Mercy Health acquires Springfield medical practice

Mercy Health - Springfield will acquire OHC’s (Oncology Hematology Care) Springfield practice, according to the healthcare company.

The Cincinnati-based practice consists of 22 full-time clinical staff who will become Mercy Health employees in the new year, a news release says.

The physicians will remain independent and employed by OHC, and will continue to work at Mercy Health - Springfield Regional Cancer Center.

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“We’ve always had a strong and close relationship with OHC,” Mercy Health - Springfield President Adam Groshans said in the release. “OHC physicians are the region’s largest independent providers who share a deep sense of commitment to the community.”

This decision was made in the best interest of the patients, employees and the community, and allows the two organizations to integrate all treatments, chemo infusion therapy and radiation oncology services into one operation, according to the release.

“This agrement with OHC solidifies our ability to continue to deliver high-quality cancer services for Springfield and surrounding communities,” Groshans said.

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The structure of the practice will change from a free-standing ambulatory practice to a hospital outpatient department.

Existing patients should not notice any disruption to services, but the co-pay and out-of-pocket pay could change or stay the same based on individual insurance.

Mercy Health’s ownership of the practice will also allow it to extend its charity care policies to all cancer center treatments and services, and its reduced cost drug drug and pharmaceuticals program to patients of the practice, according to the release.

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