HealthStar Physicians, founded in 1995, is a successful multi-specialty group, located in Morristown, Tennessee. HealthStar Physicians had approximately 188,500 patient encounters in 2006, and projects patient encounters in excess of 200,000 in 2007. HealthStar Physicians, P.C. is comprised of 40 physicians and 17 mid-level providers representing 18 specialties. There are nine practice locations in three contiguous counties. The majority of the group practices in a class, 75,000 square foot Medical Office Building, which encompasses the following ancillary services:

  • Urgent Care Clinic – The Urgent Care Clinic provides the community with after hours care. It is staffed 7 days per week with HealthStar physicians and/or mid-level providers.
  • Bone Density – Hologic
  • EKG and Stress Lab
  • GE Voluson 730 4D Ultrasound System
  • Mammography – GE Digital
  • Moderate Complexity Laboratory – Beckman CX-9, Beckman Access
  • MRI – Siemens Magnetom Symphony 1.5T
  • Extremity MRI
  • Nuclear Camera – Siemens E-Cam (Dual head)
  • Physical Therapy
  • Sleep Clinic – 6 suites, MedCare, REMbrandt Embla, N-7000
  • Ultrasound
  • X-ray suites

HealthStar Laboratory features the UniCel DXC 600 for routine chemistry testing. The Unicel DXC 600 can deliver up to 990 tests per hour and 90 Basic Metabolic Panels in one hour. The laboratory utilizes the UniCel DXI 800 for routine immunoassays, which processes up to 400 tests per hour. This system provides proven chemiluminescent detection to provide excellent precision and sensitivity. The coagulation analyzer, Beckman ACL 1000, provides superior technology for the precision and reliability in performing routine Protime and APTT testing. The laboratory uses the Coulter LH 500 to ensure the highest sensitivity, specificity, and efficiency in performing hematology testing. The laboratory performs 1.5 million tests a year and is certified by COLA and CLIA. Dyncare is currently for any outsourcing of reference laboratory testing.

The bone density, Hologic, diagnostic imaging services are managed by a radiology information system (RIS) and are digitally processed and archived with a PACS (Picture Archiving and Communication System). The Hologic system performs instant vertebral assessments to evaluate for early spinal fractures. HealthStar Physicians are the only group in Tennessee with extensive modalities operating on an integrated internet based Avreo RIS/PACS system.


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awards & recognition

HealthStar Physicians, P.C. achieves MGMA better performer status

Morristown, TN, February 20, 2008. The Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) Performance and Practices of Successful Medical Groups: 2007 Report Based on 2006 Data identified HealthStar Physicians, P.C. as a better performer because of superior operational performance compared with similar medical group practices nationwide.

MGMA recognized HealthStar Physicians for being a better performer in two areas; patient satisfaction and cost management. Don Lee, CEO, believes that the keys to patient satisfaction include patient convenience, being sensitive to patient needs and community involvement. Lee stated, “We offer comprehensive ancillary testing at a central location with convenient parking and extended hours of operation. We also serve our community with an Urgent Care Center that is open seven days a week”.

HealthStar Physicians was started in 1995 when 10 physicians brought their practices together into one group to serve the Morristown area. The practice has grown to 33 physicians and 14 mid-level providers with 275 support staff at ten locations. HealthStar’s strong belief in giving back to the community is evidenced by the creation of the HealthStar Foundation in 2001.

Lee stated, “We are pleased to have HealthStar favorably compared to some of the most successful and well known physicians groups across the nation. We accept this honor and the associated responsibility that goes with such a designation. HealthStar’s commitment to our community will continue as we strive to deliver the highest quality of medical care”.

The MGMA report, a benchmarking standard among medical groups for nearly a decade, was produced using data from respondents to the MGMA Cost Survey: 2007 Reports Based on 2006 Data as well as data from a questionnaire that assessed management behaviors, practices and procedures of better performers. The report profiles medical practices that have demonstrated success in one or more areas: profitability and cost management; productivity, capacity and staffing; accounts receivable and collections; patient satisfaction; and managed care operations.

About MGMA

MGMA, founded in 1926, is the nation’s principal voice for medical group practice. MGMA’s more than 21,500 members manage and lead 13,500 organizations, in which more than 270,000 physicians practice. MGMA’s core purpose is to improve the effectiveness of medical group practices and the knowledge and skills of the individuals who manage and lead them. MGMA headquarters are in Englewood, Colo. Please visit mgma.com.