Stars Recognition

Physicians Medical Group of Santa Cruz Honored for Providing High-Quality Care to Medicare Advantage Patients

 SANTA CRUZ, CA – Friday, December 1, 2017

Physicians Medical Group of Santa Cruz (PMG) was recognized today for providing high-quality care to Medicare Advantage patients by the Integrated Healthcare Association (IHA), a statewide nonprofit group committed to high-value, integrated care that improves quality and affordability for patients across California and the nation.

Building on the Medicare Advantage (MA) star rating system for health plans, IHA uses a subset of 12 clinical quality measures to collect performance data and assign star ratings to 181 physician organizations based on how well they provided recommended care in 2016 to more than 2 million California seniors and people with disabilities enrolled in MA health maintenance organizations (HMOs).

Clinical quality measures used to calculate the star ratings range from rates of breast and colorectal cancer screenings to eye exams and blood sugar control for patients with diabetes to managing osteoporosis in women with a previous fracture. Collecting these measures at the physician organization level allows IHA to combine data from the six participating health plans to identify performance variations that can help plans and POs target quality improvement efforts.

Each year, IHA recognizes physician organizations that achieve a 4.5- or 5-star rating. PMG attained a 4.5 star rating for 2017-18, which reflects care provided to MA patients in 2016.

“We are committed to performance measurement and quality improvement, and we are proud to be recognized for the high-quality care we provide to our Medicare Advantage patients,” said Marvin Labrie, CEO of PMG.

“California physicians are leaders in making health care more transparent through their voluntary participation in Medicare Advantage star quality ratings,” said IHA President and CEO Jeffrey Rideout, M.D. “We applaud their hard work and commitment to improving the quality of care for Medicare beneficiaries.”

An IHA fact sheet has more information on the Medicare Advantage 5-Star Rating System for California Physician Organizations.



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