.
IPN’s involved Board of Directors designs and monitors policies to guide member physicians with various clinical and administrative aspects including studying and negotiating payer contracts. IPN collectively negotiates better rates than individual practitioners, thus provides fair compensation to its member physicians. IPN also acts as an intermediary when doctors experience difficulties with payers or auditing organizations such as the State or Medicare.
Current Board of Directors
Hector Lopez, M.D.
Board President/ Medical Director
Waleed Najeeb, M.D.
VP Medical Affairs
Samir Mullick, M.D.