What is an IPA? Who is Allied Physicians of California IPA?

Depending on your health plan, you may have the option to select an IPA (Independent Physicians Association). An IPA organizes the delivery of care. IPAs do many things including negotiate contracts with health plans, credential and inspect member physicians, and oversee the authorization and referral processes. The larger an IPA’s network of doctors, clinics, and hospitals, the more options you have when it comes to your medical needs. Remember to re-select an IPA if you made changes to your health plan.

At Allied Physicians of California IPA (APC), our excellent team of service-oriented staff and our comprehensive network of primary care physicians, specialists, hospitals, and ancillary partners coordinate an effective health care delivery system to the community. We are one of the largest networks of doctors and medical professionals in the San Gabriel Valley. In order to provide quality health care to our culturally diverse neighborhood communities, we have multilingual customer service representatives to help you.

For more information on APC, visit www.AlliedIPA.com.

Volunteering is good for you!

Over 60 million Americans volunteer every year. Nearly 25% of volunteers in 2012 were age 65 or over, performing general labor, food services, administrative work, and other tasks. People often enjoy helping others because while they may not receive financial compensation, their donation of time and energy results in other gains.

Research indicates there are many benefits to volunteering, including increased sense of accomplishment, improved stress management, and lower rates of depression and other diseases. Moreover, regular participation in volunteer activities can result in a greater sense of life satisfaction, widen social networks, and help maintain functional ability for a longer period of time.

The APC Wellness Center provides many volunteering opportunities. In 2013, we had over 50 volunteers perform a total of 3,888 hours of service! With their help, we are able to provide high quality programs to all of our members.

Whether you are a member or a friend of the center, we welcome you to join our team. Depending on your availability, interests, experience, and expertise, we will match you to tasks throughout our center. Even a few hours of service a month can make a big difference. Together, we can help everyone lead better and healthier lives! Please contact Margarita Chung, our Assistant Program Director for information on how you can get involved today.

(Excerpted from the March/April 2014 Insight newsletter)