The Children’s Health Alliance was formerly known as the Pediatric IPA (the Pediatric Independent Physician Association). Private pediatricians in the Portland metropolitan community formed the IPA in 1998 to represent primary care pediatricians collectively in health plan contracting. The IPA signed its first contract with Regence HMO in January of 1999. We work directly with health insurers, on behalf of pediatrician members, to improve value for the patient and the health insurer. This is achieved through cost control, clinical quality improvement, the medical home, pediatric population management, and practice technologies which enable information management and sharing.
In the early part of this decade, health maintenance organizations and capitated reimbursement were gradually replaced by more traditional insurance and fee for service reimbursement. The IPA responded in late 2006 and early 2007 with extensive strategic planning. This result was a newly outlined mission, vision, strategies, membership dues structure and the formation of a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. The Pediatric IPA became the Children's Health Alliance and the 501(c)3 organization became the Children’s Health Foundation.
The Alliance fosters collaboration and trust among member clinics for the purpose of creating collective value in caring for children in our communities.
The Alliance works toward creating a collaborative environment of improvement among member practices to improve care for all children. This common purpose extends to shared endeavors that reduce costs, enhance contracts, and improve the business viability of all members.
In all things we are:
- Committed to independent pediatric physician practice.
- Representative, transparent and participative with our members.
- Committed to manifesting integrity.