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Our Purpose

The FirstHealth Physician Group (FHPG) is comprised of doctors and non-physician practitioners employed by FirstHealth of the Carolinas. It was formed to give its members an effective vehicle to provide excellent care and a rewarding professional home. Organizing FirstHealth providers into a multi-specialty group practice allows its members greater autonomy over their professional lives at a time when it is imperative that physicians lead the redesign of 21st century health care. The intent behind the formation of FHPG is to assure its practitioners are more than employees by providing the forum for charting their own destiny within the larger FirstHealth organization.

Success in creating more effective, efficient and patient-centered care requires significant clinician collaboration and coordination. Large multispecialty practices have demonstrated that they outpace smaller practice arrangements in achieving these goals. As payers move to payment for population management (as opposed to fee-for-service reimbursement), multispecialty group practices that are anchored in integrated delivery systems are in a unique position to drive superior results. The formation and development of FHPG is in line with this trend and critical to the execution of strategies that will transform health care and the FirstHealth environment.

Through its governance structure, FHPG is accountable for designing and implementing approaches to patient management across the care continuum. As FHPG matures and its ability to achieve superior results is demonstrated, FHPG increases its control over the professional environment in which its members practice.

Our Compact

Our compact represents the commitment our group members expect from one another to improve patient care and to create the most rewarding work environment possible.

Provide Quality and Patient-Centered Care 
    Practice evidence-based and cost-effective medicine
    Be an advocate for patients   
    Encourage patient involvement in care and treatment decisions
    Participate in and support quality initiatives of the group and system
    Meet or exceed group benchmarks for quality
    Adopt and comply with patient-safety best practices

Work Collaboratively 
    Work as a team with other physicians, staff and management
    Treat people with respect 
    Be willing to provide and accept feedback from peers
    Maintain optimal written and verbal communication
    Commit to the education of self and others
    Be accessible and responsive to others
Provide Service and Citizenship 
    Demonstrate highest levels of ethical and professional conduct
    Comply with group policies and rules and regulations
    Participate in and support group decisions, committees and leadership
    Maintain an active interest in group communications and activities
    Embrace innovation and continuous improvement
    Be aware of the economic aspects of the practice and organization


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