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Reading Health Physician Network adds two practices, seeks expansion

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Reading HealthPlex (File photo)
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Reading Health Physician Network added two practices that include 26 anesthesiologists and a primary care physician, part of the network’s expansion mission throughout Berks County.

Reading Convenient Care in Muhlenberg Township became part of the network on Monday and Reading Anesthesia Associates in West Reading will be added on July 1 pending regulatory approval.

Dr. Amit Powar, CEO of Reading Health Physician Network, told Lehigh Valley Business this morning the two practices were acquired because “they align philosophically” with Reading Health System, of which the network is a member, and meet its criteria for patient care.

“We try to find those who are like-minded and those who align with our brand,” Powar said.

“We are actively at all times doing anything and everything we can [to expand] as long as their alignment meets ours. To grow the network is going to be a big tactic for us,” he said.

Reading Convenient Care, which will change its name to Reading Health Physician Network Family Medicine, provides routine care, physical exams, immunizations and treatment for minor illnesses and injuries.

“The location was Reading Convenient Care was very attractive to us,” Powar said. “It’s a market in which Reading Health System has a presence and we want to expand our presence in that market.”

Reading Convenient Care is by Dr. Giri Mannepuli, a sole practitioner. The network has preliminary plans to invest in the site by adding two or three more providers and other staff to the practice, and laboratory, imaging and ambulatory services, Powar said.

“We are going to bring all of our resources of Reading Health System to support that practice and help build a bigger presence in that market by adding providers and services,” he said.

“Dr. Mannepuli’s presence, his brand, his clinical outcomes and his way of taking care of his patients align very, very well with the way we want to treat our patients,” Powar said.

Reading Anesthesia will continue to provide anesthesia services at Reading HealthPlex for Advanced Surgical and Patient Care, Reading Hospital SurgiCenter at Spring Ridge and independent ambulatory surgery centers in the region.

“Reading Anesthesia has been serving Reading Hospital for over 30 years, so they are not new to us as a company,” Powar said. “What is new is they are now part of the network and the goals and incentives for the anesthesia group are the same as they are for Reading Health Physician Network.”

Now that they will be part of the same company, he said there will be more seamless delivery of services and perceive will perceive they are getting a continuum of care. For example, patients won’t get a separate bill for anesthesia services now that it will be part of Reading Health System.

“As the health care market [changes] from volume to value and focuses on quality and outcomes and service to patients, having the anesthesia service become a fully integrated part of helps us move forward more aggressively.”

Reading Health Physician Network has 525 providers, including 380 physicians.

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