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Pinnacle GI Partners
Pinnacle GI Partners is an alliance of professional gastroenterology physicians who are committed to patient-centric, compassionate care. Our physicians specialize in full digestive health, treating a wide range of gastrointestinal disorders and providing accurate, essential preventative care.
Through focused operational and infrastructure support, Pinnacle GI provides our partner physicians with critical assistance with resource-intensive elements of medical practices, including regulatory compliance, human resources, information technology, revenue cycle management, and more.
Providers retain independence and flexibility – and, most importantly, clinical autonomy of patient care – while benefiting from Pinnacle GI’s proven expertise in medical business management.
Physicians are the clinical decision makers, and Pinnacle GI provides the knowledge and capital to support innovation, reduce practice overhead, and navigate a medical system that is increasingly fast paced and highly regulated. Providers who partner with Pinnacle GI will note increased practice efficiency and increased physician productivity.
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The leadership team at Pinnacle GI understands the challenges faced by private care providers to navigate the complex demands of healthcare systems, demands that too often distract from the true focus of a GI provider: patient care.
Joining A Partnership of GI Physicians
What Can It Mean For Your Practice
Joining a partnership of GI physicians may be the best decision you can make for your practice. We can assist you with all nonclinical tasks such as handling billing, coding, and insurance issues, while you focus your time and attention on your patients, and we can even grow your practice.
These are just some of the many benefits of joining our partnership:
More time for patients: Without managing insurance claims or billing issues, you can be more attentive to your patients, so you can give them the care they deserve.
Clinical freedom. We won’t interfere with your day-to-day practice; we are simply here for support.
Top-of-the-line support for marketing and operations: We take the stress out of operating and marketing your practice by assisting with these functions.
Respect for your input. Joining an alliance does not mean giving up your voice; we will value your opinions as we make decisions.
The opportunity to share your successes and learn from others. We want to know what has worked for you, so we can share your success stories and expertise on best practices with the rest of your new partners and vice versa.
Beyond these benefits, you will find that you still have the independence to continue to run your practice, and you will have access to state of the art systems as well as opportunities to invest in the business.
As the head of your practice, you are not the only one who will benefit from joining a new partnership. The rest of the team at your practice can expect the following benefits:
- Opportunities to grow and advance their careers
- Financial assistance with clinical training and education
- Freedom to treat patients using their preferred methods
Given these benefits, it is clear that an expanded partnership is an invaluable asset for gastrointestinal specialists. You will not have to give up any of your clinical freedom, but you will have the support you need so you can more fully devote yourself to what matters most: patient care.
Why Choose Us?
Frequently Asked Questions
Why sell a portion of your practice to a PE firm?
When deciding to expand your practice to help more patients and grow your services, choosing which route to go can be overwhelming. Since 2016, independent gastroenterology practices have been choosing to partner with investment firms for the following reasons:
- Since gastroenterology is a highly fragmented specialty and has many small and mid-sized groups, they could be consolidated into larger practice entities that can create favorable scalability for a practice.
- Ancillary services can provide multiple revenue streams that can be packaged into a comprehensive, high-quality gastroenterology practice that offers high value for patients and can be delivered outside of a hospital environment.
- With a growing need for gastroenterology care with increasing demand for chronic GI disease management (fatty liver disease, inflammatory bowel disease, obesity management, etc.) and increasing demand for colon cancer screening, having an investor can help fund testing, medical equipment, and treatments.
- With gastroenterology and other sectors of the healthcare market rapidly consolidating, the current market is looking favorable and now is a good time to grow while maintaining your independent practice.
What does a PE acquisition mean for an independent gastroenterology practice?
So you’re interested in selling your medical practice to a private equity firm to “monetize” your practice, as well as to access capital and obtain operational efficiencies. But what does that mean for your practice, exactly?
To start, only well-managed practices will be purchased throughout a defined geographic area, which means your practice will join other well-managed practices in order to increase the number of employed physicians. The idea is to grow your revenue and decrease cost. While the physician group relinquishes managerial control of the nonclinical decisions through the managed services agreement with the MSO, clinical and medical decisions will remain within the control of the physicians. The clinical management board or committee is composed of physicians and private equity representatives and will have the authority to address certain issues.
How does compensation work?
After closing, the physicians will become employees of the private equity buyer and in return for an up-front purchase price, typically a physician will be paid an annual compensation with guaranteed salaries for a period of time negotiated. Compensation can be based on a wide variety of factors, such as collections from personally performed services, plus a percentage of ancillary revenue and/or a percentage of overall profits.
How does PE acquisition affect patients?
From the perspective of the patient, there will be no difference in how they are cared for because they are the primary focus of the partnership. The first goal of the private equity firm is to take care of the patient and keep high-quality care in place, followed by the financial benefits for both parties. It’s in the interest of both the PE group and the physicians to ensure that practice culture is not negatively impacted through the acquisition.
Physicians retain complete autonomy when it comes to clinical decisions, and the PE group avoids interfering in patient-doctor relationships. The PE group’s goal is to improve the non-clinical management of the practice without interfering with the actual care of the patient. Physicians may also influence nonclinical decisions as well; however, the final decisions are up to the MSO or PE firm.
Join Our Growing Team
Pinnacle GI Partners is a professional association of medical providers committed to gastrointestinal health and complete digestive care. Our physicians are affiliated with premier hospitals and ancillary care centers are dedicated to restoring GI health and providing a positive healthcare experience.
We invite you to join us. Together, physicians with Pinnacle GI are making advances in the field of gastroenterology. The combined clinical experience of our network of providers, together with the proven expertise of the Pinnacle GI leadership team, expands opportunities for all providers. Pinnacle GI Partners can gastroenterology partners with individualized professional business services, including: