PUTTING DOCTORS CLOSE TO WHERE PEOPLE LIVE
University Medicine Associates is one of the largest provider groups in the region, with more than 150 physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants providing care to patients in more than 22 locations in the San Antonio area.
And as the community continues to grow, so does University Medicine Associates, or UMA — with a new location along the fast-growing Northwest corridor. While it began as a collection of primary care providers, it is quickly adding specialists throughout the community.
Previously known as Community Medicine Associates, it adopted the UMA name in late 2016 to better align itself with University Health System, which created the group practice in 1999 to improve access to primary care throughout Bexar County.
Today, UMA stands on its own as a major presence in the medical community.
“We provide highly integrated, patient-centered care in neighborhoods throughout Bexar County,” said Dr. Monika Kapur, a family medicine physician and president and CEO of UMA. “Our University Health System family health centers and clinics are designed to be convenient, both in terms of location and — especially in our larger centers — the on-site availability of all types of services, from imaging and labs to specialty care.”
UMA provides care to those enrolled in University Health System’s CareLink program, which offers financial assistance to eligible Bexar County residents unable to get affordable health coverage. But almost 73 percent of UMA patients are covered by Medicare, Medicaid or with private insurers such as Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, Community First Health Plans, Humana, Superior, United Compass and WellMed.
UMA is home to one of the largest endocrinology practices in South Texas with eight board-certified endocrinologists on staff — most of whom are based at University Health System’s world-renowned Texas Diabetes Institute.
With 46 family and internal medicine physicians and 17 general pediatricians supported by advanced practice providers, primary care still makes up the largest segment of UMA providers.
The list of UMA specialists is growing and also includes pediatric specialties, obstetrics and gynecology, cardiology, psychiatry, rheumatology, wound care, skin care and sleep medicine.
“For patients, there’s a big benefit to being part of a large health system,” Dr. Kapur said. “We’re in their community, their neighborhood. We have great providers, great facilities and a commitment to offering the best evidence-based care in a family-friendly environment.”