Welcome to Steward Health Care Network Central Massachusetts Local Chapter

Established in 1998, the SHCN Central Mass Local Chapter (previously named Central Massachusetts Independent Physicians Association) is a physician-governed organization that provides support, services and equity to independent physicians in Worcester County and beyond. We strive to develop cohesive relationships among our members/providers to ensure that patients receive timely access to healthcare services. Our collective strength enables our members to manage their practices efficiently and to receive fair compensation for the care they provide. We provide tools and data so that our members can practice with the best-available technology and most up-to-date clinical information. We seek to build relationships with hospitals, health plans and community agencies to support our mission and to enhance quality healthcare for our patients.

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Mission

The mission of SHCN Central Mass Local Chapter is to grow and maintain the independent practice of medicine in Central Massachusetts.

Vision

SHCN Central Mass Local Chapter is a network of independent physicians in Central Massachusetts dedicated to providing high-quality care to their patients and supporting each other in independent practice.

Our physician leaders have the responsibility of guiding us through change, sharing information and developing ideas about the best ways to provide effective, efficient, and safe healthcare.

We strive to develop cohesive relationships amongst our members/providers to ensure that patients receive timely access to healthcare services.

Our collective strength enables our members to manage their practices efficiently and to receive fair compensation for the care they provide.

We provide tools and data so that our members can practice with the best-available technology and most up-to-date clinical information. Our goal is to consistently achieve healthcare outcomes that improve the health of our patients.

We seek to build relationships with hospitals, health plans and community agencies to support our mission and to enhance quality healthcare.

Governance

  • SHCN Central Mass Local Chapter is governed by a 6-member all-physician board

Local Chapter Board

Local Board Chair

  • David Weinstock, DO

Primary-Care Physicians:

  • Walter Goljan, MD
  • Walter Goula, MD
  • Ian Harding, MD

Specialty-Care Physicians:

  • Alan Filiberti, MD
  • Christopher Vinton, MD

Facts

  • Established in 1998 as a physician-run organization, SHCN Central Mass Local Chapter’s (previously named Central Massachusetts Independent Physician’s Association) goal is to provide support, services and equity to independent physicians in Worcester County. Currently based primarily in Worcester County,SHCN Central Mass Local Chapter represents over 170 community-based physicians, 70-plus Preferred Care Providers (Family, Internal Medicine, and Pediatrics) and a wide representation of specialty provider and approximately 25,000 covered lives under major Massachusetts commercial insurers and thousands more served under Medicare, MassHealth and other private payer contracts.
  • SHCN Central Mass Local Chapter holds contracts with the following payers:
    • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (HMO Blue & Medicare HMO/PPO Blue)
    • CeltiCare
    • Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
    • Fallon Community Health Plan, including Fallon Senior Plan
    • Three River Provider Network
    • Multi-plan/PHCS
    • Senior Whole Health
    • Boston Medical Center HealthNet Plan
    • Health New England PPO
    • United Healthcare
    • Minuteman Health
    • Tufts Health Plan

Past Achievements

  • 2004, 2005, 2006,  2007, 2008 ,2014, and 2015: Central Massachusetts Independent Physician’s Association (CMIPA) received Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Quality Honor Awards
  • 2007: CMIPA was awarded a $75,000 grant from HPHC to increase depression screening rates and improve treatment outcomes
  • 2008: CMIPA was awarded over $100,000 grant from HPHC to implement Patient Center Medical Home Concept
  • 2008: Sanofi-Aventis awarded CMIPA funding for a sponsorship of work for a project to Ensure Adherence to Diabetic Guidelines and Quality Measures.
  • 2009: CMIPA was awarded over $100,000 grant from HPHC to continue the Patient Centered Medical Home Concept
  • CMIPA was awarded over $100,000 grant from HPHC to continue the Patient Centered Medical Home Concept
  • Sanofi-Aventis awarded CMIPA funding for a sponsorship of work for a project to Ensure Adherence to Diabetic Guidelines and Quality Measures.
  • CMIPA was awarded over $100,000 grant from HPHC to implement Patient Center Medical Home Concept
  • CMIPA was awarded a $75,000 grant from HPHC to increase depression screening rates and improve treatment outcomes
  • In 2014, CMIPA received Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Quality Honor Awards for the 6th time.
  • In 2016, CMIPA joins Steward Health Care Network and becomes Steward’s Central Massachusetts Local Chapter in Worcester.