BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Ajit Parekh, MD & Assistant Medical Director
Dr. Ajit Parekh has been in independent practice since 1977 and specializes in Pulmonary and Critical Care. Dr. Parekh has been a member of IPN for over eighteen years and serves as one of our Assistant Medical Directors; he has previously served as Medical Director and Board President.
Dr. Parekh received his medical degree from the University of Bombay, India. He has also obtained Internal Medicine training at Rutgers University and Pulmonary training at Long Island Jewish Hillside Hospital (SUNY). Dr. Parekh also received his M.S. in Healthcare from the Business School at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. He has served as Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Kansas and has taught at a Respiratory Therapy school in Kansas.
Why I joined IPN
Dr. Parekh originally joined IPN because it is an organization that unifies medical practitioners with a strong desire to remain independent. Because of his vast leadership skills and extensive medical career, Dr. Parekh understands the challenges and burdens of the independent practitioner. With leadership from experienced independent physicians, such as Dr. Parekh, IPN is able to help other independent practitioners sustain their practices and remain independent. As IPN provides this assistance at no cost, Dr. Parekh urges all independent practitioners to join IPN and become members.
As a member of IPN, Dr. Parekh and other member physicians are able to use all of IPN’s available resources at no charge. In his particular practice, Dr. Parekh recognizes that IPN has been beneficial in many ways in maintaining his independence.
Due to the shifting nature of the health care field, it is often difficult to stay current with changing regulations and quality standards, IPN provides member physicians the tools and valuable educational resources they need to provide high-quality patient care.
IPN’s active and involved Board of Directors designs and monitors policies to guide member physicians with various clinical and administrative aspects including reviewing and negotiating payer contracts. IPN collectively negotiates better rates than individual practitioners, thus it 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.
As the medical care system continues to change, IPN and its leaders like Dr. Parekh will continue to provide its services and leadership to support the independent physician.