The doctors of Southwest Physician Associates (SPA) welcome you to their web site.


"Life is short and the Art long; the occasion fleeting; experience fallacious, and judgment difficult. The physician must not only be prepared to do what is right himself, but also to make the patient, the attendants, and externals cooperate." Hippocrates ~ 400 BC


Written over twenty-four centuries ago, the words above still aptly describe the practice of medicine today. The science of medicine has expanded to the point that some four million new medical articles are published worldwide annually. The Art of medicine is still in great demand as many forces serve to fragment the physician-patient relationship. The result of this fragmentation is that patients often feel that they are left without reliable guidance and advocacy in this complex environment. The rise of so-called "managed care" over the last few decades has inserted a vast array of "externals" whose interests may often be in conflict with the course of medical treatment selected by the patient and physician.

SPA is a not-for-profit organization operated by over 1,500 doctors in North Texas and is dedicated to addressing the above principles and challenges. SPA approaches this goal in a variety of ways:
  • Setting educational standards for membership and require that a member's training is sufficient for their scope of practice. All SPA members must have successfully completed accredited training in their field of expertise. An on-site office inspection and evaluation of medical records is required for primary care physicians. It takes more than a Texas license to be considered for membership in SPA.

  • Educating doctors and their staff in ways to reduce the "hassle" of dealing with managed care so that more time is available to attend to the needs of patients.

  • Educating doctors and their staff as to the meaning of terms offered in managed care contracts, thereby reducing the cost of dealing with multiple contracts.

  • Using the "messenger model" to educate health plans regarding contract terms, policies or operating problems which may interfere with the delivery of health care and/or raise administrative expenses unnecessarily.

  • Offering "delegated credentialing" to doctors so that only one organization verifies or reverifies their credentials in order for them to work with many different health plans.

  • Offering other discounted services, supplies, and educational seminars to help reduce both the dollar costs and, equally important, the human costs of practicing today.

Feel free to browse this site. Members will need their password for the secure areas. Helpful links do not require a password. Nonmember practitioners may be interested in more details about SPA or even how to join. Patients and the public will find helpful links to medical information sites or may choose to search for an SPA doctor by specialty and hospital.


 


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