Medical Advantage Group's Quality Improvement Advisor Beth Hickerson to Present at
2017 Ohio Rural Health Conference and Flex Annual Meeting

Hickerson will be discussing MIPS for small practices, and provide information to help small, rural practices prepare for MACRA.

“MACRA is a marathon not a sprint,” said Hickerson. “To achieve success in MACRA, you need to get started today. It’s not too late! I will explain the basics of MACRA and an overview of what rural health care providers need to do to become MACRA ready.”

2017 Ohio Rural Health Conference and Flex Annual Meeting at the Quest Conference Center in Columbus, Ohio, August 21


Transition to value-driven health care with full support.

Working within any size practice, we will bring insight, knowledge, and expertise right to you, while empowering you to provide better care and transition to value-driven health care. Join Ohio’s premier community of independent physicians and gain access to personalized business and clinical transformation support. 



Working within any size practice, we will bring insight, knowledge, and expertise right to you, while empowering you to provide better care. Our goal is to help you advance practice transformation activities with current incentive and reporting programs, and maximize incentive opportunities in value-driven health care contracts. 

About CIPA

Established in 2005, the Consortium of Independent Physician Associations (CIPA) is a regional network of 30 physician organizations representing 900 physicians (primary care and specialists) dedicated to the practice of independent medicine.

CIPA creates the opportunity for smaller groups of physicians to participate in pay-for-performance programs and value-based contracts that are normally only available to larger groups. Members include individual practices, group practices, rural health clinics, Federally Qualified Health Centers, and physician hospital organizations.


CIPA membership gives you access to vital business and clinical support services that help advance and sustain the practice of independent medicine.

You are not alone in this journey. Your practice will have a dedicated practice partner that works with you to help navigate and manage practice transformation activities. As your practice transforms, CIPA will continue to grow and work to negotiate value-based contracts that reward physicians for their practice transformation efforts.













Xavier University Receives Grant for Nurse Traineeships

Xavier University, located in Cincinnati, Ohio, has received a $1,387,156 grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration to prepare Family Nurse Practitioners living in rural Ohio through Xavier’s Master of Science in Nursing degree program.  Included in the grant are traineeships for nurses living in the following areas: Lima, St. Mary’s, Marietta, and Urbana, Ohio.

All courses are taught through synchronized video-conferencing from Xavier University supporting real-time faculty-time while students attend classes at local hospital partners located in those areas.

Traineeship funds cover full tuition, books and fees, and provide $11,730.00 per year for two years.

Please contact Dr. Susan M. Schmidt at or call 513-745-3814.

Visit to learn more about Xavier’s Family Nurse Practitioner program.