EHS Medical Group recently sat down with Dr. Imad El Asmar, MD, of IMD Medical Group in Los Angeles to discuss how joining EHS Medical Group changed his practice.
A EHS Managed Care Success Story
As a new member with EHS Medical Group, how would you describe your experience?
“It’s been a great experience. I think we’ve come a long way. As far as quality, it has gone up by a great deal. A lot of this is thanks to the managed care center.”
How has EHS Medical Group’s managed care center improved your practice?
“My practice deals mainly with the senior population. And they need a lot of coordination of care. For instance, let’s say you have a patient who’s having acute heart issues and we need to get them to a cardiologist for a diagnostic test, or maybe a patient needs an injection for arthritis, or perhaps they need a hearing aid replacement—specialty care needs to be coordinated through a team of professionals. It’s not just about telling the patient that they need to see a cardiologist. They need to get there, go through the proper channels to get the appointment, authorization, and we need to make sure to get the reports afterwards. We’re the center of their care but it branches out to others and it should all come back to us. With EHS, the managed care center takes care of it all.”
What do you think about California’s plan to transition dually eligible Medi-Cal and Medicare beneficiaries to managed care?
“I look forward to it, believe it or not. I think it’s going to be a good thing. We all have to realize that the care we’re doing now isn’t working well. It’s called managed care. Yeah—we need someone to manage these patients properly.”
How are you preparing for the transition?
“I have no question that we’re prepared. We’re even trying to get more physicians to join us, so if we get a greater flow of patients we’ll be able to take care of them.”