Terms & Conditions

The Terms and Conditions (“T&C”) set forth below apply to the Consortium of Independent Physician Associations, Inc. (herein “CIPA”, “we”, “us”, or “our”) Ohio Physician Enrollment Program (the “Program”). Throughout these T&C for the Program the enrolling physician shall be referenced as “physician”, “member”, “you”, or “yours”.  

We look forward to serving you as a member of the Program. Your membership and the privileges and conditions of membership are described throughout these T&C. If you have any questions, please call us at 800-485-6603, or visit us on the Internet at joincipaohio.com.  To become a member of the Program you must submit a completed registration form and pay the applicable membership fee.  By submitting a registration form you represent and warrant that the information within that form is current, complete and accurate.

 

Membership Benefits.  Through your membership, CIPA will offer you access to its medical practice enhancement services and will engage in an effort to organize physicians within Ohio for the purposes of representing you from a position of strength in numbers to purchase third party services and supplies as well as to negotiate and arrange for your participation in cost saving reimbursement programs offered by Medicare and third party health insurers. Individually, you may have no negotiating strength, whereas collectively, if (and there is no guaranty) we are able to grow the membership within the Program to sufficient levels within your geographic area, you will have a strong position at the bargaining table so that you can secure contracts that will enable you to reduce your costs and enhance the revenue of your medical practice while still being able to preserve your relative independence. 

 

Membership Fees, Member Updates, Taxes.  The membership fee is for one twelve (12)-month period from the date of enrollment.  Your membership or any benefits of your membership are not transferable.  The twelve (12)-month membership fee for members of the Ohio State Medical Association is ($99.00) ninety-nine dollars and/or insured/members of The Doctors Company. The twelve (12)-month membership fee for non-members of the Ohio State Medical Association is ($499.00) four hundred and ninety-nine dollars.  It is your obligation to update and keep current your business address, phone number, and other information relevant to your enrollment in the Program.  Your membership shall renew for one twelve (12)-month period from the anniversary date of your enrollment at the membership fee in effect at such time.  You may terminate your membership at any time with written notice (which shall be permitted via Email) provided however that your membership fee will not be refundable. The member is responsible for paying all applicable taxes, if any, associated with the membership fee.

 

Membership Eligibility, Termination, Amendments to T&C. Membership is available to all physicians licensed to practice medicine in Ohio.  We reserve the right to refuse membership to any physician and membership is revocable by us without cause. Membership is subject to any and all rules adopted by us including our privacy policies and practices, and they may be amended from time to time without notice.

  

Warranties and Disclaimers. YOU AGREE AND ACKNOWLEDGE THAT WE DO NOT REPRESENT NOR DO WE GUARANTY THAT WE WILL EVER SECURE ENOUGH MEMBERS (AS SUCH ENDEAVOR IS UNCERTAIN) TO EFFECTIVELY NEGOTIATE FOR SERVICES AND SUPPLIES WITH THIRD PARTY VENDORS OR TO EFFECTIVELY NEGOTIATE COST SAVING REIMBURSEMENT PROGRAM ARRANGEMENTS WITH MEDICARE OR THIRD PARTY HEALTH INSURERS. NO EVENT SHALL WE BE LIABLE TO YOU OR ANY THIRD PARTY FOR ANY SPECIAL, PUNITIVE, INCIDENTAL, INDIRECT, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OF ANY KIND, OR ANY DAMAGES WHATSOEVER, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, THOSE RESULTING FROM LOSS OF USE, DATA, OR PROFITS, WHETHER OR NOT WE HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES, OR ON ANY THEORY OF LIABILITY, ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE USE OF OUR SERVICES OR YOUR MEMBERSHIP IN THE PROGRAM.  IN ADDITION TO THE LIMITATIONS AND EXCLUSIONS SET FORTH ABOVE, IN NO EVENT WILL OUR LIABILITY FOR THE SUBJECT MATTER OF THESE T&C EXCEED ($20.00) TWENTY U.S. DOLLARS. MEMBER ACKNOWLEDGES THAT THE ALLOCATION OF RISK AND THE LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITIES CONTAINED IN THESE T&C IS A MATERIAL CONSIDERATION FOR CIPA ENTERING INTO THIS AGREEMENT.

 

Miscellaneous. Any portion of these T&C in conflict with any applicable statute, insurance department regulation or directive, or any governmental ruling shall, without further action by the parties, be modified or deleted to the extent necessary to conform to such statute, regulation, directive, or ruling. The failure of either party to enforce any provision of the Program or these T&C shall not constitute a waiver by either party of any such provision.  The past waiver of a provision of the Program or these T&C shall not constitute a course of conduct or a waiver in the future to that same provision.  The limitations and disclaimers of warranties and the provisions of governing law, jurisdiction and venue, shall survive the termination of this Agreement. This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between you and us with respect to your membership in the Program and supersedes all prior agreements or previous discussions (written or oral) between you and us. You and we agree that the statutes and laws of Michigan, without regard to the conflicts of laws principles thereof, shall govern all matters relating to your membership in the Program. You and we also agree and hereby submit to the exclusive personal jurisdiction and venue of the courts of Michigan within Washtenaw County, Michigan or the federal courts for the residents of such County with respect to such matters.