Marlton-based Advocare, a physician-owned multi-specialty group, announced Monday it is adding five independent physician practices into the organization.
Four out of the five new “Care Centers,” as they are referred to within Advocare, are based in New Jersey: Advocare Hillsborough Pediatrics in Hillsborough, Advocare Jersey Heights Pediatrics in Jersey City, Advocare Kintiroglou Pediatrics in West Orange and Florham Park, and Advocare Sunset Road Medical Associates in Burlington.
The fifth primary care providers is Advocare Fairmount Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, based in Philadelphia.
“We have a thorough vetting process to evaluate physicians interested in joining Advocare, and these clinicians share our mission of providing the highest quality patient care,” said Dr. Howard Orel, Advocare’s president and chief executive officer. “They will continue to strengthen the Advocare brand throughout the region by delivering patient-centered care in collaboration with our current comprehensive network of providers, spanning a myriad of specialties. Our goal is that an Advocare patient considers all of the services we have to offer, so we strive to grow our provider reach both clinically and geographically.”
The Care Centers will retain autonomy in operating their businesses, but will join under the Advocare shared services umbrella, providing finance, revenue cycle management, group purchasing, human resources, marketing, insurance contracting, population health, care management, after-hours call center, credentialing, practice operations, legal, risk management, compliance, information technology, help desk support and more.
The organization recently implemented eClinical Works as its enterprise EMR, and these practices went live with the new system simultaneous with their official start date of March 1.
“We are excited to welcome these new Care Centers into our growing organization,” Orel said.
According to Advocare, the group serves approximately 590,000 patients, through its nearly 600 providers, at locations throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania.