North Hollywood-based IPC The Hospitalist Company has acquired Elder Medical Services, P.C., marking the hospitalist physician group practice company’s entry into New York.

The Elder practice has operations in the Buffalo and Syracuse areas and is comprised of physicians and nurse practitioners who work in management and care at nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

“IPC has established a track record of leadership and innovation in facility-based patient care, both in acute and post-acute settings. Our post-acute hospitalists look forward to accessing IPC’s management capabilities, recruiting resources, and performance monitoring systems in order to better serve our facilities in the Buffalo and Syracuse communities,” said Dr. Stephen Evans, founder and co-owner of Elder Medical Services, in a prepared statement.

Elder’s providers serve as primary caregivers for residents of area nursing homes and assisted living facilities in addition to patients discharged to these facilities after an acute hospital stay.

“In this era of healthcare reform, the role of the post-acute hospitalist has become increasingly important. IPC has now established post-acute hospitalist services in most of our markets. Through the integration of acute and post-acute services IPC is improving the continuum of care, which in turn can help reduce hospitalizations and readmission rates, lowering costs throughout the system while improving patient outcomes,” said Dr. Adam Singer, chairman and CEO of IPC, in a prepared statement.

Kelly Goff