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Bakersfield Family Medical Center/Heritage Physician Network sets a standard for excellence in health care provided to our patients in settings that promote wellness and preventive medicine. Throughout the 35-year history of our medical organization, we have invested our resources in the development of programs and services responsive to the health care needs of our members, while adapting to the increasingly diverse needs of tomorrow’s health care agenda.

Bakersfield Family Medical Center has employed primary care providers and some specialists with offices located throughout Kern County. Heritage Physician Network is a physician group with locations throughout Kern County who comprise an Independent Physicians Association (IPA). These IPA physicians are affiliated with BFMC, although they maintain their own offices. Members who select Bakersfield Family Medical Center/Heritage Physician Network physicians will see their doctors in their conveniently located private offices. All members of BFMC/HPN can access the full range of services, programs, and specialists offered by Bakersfield Family Medical Center.

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Our Mission

Bakersfield Family Medical Center/Heritage Physician Network is recognized regionally and nationally as an innovator in our health care delivery system. Patient education and satisfaction are highly prioritized as components of all of our high quality medical programs and service activities.

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Dr. Richard N. Merkin, President and CEO
Heritage Provider Network

What is Heritage Provider Network?

Heritage Provider Network (HPN), BFMC/HPN’s parent organization, is a limited Knox-Keene licensed organization in California that provides affordable quality care to its members. Through innovative programs and services designed specifically for the managed care environment, HPN and its medical groups have been successful in delivering the goals it set out to achieve while establishing long-standing, favorable provider relationships. HPN’s guiding philosophy and beliefs are:

The HPN’s preventive health care services are widely acknowledged to be among the broadest and most advanced in the industry. Preventive health care services include employer-based health education programs, vaccinations and fitness programs. HPN has implemented rigorous programs to review utilization, quality assurance compliance, medical risk management and patient issues and concerns. HPN’s medical and administrative management organization assesses internal and external statistical data and surveys to monitor compliance with medical policies, procedures and standards.

What is a Medical Group?

A medical group is a legal entity organized and directed by physicians in private or group practices. BFMC/HPN has its roots as one of the first medical groups in the desert communities formed in 1981. The benefit of the medical group to your provider is centralized administrative staff and shared functions like credentialing, reporting and billing. BFMC/HPN contracts with providers who then participate in health plans negotiated by BFMC/HPN. The BFMC/HPN medical group providers include both primary and specialty providers.

HPN administers health care through the following private medical groups:

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4580 California Ave
Bakersfield, CA 93309
(661) 327-4411

Bakersfield Family Medical Center provides excellence in health care to our patients in professional settings that promote wellness and preventive medicine in Kern County. Throughout the 35-year history of our medical group, we have diligently invested our resources in the development of programs and services responsive to the healthcare needs of today’s patient while adapting to the increasingly diverse needs of tomorrow’s healthcare agenda.

Our facilities offer superior patient convenience by providing Urgent Care, Pharmacy, Lab, Radiology, Pediatrics and a variety of specialty services at one convenient site. In addition, the Heritage Physician Network is a group of physicians located throughout Kern County who have joined together to form an Independent Physicians Association (IPA). These IPA physicians remain affiliated with BFMC although they maintain their own individual offices. Members who choose physicians in Heritage Physician Network will see their selected doctors in their conveniently located private offices. All members of Heritage Physician Network can access the full range of services, programs and specialists offered by BFMC.

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1305 Marsh St.
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
(661) 327-4411

CCPN is an Independent Practice Association (IPA) formed in 2006, consisting of a network of contracted physicians located throughout the San Luis Obispo and Tulare counties. These IPA physicians are affiliated with CCPN for the coordination of care rendered to members who have selected CCPN as their primary medical group. Members who choose physicians of CCPN will see their doctors in their conveniently located private offices and also have access to a whole network of out-of-area specialists. All members of CCPN can access a full range of services, programs and specialists through these contracted providers.

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275 N. El Cielo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262
(800) 500-5215
(760) 969-6526

DOHC is a team of highly skilled primary care physicians and ancillary providers, servicing the community with all their health care needs from newborn to senior care. We have convenient locations throughout the Coachella Valley, Morongo Basin and Yucca Valley areas.

DOHC’s services include access to 6 Immediate and Urgent Care Centers - Bermuda Dunes, Indio, Palm Desert, Palm Springs and Yucca Valley. Our programs include Living and Aging Well, Home Health Services and Medication Management Services which are committed to improving your health proactively.

We are affiliated with every hospital in the Coachella Valley, which includes Eisenhower Memorial Hospital, Desert Regional Medical Center, John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital and Hi-Desert Medical Center.

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43839 N. 15th St. W
Lancaster, CA 93534
(800) 266-4364
(661) 945-5984

HDMG has a long-standing promise to provide residents of the Antelope Valley with the highest quality health care possible. Living up to our promise is an on-going commitment, which necessitates our growth as a multi-specialty medical group providing a wide range of health care services for our patients. For more than 25 years, we've been fortunate to have an impressive team of health care professionals, administrators, support personnel and dedicated volunteers who work in unison to help us deliver on our promise.

Together, we partner with local hospitals, medical experts and business leaders, and we actively support numerous organizations, educational, cultural and recreational events. Our team of healthcare professionals is available and ready to help you with all of your medical needs. We accept over 85 different health plans, including HMO, PPO, POS, EPO, Private and Medicare plans. Our Lancaster facility offers the convenience of having your Primary Care Physician, Lab, X-Ray, Urgent Care, Pharmacy, a Health Education Department, Infusion Center, and a multitude of subspecialties all under the same roof. In addition, our Urgent Care is now open 24 hours a day 7 days a week including holidays. We also have a full service Occupational Medicine Center on-site.

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12370 Hesperia Road Ste. 3
Victorville, CA 92395
(760) 245-4747

Heritage Victor Valley Medical Group has exceeded our members’ expectations since its inception in 2003 through personalized care by a staff of skilled professionals, a speedy referral system, and a panel of specialists to serve all your medical needs.

We believe the most important aspect of healthcare is tending to the personal needs of our patients. Our facilities are equipped with some of the finest diagnostic equipment and technicians available. We have the resources and commitment to always bring the best to meet the new challenges and ever-changing health care needs of the Victor Valley region.

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191 S. Buena Vista St., Suite 200
Burbank, CA 91505-4542
(818) 637-2000

Lakeside Medical Group is a comprehensive healthcare provider with a network of physicians and services throughout the San Fernando, San Gabriel and Santa Clarita Valleys, as well as parts of Ventura and San Bernardino Counties. We aim to deliver quality, affordable healthcare to the communities we serve.

We bring more than 20 years of innovation in healthcare delivery and management systems to our integrated network of services, which include hundreds of primary care physicians and over a thousand specialists; ancillary services, such as an outpatient surgery center, urgent care centers and physical therapy; and affiliations with premier hospitals, labs and other support services.

Our commitment to complete patient care includes developing new and better ways of delivering healthcare. From our approach to prevention and disease management to our hospitalist program and more, your care is coordinated so that you have the best possible outcomes.

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8510 Balboa Blvd
Northridge, CA 91325
(818) 654-3400
(866) 654-3471

With a network spanning more than 5,000 square miles and thousands of health care providers, Regal Medical Group is part of one of Southern California's largest managed health networks. That size works to your advantage, allowing us to be there to coordinate all of your health care, when and where you need us. In spite of our size, we remain rooted in close community and operate upon the simple, traditional principles of knowing our customer, and providing respectful, personal, quality care.

At Regal, we know that navigating the healthcare system can be complicated for patients and for physicians. We also believe that during a visit to your doctor, the focus should be on health and wellness. You should be discussing things like prevention, diagnosis, treatment and healing, not coverage, networks, claims, regulations and billing. That's where an IPA, like Regal Medical Group, is able to serve both patients and physicians, by managing the business of managed care so that you don't have to.

Regal Medical Group works together with your healthcare plan and your PCP to keep things running smoothly. We collaborate with our physicians to provide quality care, while focusing on minimizing your out of pocket expenses. One way that we keep your overall health care costs low is by emphasizing preventative care in order to keep you healthy.

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44469 N. 10th Street W
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 945-9411

Sierra Medical Group represents the future of medicine. Throughout our twenty five year history serving Antelope Valley, we have diligently invested our time and resources in the development of programs and services responsive to the healthcare needs of today's patient, while adapting to the increasingly diverse needs of tomorrow's health care agenda.

At SMG your health is our priority. An excellent team of specialty physicians who are either board certified or board eligible supports our primary care physicians providing you with a comprehensive healthcare network that is fully committed to your individual needs.

At SMG, we work hard to ensure that our patients receive quality medical care. This is why you will find easy access to your doctor, minimal waiting time for referrals, and staff members that genuinely care for your well-being.

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600 City Parkway West, Suite 400
Orange, CA 92868
(800) 747-2362

Affiliated Doctors of Orange County Medical Group, Inc., (ADOC) is an independent practice association, a medical group of over 275 private physicians and 600 specialty physicians who are dedicated to providing affordable, quality healthcare for individuals of all ages. We are affiliated with most major health plans, including many HMOs.

With offices throughout the greater Orange County area, chances are board-certified primary care physician and board certified specialists you need are in your own neighborhood.

Our goal is to help you make better care decisions for yourself and your family.

What is an Independent Physician Association (IPA)?

Along with the BFMC/HPN medical group providers, the network is enhanced by the independent physician association (IPA) physicians. An IPA is a legal entity organized and directed by physicians in private or group practices. The benefit to members/patients and the physicians is centralized administrative staff and shared functions. The IPA physicians participate in both health plans negotiated by BFMC/HPN or negotiated on their own. IPA practices affiliated with BFMC/HPN include both primary and specialty providers.