About Us

When you ask people who they want to be making decisions about their healthcare most will answer: Doctors.

Physician-Led Network
in the North Bay

At Meritage, Doctors are the ones making decisions about your healthcare. Meritage is a network of over 730 local physicians administering care for HMO patients in Marin, Sonoma, and Napa Counties.

We contract with 7 HMO plans and with the Centers for Medicare Services for a Medicare Shared Savings Program. All told, Meritage primary care physicians provide medical services to over nearly half a million residents of the North Bay. Meritage has relationships with seven hospitals in its service area (the largest being Marin General in Marin and Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital in Santa Rosa) as well as urgent care centers and skilled nursing facilities, to provide a continuum of care for its patients.

Benefiting Our Members & Physicians

Patients in Meritage Medical Network have access to the highest quality and most caring physicians in the North Bay. All Meritage physicians are Board Certified in the specialty they practice in which means they are up to date on the latest clinical information and are overseen by the Medical Board of California. In addition, Meritage has Care Managers and Care Coordinators dedicated to helping patients who can benefit from additional individualized care, especially when they are transitioning from one care setting to another, such as going from the Hospital back to their home.

Meritage provides for our physicians in various ways to enable them to focus on providing the best care for their patients. Whether a physician is running their own independent practice or is part of a large medical group – Meritage is there for our physicians.

Local, Community Focused Care

Meritage physicians are in their communities every day creating health and well-being. Meritage gives back to local organizations that enable our neighbors to live healthier and happier lives.

Awards

We think our physicians are pretty amazing and we’re thrilled to have received recognition and awards for clinical quality, patient satisfaction, employee health and satisfaction, and health technology (full details on our awards page).

History of Meritage Medical Network

Meritage Medical Network (originally known as Marin IPA*) was formed in 1981 to organize the physicians of Marin County, California into an Individual Practice Association (IPA) to accept HMO insurance risk contracts together. Since then, Meritage has expanded into additional markets and products.

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    Meritage History

    1981

    Marin IPA is founded, HMO contracting with a single health plan.

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    1989-2001

    Marin IPA adds additional health plans.

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    Meritage History

    2004

    Marin IPA expands into Sonoma Valley.

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    Meritage History

    2005

    Marin IPA starts Prima Medical Group to recruit and retain Primary Care Physicians to Marin County.

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    Meritage History

    2007

    Marin IPA expands into Petaluma and becomes Marin – Sonoma IPA.

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    Meritage History

    2010

    Marin – Sonoma IPA expands into the rest of Sonoma County. Prima Medical Group partners with Marin General Hospital and Sonoma Valley Hospital as Prima Medical Foundation.

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    Meritage History

    2013

    Marin- Sonoma IPA expands into Napa County and becomes Meritage Medical Network. Meritage ACO is founded as a Medicare Shared Savings Program.

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    Meritage History

    2014

    Meritage Partners with SCAN Health Plan to bring a Kaiser alternative to Medicare Advantage patients.

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    Meritage History

    November 2015

    Meritage signs a second 3 year agreement with CMS for a Track 1 MSSP.

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    January 2016

    Meritage brings on a new CEO, Wojtek Nowak.

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    January 2017

    Meritage partners with Blue Shield of California and Marin General Hospital on an ACO program for both PPO and HMO patients in Marin County.

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    Meritage History

    2017

    Meritage hits record enrollment HMO numbers, bringing the total to 30,000 patients Meritage physicians are providing care for with Meritage.

About Our Name: Meritage Medical Network

Meritage was initially a word that a group of winemakers came up with to describe the French/Bordeaux style of winemaking, where two or more Bordeaux grapes are blended together to create a quality varietal. Winemakers wanted to ensure that every drop of wine made in this style had the same high quality, and so they created a membership, which had very specific criteria that needed to be met to qualify the wine as a Meritage.

Though healthcare has little to do with winemaking, Meritage, is a group of independent doctors who came together to create exceptional quality healthcare, with the support of other healthcare professionals in the areas of utilization, claims, customer service, provider relations, care management services, human resources, accounting and IT. Physician-led, we work interconnectedly, interrelatedly, and at regular intervals, as the definition of what a network suggests: a fabric or structure of cords or wires that cross at regular intervals and are knotted or secured at the crossings. an interconnected or interrelated chain, group, or system.

*IPA: NOT A BEER. An independent practice association (or IPA) is a US term for an association of independent physicians, or other organization that contracts with independent physicians, and provides services to managed care organizations on a negotiated rate.