Doctors team with CPAs in new venture

Physicians Information Exchange (PIE) of Monroe, LA recently announced a strategic alliance with Dallas-based ATAC CPA Health Care Network under which the two firms will share data in efforts to increase the quality of care while lowering costs.

PIE member physicians and health care CPAs will work together to analyze patient outcomes and costs. "Physicians Information Exchange will work on the clinical side acquiring and analyzing patient data and protocol outcomes, while the ATAC CPA members will work on the financial and operational side to increase productivity," says W. Ernest Rutherford, MD, president and CEO of Physicians Information Exchange.

PIE will capture data at the point of care using its computer-based clinical record system. PIE is in the process of forming an advisory board of physicians in 52 specialties who will analyze the protocol data.

Professional Management and Marketing, Santa Rosa, CA; Keith Borglum, president. Telephone (707) 546-4433.

Neil Baum, MD, New Orleans; sole practitioner. Telephone: (504) 891-8454.

Medical Marketing, Winter Park, FL; Andrea Eliscu, RN, president. Telephone: (407) 629-0062.

Televisual Communications, Clearwater, FL; Greg Wheat, president. Telephone: (813) 442-6480.

Riney Hancock & Co., Owensboro, KY; Edna Syra Barnes, CPA. Telephone: (502) 926-4540.

Millenium Health, Spartanburg, SC; John Simmons, MD, senior partner. Telephone: (864) 579-0863.

Practice Marketing and Billing, Signal Hill, CA; Mel Kantz, PhD, principal. Telephone: (310) 427-7870.

The Health Care Group, Greenville, SC; Paul Smith, CPBC, vice president and senior consultant. Telephone: (864) 268-2229.