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About OrthoMidwest and OrthoIllinois, a division of OrthoMidwest

About OrthoMidwest and OrthoIllinois, a division of OrthoMidwest

On January 1, 2023 OrthoIllinois entered into an agreement with Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush (MOR) to affiliate through an Aggregation under a new legal entity called OrthoMidwest.  Both practices will continue providing services as separate divisions of OrthoMidwest.  This means OrthoIllinois will begin being known as  OrthoIllinois, a division of OrthoMidwest and MOR will begin being known as Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, a division of OrthoMidwest.

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Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush is a like-minded multi-specialty orthopedic practice and has a nationally-recognized reputation as a leader in orthopedic care is well known.  With our shared practice foundations centered on the highest level of quality, commitment, and innovation in patient care, our affiliation will result in shared best practices to elevate care to the highest level.

Below you will find answers to common questions you may have regarding this aggregation and how it may impact services at OrthoIllinois.

Q: What is an “Aggregation?”

A: An aggregation is the partnership of multiple physician groups under one group name and tax identification number but allowing each group to operate independently as its own separate division.

Q: How is an Aggregation different from a merger?

A: Aggregation differs from a merger, as practices join as a Division of a Group practice on equal footing, retaining division autonomy, decision making, and care center culture but establishing a collaborative centralized governance infrastructure. In contrast, in a merger one entity typically is dominant, looking to have the other adopt its infrastructure. In both situations, two companies come together to benefit from combined resources, but under different premises.

Q: Will I keep my same doctor(s)?

A: Yes. You will still be able to see the same orthopedic and musculoskeletal specialists. There will be no changes to your doctor(s).

Q: How will I reach my doctor or clinic, request/change an appointment, or make a billing inquiry?

A: There will be no change to how you can contact our offices. To reach your doctor or clinic, to request /change an appointment, or make a billing inquiry, visit OrthoIllinois.com or call 815-398-9491.

Q: Will there be any location closings?

A: No. All our existing, convenient locations will remain open, and no services will be impacted by the aggregation.

Q: Will there be staff changes?

A: No. There will be no staff changes.

Q: Will your services change?

A: No. The high-quality orthopedic care and ancillary services provided by OrthoIllinois will not be impacted by the aggregation.

Q: Will OrthoIllinois’ name change?

A: OrthoIllinois will be referenced to as OrthoIllinois, a division of OrthoMidwest. The name Rockford Orthopedic Associates, Ltd. will no longer be used, and will be replaced by OrthoMidwest, PLLC or OrthoMidwest, PLLC D/B/A OrthoIllinois

Q: Will the Aggregation change the level or quality of the care I receive?

A: No. Patients will continue to receive the same high quality care they have come to expect from OrthoIllinois.

Q: Will OrthoIllinois still be in network with my insurance provider?

A: We do not anticipate impactful network changes as a result of this aggregation; however it is always recommended to check with your insurance plan directly to confirm your provider is in-network. Due to individual payer contracts, you may see that our name changes to OrthoMidwest on our agreement with your health insurance carrier. This will reflect by our practice being named as “OrthoMidwest” or “OrthoMidwest d/b/a OrthoIllinois” on your insurance carrier’s In-Network listing instead of either Rockford Orthopedic Associates, Ltd. or OrthoIllinois. You will also see us referenced as OrthoMidwest on any Explanation of Benefits/Verification of Benefits statements issued from your insurance carrier.

Q: If I am scheduled for a procedure/service in early January, will I have to wait for a new authorization from my insurance provider to be issued?

A: Our teams will process any insurance approvals/authorizations under our new business structure for services scheduled after January 1, 2023. No additional action will be required of patients.

Q: Who will my billing statements for services come from?

A: Your billing statements will continue to come from OrthoIllinois or from OrthoIllinois Surgery Center for services rendered there.

Q: Who will I make payments out to?

A: You will continue to make payments out to OrthoIllinois, or OrthoIllinois Surgery Center for services rendered there. Your billing statement will include specific instructions on how to make payments or you may continue to make payments online at https://www.orthoillinois.com/resources/pay-my-bill/

Q: If I am on a payment plan, will it change?

A: No. There will be no changes to existing account balances or payment plan arrangements.