8510 Balboa Blvd
Northridge, CA 91325
(818) 654-3400
(866) 654-3471
44469 N. 10th Street W
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 945-9411
275 N. El Cielo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262
(800) 500-5215
(760) 969-6526
4580 California Ave
Bakersfield, CA 93309
(661) 327-4411
4580 California Ave
Bakersfield, CA 93309
(661) 327-4411
43839 N. 15th St. W.
Lancaster, CA 93534
(800) 266-HDMG
(661) 945-5984
12370 Hesperia Road Ste. 3
Victorville, CA 92395
(760) 245-4747
777A Flower Street
Glendale, CA 91201
(818) 637-2000
12966 Euclid Street, Suite #340
Garden Grove, CA 92840
(800) 747-2362

Regal Medical Group (RMG)

With a network spanning more than 5,000 square miles and thousands of health care providers, Regal Medical Group is part of one of Southern California's largest managed health networks. That size works to your advantage, allowing us to be there to coordinate all of your health care, when and where you need us. In spite of our size, we remain rooted in close community and operate upon the simple, traditional principles of knowing our customer, and providing respectful, personal, quality care.

At Regal, we know that navigating the healthcare system can be complicated for patients and for physicians. We also believe that during a visit to your doctor, the focus should be on health and wellness. You should be discussing things like prevention, diagnosis, treatment and healing, not coverage, networks, claims, regulations and billing. That's where an IPA, like Regal Medical Group, is able to serve both patients and physicians, by managing the business of managed care so that you don't have to.

Regal Medical Group works together with your healthcare plan and your PCP to keep things running smoothly. We collaborate with our physicians to provide quality care, while focusing on minimizing your out of pocket expenses. One way that we keep your overall health care costs low is by emphasizing preventative care in order to keep you healthy.

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Sierra Medical Group (SMG)

Sierra Medical Group represents the future of medicine. Throughout our twenty five year history serving Antelope Valley, we have diligently invested our time and resources in the development of programs and services responsive to the healthcare needs of today's patient, while adapting to the increasingly diverse needs of tomorrow's health care agenda.

At SMG your health is our priority. An excellent team of specialty physicians who are either board certified or board eligible supports our primary care physicians providing you with a comprehensive healthcare network that is fully committed to your individual needs.

At SMG, we work hard to ensure that our patients receive quality medical care. This is why you will find easy access to your doctor, minimal waiting time for referrals, and staff members that genuinely care for your well-being.

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Desert Oasis Health Care (DOHC)

DOHC is a team of highly skilled primary care physicians and ancillary providers, servicing the community with all their health care needs from newborn to senior care. We have convenient locations throughout the Coachella Valley, Morongo Basin and Yucca Valley areas.

DOHC’s services include access to 6 Immediate and Urgent Care Centers - Bermuda Dunes, Indio, Palm Desert, Palm Springs and Yucca Valley. Our programs include Living and Aging Well, Home Health Services and Medication Management Services which are committed to improving your health proactively.

We are affiliated with every hospital in the Coachella Valley, which includes Eisenhower Memorial Hospital, Desert Regional Medical Center, John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital and Hi-Desert Medical Center.

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Bakersfield Family Medical Center (BFMC)

Bakersfield Family Medical Center provides excellence in health care to our patients in professional settings that promote wellness and preventive medicine in Kern County.  Throughout the twenty year history of our medical group, we have diligently invested our resources in the development of programs and services responsive to the healthcare needs of today’s patient while adapting to the increasingly diverse needs of tomorrow’s healthcare agenda.

Our facilities offer superior patient convenience by providing Urgent Care, Pharmacy, Lab, Radiology, Pediatrics and a variety of specialty services at one convenient site.  In addition, the Heritage Physician Network is a group of physicians located throughout Kern County who have joined together to form an Independent Physicians Association (IPA).  These IPA physicians remain affiliated with BFMC although they maintain their own individual offices.  Members who choose physicians in Heritage Physician Network will see their selected doctors in their conveniently located private offices.  All members of Heritage Physician Network can access the full range of services, programs and specialists offered by BFMC.

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Coastal Communities Physician Network (CCPN)

CCPN is an Independent Practice Association (IPA) formed in 2006, consisting of a network of contracted physicians located throughout the San Luis Obispo and Tulare counties. These IPA physicians are affiliated with BFMC/CCPN for the coordination of care rendered to members who have selected CCPN as their primary medical group.  Members who choose physicians of CCPN will see their doctors in their conveniently located private offices and also have access to a whole network of out-of-area specialists.  All members of CCPN can access a full range of services, programs and specialists through these contracted providers.

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High Desert Medical Group (HDMG)

HDMG has a long-standing promise to provide residents of the Antelope Valley with the highest quality health care possible. Living up to our promise is an on-going commitment, which necessitates our growth as a multi-specialty medical group providing a wide range of health care services for our patients. For more than 25 years, we've been fortunate to have an impressive team of health care professionals, administrators, support personnel and dedicated volunteers who work in unison to help us deliver on our promise.

Together, we partner with local hospitals, medical experts and business leaders, and we actively support numerous organizations, educational, cultural and recreational events. Our team of healthcare professionals is available and ready to help you with all of your medical needs. We accept over 85 different health plans, including HMO, PPO, POS, EPO, Private and Medicare plans. Our Lancaster facility offers the convenience of having your Primary Care Physician, Lab, X-Ray, Urgent Care, Pharmacy, a Health Education Department, Infusion Center, and a multitude of subspecialties all under the same roof. In addition, our Urgent Care is now open 24 hours a day 7 days a week including holidays. We also have a full service Occupational Medicine Center on-site.

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Heritage Victor Valley Medical Group (HVVMG)

Heritage Victor Valley Medical Group has exceeded our members’ expectations since its inception in 2003 through personalized care by a staff of skilled professionals, a speedy referral system, and a panel of specialists to serve all your medical needs.

We believe the most important aspect of healthcare is tending to the personal needs of our patients. Our facilities are equipped with some of the finest diagnostic equipment and technicians available. We have the resources and commitment to always bring the best to meet the new challenges and ever-changing health care needs of the Victor Valley region.

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Lakeside Medical Group (LMG)

Lakeside Medical Group is a comprehensive healthcare provider with a network of physicians and services throughout the San Fernando, San Gabriel and Santa Clarita Valleys, as well as parts of Ventura and San Bernardino Counties. We aim to deliver quality, affordable healthcare to the communities we serve.

We bring more than 20 years of innovation in healthcare delivery and management systems to our integrated network of services, which include hundreds of primary care physicians and over a thousand specialists; ancillary services, such as an outpatient surgery center, urgent care centers and physical therapy; and affiliations with premier hospitals, labs and other support services.

Our commitment to complete patient care includes developing new and better ways of delivering healthcare. From our approach to prevention and disease management to our hospitalist program and more, your care is coordinated so that you have the best possible outcomes.

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Affiliated Doctors of Orange County (ADOC)

Affiliated Doctors of Orange County Medical Group, Inc., (ADOC) is an independent practice association, a medical group of over 275 private physicians and 600 specialty physicians who are dedicated to providing affordable, quality healthcare for individuals of all ages. We are affiliated with most major health plans, including many HMOs.

With offices throughout the greater Orange County area, chances are board-certified primary care physician and board certified specialists you need are in your own neighborhood.

Our goal is to help you make better care decisions for yourself and your family.

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Heritage Awards $50K in First Round of Predictive Modeling Competition

October 04, 2011

By Russell Jackson

Entrants are challenged to create an algorithm to predict how many days a patient will spend in the hospital. The first two checks in the multi-million-dollar Heritage Health Prize - totaling $50,000 - have been awarded to the two teams leading the competition at the six-month mark. The $3 million prize is, its sponsor says, "the world's largest predictive modeling contest, challenging entrants to create an algorithm that predicts how many days a patient will spend in the hospital." The goal is to decrease the number of avoidable hospitalizations, saving the country something like $32-billion in avoidable hospitalization costs. The prize, Heritage points out, is larger than the Nobel Prize for Medicine and the Gates Health Prize

The lead team so far, "Market Makers," includes players David Vogel, CEO and chief scientist at Voloridge Investment Management; Randy Axelrod, president at Randy Axelrod Consulting and Resource Global Health; and Phil Brierley, a data mining expert from Australia. The team received a check for $30,000. Willem Mestrom, an information analyst from the Netherlands, won second place in the prize contest, receiving $20,000.

Richard Merkin MD, CEO and president at Heritage Provider Network, presented the awards. "I'm very pleased to present [a] check to the lead team and wish them continued success in the competition," he said. "They represent many of the diverse backgrounds we are seeing in our contestants who do not work specifically in healthcare, but who are integrating their skill set into the healthcare sector to solve this problem, changing the world and helping us meet the nation's $2 trillion healthcare crisis."

Each member of the Market Makers team has a history of success at competing in other data mining contests, Heritage says in a statement. Vogel and Axelrod have been working together for 10 years, it adds, and Vogel and Brierley have prior experience working together in data mining competitions. But this is the first time the three of them have entered a competition as teammates.

"I applaud Heritage for sponsoring this prize to create a more accurate model to predict avoidable hospitalizations that will save lives and dollars, a big step toward solving our nation's healthcare crisis," Vogel comments. He's Market Makers' team leader. Adds Mestrom: "I would like to thank Heritage for organizing this interesting challenge. I hope all our efforts will make a positive contribution to healthcare around the world."

According to the company running the competition for Heritage, there are more than 4,500 teams from all over the world competing for the prize. Other upcoming milestone prizes include $80,000 to the top two teams at the 12-month mark, split as $50,000 and $30,000, and $100,000 to the top two teams at the 18-month mark, split as $60,000 and $40,000.

Says Merkin: "We have an opportunity to change the world. If we create an algorithm that helps society avoid unnecessary costly hospitalizations, we can take those savings and use them for research to find cures for costly diseases. Indeed, a solution to the Heritage Health Prize challenge can help solve the country's $2 trillion dollar healthcare crisis and save money for families who are currently spending $1 out of every $4 dollars of their budget on healthcare."

He adds: "Competitors include those from both inside and outside the healthcare sector, including investment bankers, information analysts and a self-taught data miner who acquired those skills watching YouTube videos. This is critically important, as those competitors who are currently outside the healthcare sector bring new solutions to the forefront."

More than 71 million individuals in the United States are admitted to hospitals each year, according to the American Hospital Association, and studies have concluded that in 2006, well over $30 billion was spent on unnecessary hospital admissions, Heritage asserts in the statement. "Is there a better way?" HPN asks. "Can we identify earlier those most at risk and ensure they get the treatment they need? The Heritage Provider Network believes that the answer is 'Yes.'"

Predictive Modeling News spoke to Merkin about the prize.

Predictive Modeling News: How important is predictive modeling to achieving cost reductions and quality improvement in healthcare?

Richard Merkin MD: Something like 90% of healthcare costs are spent on somewhere between 5% and 10% of patients. If we can project which of the 5% of the population is going to need expensive, complex healthcare, we can intercede early and prevent a lot of unnecessary costs. We can do that by giving those patients optimal access, having those patients under the care of physicians who will monitor their healthcare very closely, acting as quarterbacks, as leaders of their healthcare experience. When we can predict the most complicated cases, we can intercede effectively and reduce unnecessary hospitalizations by over 50%. But the difficulty today is knowing for which patients you can intercede - because we don't know which of our patients are the ones most likely to be admitted. Just by predicting who is most likely to be hospitalized and providing them with optimal care, we will be able to save preventable admissions and be able to lower readmissions once patients are discharged. And those resources can be rechanneled to medical research.

PMN: Why did you intentionally open the competition to researchers outside of healthcare as well?

RM: People outside of healthcare will look at problems with fresh eyes. We realize that this is a data problem, not a healthcare problem. Healthcare has enormous amounts of data -- some good, some bad. People outside of healthcare who are experts in data analysis and predictive modeling realize that a lot of healthcare problems can be solved with pattern formation, predictive modeling, stochastic modeling and other new ways of looking at healthcare that classically have not been done.

PMN: What would you ideally like for the prize to accomplish?

RM: I believe that with more emphasis on predicting healthcare costs, duplication and waste can be avoided, which will increase the healthcare of our society and allow us to rechannel resources from chronic care to research to cure some of our healthcare issues -- which are underfunded. Only 1% of the resources of healthcare are used for research. The ultimate goal would be to increase the health of our population, which, from an economist's point of view, will result in billions of dollars of increased productivity in the United States.

PMN: Will you repeat the competition when this one's over?

RM: We are looking at that now.