Supreme Court Decision Does Not Change The Need For Healthcare Innovation

Heritage Provider Network leads in healthcare innovation, improving quality while cutting costs

Jul 03, 2012, 08:00 ET from Heritage Provider Network, Inc.

MARINA DEL REY, Calif., July 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Supreme Court ruling on the healthcare reform bill has little impact on the country's pressing need to pursue innovative ways to fix the Country's ailing healthcare delivery system.

"The Supreme Court decision does not change the need to disrupt the status quo and create a healthcare delivery system driven by innovation and new ideas that will improve the quality of care while cutting costs," said Dr. Richard Merkin, President and CEO of Heritage Provider Network. "Disruptive innovation is critical to moving our system from a sick care system to a healthier care system. Such disruption can only be achieved by using cutting edge technology and data science, and by thinking outside the box. This is what we do at HPN," he added.  (

HPN is at the forefront of fostering these necessary disruptive changes, and was recently recognized by "Fast Company" as one of the global 10 most innovative companies in healthcare for 2012. Recent HPN initiatives include:

  • Sponsoring the $3 million Heritage Health Prize predictive modeling contest to create an algorithm that will help save the Country over $40 billion in avoidable hospitalization costs (
  • Sponsoring the "Go Viral to Improve Health" Prize with the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Engineering; (
  • Sponsoring the first X Prize Foundation Lego League Global Innovation Award to inspire creativity in children. (
  • Sponsoring major clinical research projects, including stem cell research and prostate cancer research at Harvard, UCLA, USC and other universities;
  • Sponsoring an initiative at the Engelberg Center for Healthcare Reform at the Brookings Institution in Washington DC to investigate innovative ways to reform our broken reimbursement system;
  • Operating the largest Accountable Care Organization in California.

"The solution to fixing our broken healthcare system lies in finding new, innovative ways to provide the best healthcare we can to everyone in the country while at the same time reducing costs," said Dr. Merkin. "This is our mission at HPN, and we will not rest until we have created a better coordinated delivery system that is available to all that will reshape the future of healthcare."

Heritage Provider Network, Inc. (HPN) is an integrated physicians organization that manages the care of over 700,000 patients in California, Arizona and New York through it's affiliated medical groups. It is on the cutting edge of the accountable care model of health care delivery: coordinated, patient-doctor centric, integrated health care systems that represent the future of health care in the United States. HPN develops programs and services that are responsive to the healthcare needs of today's patient. HPN designs its networks to offer patients a comprehensive range of medical care in convenient locations. It organizes and manages medical groups and independent practice associations, integrating with hospitals and ancillary care providers. This system represents a workable, successful business model that has been duplicated with many medical groups, IPAs and medical facilities throughout California. HPN is dedicated to quality, affordable health care and putting patients' wellness first. (

SOURCE Heritage Provider Network, Inc.