The Digestive Health Physicians Association (DHPA) is a trade association currently comprised of 76 independent gastroenterology (GI) physician practices across the country with the aim of promoting and preserving accessible, high quality and cost-efficient care in the independent GI medical practice setting. DHPA’s member practices include more than 1,800 gastroenterologists and other physician specialists who provide care for over two million people in nearly four million distinct patient encounters annually. DHPA’s member practices also employ more than 11,000 employees in their medical groups.
DHPA focuses on collecting, benchmarking and analyzing data relevant to independent GI medical practices. The association capitalizes on its member practices’ data resources to augment DHPA’s public policy, education and advocacy efforts on behalf of independent GI practices and their patients. Our members continually strive to improve patient care and outcomes by supporting healthcare policy that promotes accessible, high quality and cost-efficient medicine in the independent GI medical practice setting.
As gastroenterologists who have chosen to care for our patients in independent medical practices, we are keenly aware of the many threats that our groups— and ultimately our patients—face due to the changing healthcare landscape. And while our existing national societies play a vital role advocating on our behalf, it is clear that those of us who offer patients the choice of receiving the highest quality, affordable gastroenterological care in the independent medical practice setting need a voice on the national and state levels focused exclusively on promoting and preserving the integrated model of care we deliver to our patients.
Our mission is focused:
- Gather, analyze and benchmark data relevant to independent GI practices.
- Develop a strong data story to support education and advocacy on the federal and state levels that aims to protect the integrated model of care delivered by our member practices.
- Work and coordinate with the trade associations and medical societies that represent the interests of other physician specialties that are similarly committed to protecting and promoting the integrated model of care delivered by independent medical practices.