NEWS | September 20, 2012

UC Davis Medical Group ranks among top-performing physician organizations


The UC Davis Medical Group ranks among the Top Overall Performing Physician Organizations in California for 2012, the Integrated Healthcare Association announced today at its annual Pay for Performance Program meeting in Los Angeles.

The award recognizes physician organizations that have excelled in meeting 49 key outpatient performance measures related to clinical quality, meaningful use of health information technology and patient experience in 2011. Nearly 200 organizations, representing approximately 35,000 physicians who care for some 10 million insurance group members, participated in the program. UC Davis was one of 47 organizations to receive an award based on the performance criteria.

Pay for Performance team members include (from left to right) Jeffrey Andrews, Debbie Garduno, Gibbe Parsons, Sharon Pfeiffer and Tracy Azevedo (not pictured). © UC Regents
Maximizing a culture of safety is a collaborative effort. Pay for Performance team members include (from left to right) Jeffrey Andrews, Debbie Garduno, Gibbe Parsons, Sharon Pfeiffer and Tracy Azevedo (not pictured).

"The recognition places UC Davis Medical Group among the top 25 percent of participating physician organizations in the state," said Dolores Yanagihara, director of IHA's Pay for Performance program.

"Our goal is to recognize the efforts of practicing physician groups that have excelled on a common set of performance measures, from the appropriate use of antibiotics to fostering childhood immunizations, using health information technology and creating patient-centered systems of care."

"The award reflects the commitment of our faculty and staff to deliver the highest quality and safest care for our patients," said Allan Siefkin, chief medical officer at UC Davis Medical Center. "Tracking our performance against established quality and efficiency benchmarks and comparing our outcomes with other practicing physician groups is one of the many ways that we assess our continuous quality improvement efforts."

Established in 2011 by IHA and California health plans, the Pay for Performance program features a common set of performance measures, a public report card and health plan incentive payments to improve patient care in California.

To identify top performers, IHA collected data on 49 measures related to clinical processes and outcomes, patients' ratings of care and compliance with meaningful use requirements. Physician groups whose overall performance score surpassed a comprehensive performance threshold based on the top 25 percent score for each for the 49 measures were designated as top performers.

The clinical quality measurements assessed processes and outcomes in the areas of prevention and diabetes, as well as cardiovascular, musculoskeletal and respiratory conditions. Patients' ratings of the care they received included communication with providers, timely access to care, coordination of care, and overall ratings of the care experience with physicians and others in the medical group.

Recognizing the essential contribution of information technology in coordinating processes of care, IHA also measured physicians groups' compliance with meaningful use requirements, a set of criteria that demonstrate effective use of electronic medical records.

IHA noted that its assessment tool uses many of the standardized national benchmarks available, including data from the California's Patient Assessment Survey, which is derived from the national Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Clinician and Group survey tool, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.

The Pay for Performance program is the largest non-governmental physician incentive program in the United States with seven health plans contributing data and providing incentive payments, including Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross, Blue Shield of California, Cigna Healthcare, Health Net, United Healthcare and Western Health Advantage. Kaiser Permanente for Northern and Southern California contributes data for the public reporting component of the program only.

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