Frequently Asked Questions About Membership

PIPA stands for Portland Inter-Hospital Physicians Association.  We are an organization comprised of employed physicians and independent physicians who join together as an association.  The PIPA staff supports the physicians through administrative services such as group contract negotiations, education, and quality improvement initiatives.  PIPA is not a clinic and does not see patients, the physicians who participate do.

Yes, your network participation will follow you if you remain practicing within the Portland area.  Our contracts are with the individual providers and not the clinic.  Your network participation will match the new clinic’s participation.

If the new clinic does not participate with PIPA, we will need to setup the new clinic prior to switching your network participation.  The new clinic’s physicians are able to apply for network participation.  It typically takes about 30-90 days for credentialing to be completed by the health plans.

Network providers will receive contract participation information in October for the following year.  At this time any contract updates and changes can be made.