About Ideal Medical Practices

Ideal Medical Practices (IMP) provides support to small, independent medical practices across the country. We're a peer-to-peer membership organization helping practices committed to relationship-based care succeed and thrive.

IMP is the only national nonprofit working to ensure that small practitioners across the country have what we need to continue to innovate and grow in today’s challenging and changing healthcare environment.

The member clinics of IMP are provider-owned with fewer than six practitioners. Each is designed around the core philosophy that the strength of the patient-provider relationship is the single biggest determinant of health outcomes. The business and clinical structures of IMP practices are developed to support this philosophy of care, and encompass diverse models. In IMP, there is no one size that fits all.  Each clinic is exactly right for the provider, the provider’s patients, and their community.  

And IMP is here to help. As an organization, we provide the tools, education and community network we all need. We work to achieve the goal of our practices to deliver exactly the care patients want and need, exactly when they want and need it, while preserving autonomy, work-life balance, and job satisfaction for our member providers.  

Together we can continue to work independently by having a common voice, sharing resources and ideas, and advocating for a system that includes and supports small independent medical providers nationwide.  

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    Powerful argument for radically altering PCMH model. I found no factual errors. Nor do I spot inherent bias. I found the telephone check-in with patients with chronic diseases particularly powerful. Already a big proponent of How's Your Health,...

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    Melissa, In the circumstances you're describing, I have patients make an appointment since it will need to be documented in the chart why they need the referral in order for insurance to cover it. Even if a patient hasn't been in for 3 months...

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    Home Sleep Study??

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    Does anyone have a company to recommend for home sleep studies that will also interpret and order treatment? My local hospital's sleep lab takes 3-6 months to get into, even after a positive home screening study. ------------------------------ Karen...

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If you would like to express a thought, an opinion or describe an experience, this blog page is at your disposal. It could be a short note, a long dissertation or anything in between. Write it down and email it to MailboxIMP2016@gmail.com. You can send one or as many notes as you like, all are welcome!

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    Changing Social Norms

    November 27 2015 Kris Oaks, D.O. All of us have heard complaints about the increasing costs of healthcare. The out of pocket expenses for most consumers...

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    December 5, 2015 | John Brady, M.D. I always get the current medical buzz phrase from the local hospital system when...

  • December 14, 2015 | Lynn Ho, M.D. In Rhode Island, health care comprises a small fiefdom. Reasonable population...

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    The Ghosts of IMP

    December 2015 Jean Antonucci, M.D. Sometimes I go back to the earlier days of IMP and the lessons I learned, as I find that helps keep me focused. Here are...

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