Newton-Wellesley Physician Hospital Organization, Inc. (NWPHO) (formerly NeWell Medical Delivery Organization), was formed in 1994 as a non-profit taxable organization with Newton-Wellesley Health Care System, Inc. (formerly NeWell Health Care System) being its sole corporate member. The purpose of the organization, as defined by its Articles of Incorporation, was to enter into agreements with managed care organizations on behalf of Newton-Wellesley Hospital (NWH), physicians and other providers of care (“Participating Providers”) and to function as a cohesive provider unit in the area served by NWH. The Articles further stipulated that the organization would engage in other activities which are necessary or beneficial in the delivery of health care services under such managed care arrangements including, but not limited to utilization review, quality management, and other administrative services. Lastly, the Articles defined the organization’s purpose as providing management, administrative and other practice support services to Participating Providers and other providers of care.
NWPHO superseded two physician established and controlled corporations, NeWell Physicians Inc. and its subsidiary corporation, Newton-Wellesley IPA, Inc. as the vehicle for facilitating the alignment of Hospital and physician interests in the establishment of managed care agreements.
A twelve member Board of Directors, consisting of four Primary Care Physicians (PCPs), four Specialty Physicians and four persons appointed by the Member (Newton-Wellesley Health Care System) ensures that the interests of the key constituencies of the organization are well represented in the management and oversight of the Corporation. Directors serve a three-year term.
On February 1, 1999, NWPHO joined Partners Community HealthCare, Inc. (PCHI) and became a Division of PCHI through the establishment of the Newton-Wellesley Regional Service Organization (RSO). NWPHO representatives serve on all the key PCHI Committees. This affiliation with PCHI serves as vehicle for NWH’s independent physicians to participate in the network wide contracting and care management initiatives of the Partners HealthCare System (PHS).