Partnership Has Its Advantages

With more than 375 providers and 63 practice locations, Summit Medical Group is not only the largest primary care organization in East Tennessee, but is also independent from insurers, hospital systems and financial investors.

Join like-minded physicians who fiercely value our independence and bring the Summit Advantage to your own practice by joining our provider network.

The Summit Advantage

Adding to our 63 practice locations in 16 counties across East Tennessee, Summit also consists of four diagnostic centers, mobile diagnostic services, eight physical therapy centers, four express clinics, central laboratory, extensivist clinic, and sleep services center. Summit provides healthcare services to more than 475,000 patients, averaging over one million encounters annually.

The Summit Advantage

In addition to being the largest primary care group in East Tennessee, Summit Medical Group:

  • is physician-owned and physician-governed
  • has been nationally recognized for quality performance
  • provides competitive annual salaries with bonus potential
  • affords clinicians an enhanced work-life balance through extensive administrative support and resources

Summit Medical Group is actively seeking independent physician and advanced practitioner organizations interested in realizing the Summit Advantage within their own practice through joining our provider network. Our network is growing beyond East Tennessee, and we need quality, community-minded clinicians to be a part of our patient-centered success.

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Our individuality sets us apart.

Becoming part of Summit Medical Group's provider network is not the same as joining a large health system. While partners benefit from access to a wealth of shared resources and creative innovation often found in larger healthcare organizations, Summit is physician owned and operated - meaning each partner retains independence and autonomy in the way in which they practice medicine.

At Summit, providing quality, affordable care to our patients is the primary motivation behind everything we do. Our Value-Based Care initiatives continue to result in major improvements in overall patient care and experience — while significantly increasing reimbursements for our providers that drive these health outcomes.


The Summit Advantage

  • Accounting and Financial Management
  • Marketing and Communications Support
  • After-Hours RN Triage Service
  • Medical Benefits
  • Billing and Collections
  • Patient-Centric Care Coordination
  • Central Laboratory
  • Patient Navigation
  • Compliance and Legal Services
  • Payer Relations
  • Diagnostic Imaging Services
  • Payroll
  • Expert Peer Network
  • Physical Therapy Services
  • Group Purchasing
  • Provider Credentialing
  • Information Technology and Support
  • Risk Management
  • Infusion Center Services
  • Sleep Center
  • Insurance Contracting
  • Urgent Care
  • Managed Care Contracting
  • Value-Based Care Model

Taking Care of Our Most Precious Resource

It is no secret that clinician morale is directly related to patient outcomes. In other words, higher clinician job satisfaction translates to better patient outcomes. Likewise, providers who are overwhelmed and experiencing burnout often end up with less than ideal patient outcomes.

Summit seeks to provide our clinicians a better work-life balance through an enhanced support structure that includes after-hours nurse triage services and dedicated patient care coordinators. While many physician-owners spend their nights and weekends on countless administrative tasks, our providers have the support they need to truly enjoy their time off.

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Four Questions to Determine if a Summit Partnership is Right for Your Practice

Do you believe your independent practice has a strong, secure future?

Today, many independent providers struggle with improving the functioning and profitability of their practice while also increasing patient wellbeing and satisfaction. Summit provides aa partnership experience that helps our providers...

Today, many independent providers struggle with improving the functioning and profitability of their practice while also increasing patient wellbeing and satisfaction. Summit provides aa partnership experience that helps our providers remain independent, provide outstanding service, and thrive financially.

Is your back office (finance, payroll, HR, IT, etc.) managed efficiently?

Providers at many independent practices are used to having to do everything themselves, which takes valuable time away from patient care. A Summit partnership is a valuable resource for independent practices, offering full back office...

Providers at many independent practices are used to having to do everything themselves, which takes valuable time away from patient care. A Summit partnership is a valuable resource for independent practices, offering full back office support, tools, education, coaching, and other resources.

Do you feel a partnership would benefit your practice, but you don't want to sacrifice your autonomy?

When independent practices become part of a large system, they often have to adjust or realign their established practices. At Summit, we embrace collaboration and innovation. Our partners retain autonomy and their individuality....

When independent practices become part of a large system, they often have to adjust or realign their established practices. At Summit, we embrace collaboration and innovation. Our partners retain autonomy and their individuality. coming together to maximize the benefits of scale without losing their identity.

Do you feel you have a voice when negotiating with payers?

Smaller, independent practices can often feel unheard when negotiating with commercial and governmental payers, such as Medicare and Medicaid. Summit Medical Group provides independent providers a 'seat at the negotiation table' with...

Smaller, independent practices can often feel unheard when negotiating with commercial and governmental payers, such as Medicare and Medicaid. Summit Medical Group provides independent providers a 'seat at the negotiation table' with payment agreements that allow for shared savings, pay-for performance, and pay-for quality.

Learn More

Want to explore what the Summit Advantage can do for your practice? Reach out to our Market Development team today!

Why Physicians Choose Summit

Mark Johnson, M.D., shares the struggles he was experiencing as a solo provider — and the benefits available to his practice and personal life — that ultimately led him to join Summit Medical Group more than 13 years ago.

"I was approached by two physicians in the group who knew that I was struggling to make ends meet while running my own solo practice. They suggested I talk to Summit's CEO about joining the group. Joining Summit Medical Group was the best decision I have made in my professional career. I am able to work about 40 hours per week and maintain a very comfortable living without having to worry about all the business decisions or try to navigate the changing landscape and direction of Medicine alone. There is no way that I would have been able to implement electronic medical records or reach the level of Patient Centered Medical Home I have without the support of the group. I am surrounded by people who are experts in medicine, business, and information systems who all are working toward the common goal of excellence in medicine and stability and growth in business."

Mark Johnson, M.D., Family Medicine (Summit provider since 2007)

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