“This service is free to the community and our qualified physicians. All family practice or internal medicine physicians are employed by or contracted with a St. Dominic’s affiliate. Referral listings are based on your location and are rotated.”
For Everything Else
“This service is free to the community and our qualified physicians. All physicians participating are employed by or contracted with a St. Dominic’s affiliate or are community physicians in good standing, are actively practicing at St. Dominic’s, and have a clinic in the community. Referral listings are based on location, affiliation and are rotated.”
Explanation of Safe Harbor
What groups are considered to be a St. Dominic’s affiliate?
St. Dominic’s currently has two affiliates that employ or contract physicians. These include St. Dominic’s Medical Associates and The MEA Clinics.
What does ‘actively practicing’ mean?
Physicians who are actively practicing at St. Dominic’s are on the active medical staff and have provided care to at least 12 patients at St. Dominic’s during the past 12 months. Physicians who have joined the active medical staff at St. Dominic’s within the past 12 months are also included regardless of their current patient contacts.
What is considered to be a patient contact?
Patient contacts include inpatient or observation patient admissions, consultations, and same day surgeries.
Why 12 patient contacts?
St. Dominic’s has determined that a minimum of 12 patient contacts annually is needed in order to monitor physician quality and performance.
What if there are no physicians in a particular specialty with more than 12 patient contacts?
Some specialties are strictly outpatient practices. If no physician in a particular specialty has more than 12 patient contacts all physicians in that specialty who are on the active medical staff at St. Dominic’s are included. If the low volume specialty includes physicians who are employed by or contracted with a St. Dominic’s affiliate then only the employed and/or contracted physicians are included.
What specialties are not included?
Specialties such as Anesthesiology, Emergency Medicine, Hospital Medicine, Neonatology, Pathology, Radiation Oncology, and Radiology are not included because they are hospital based ancillary services.