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Paramount Health Options Celebrates 25th Anniversary

October 17, 2019

In early 1994, medical leaders discussed an untested physician-hospital joint venture.  As many obstacles arose, leadership remained committed and compromises were achieved. Cedar Rapids Physician Hospital Organization, a limited liability partnership, was created on October 7, 1994.


It was anticipated that new “physician-hospital organizations” would be critical under emerging health care reform proposals. While health care reform efforts of 1994 faltered, CRPHO secured payer agreements whereby PHO was also able to perform credentialing for its members. Provider membership growth in and around Linn County took off. Twenty-five years later, and changing its name to Paramount Health Options, this organization remains one of the oldest and most successful physician-hospital organizations in the U.S.


Today PHO has 1,556 credentialed providers and facilities in 74 counties in three states. The PHO team is proud to consistently bring members and owners value by creating and delivering unique solutions. PHO will formally celebrate this important anniversary in early 2020 when PHO moves into its new permanent office.