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NCQA Physician Recognition Programs:
As a patient, why are they important?
For many patients, especially those with patients to help them make a more informed decision
a chronic illness like diabetes, choosing the right when choosing a physician. At Esse Health, one of our
physician can sometimes be a difficult decision. values is Excellence, specifically excellence in the level
Research indicates that care for the same illness can of quality care we are providing to our patients. All of
vary from practice to practice, or even from physician our physicians are currently working towards NCQA
to physician. So, choosing the right physician is an physician recognition. Currently twelve Esse Health
important decision and patients should expect their physicians have achieved NCQA recognition. For more
medical care to be consistent with the best medical information about these physicians, please click the
evidence available. links below.
One of your best resources for information
is available through organizations like the National NCQA Diabetes Recognition
Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). NCQA Dr. Susan Adams
is a private, non-profit organization that evaluates Dr. Scott Anderson
physicians and other health care organizations based Dr. Joyce Boehmer
on strict quality criteria. They are committed to Dr. Kathleen Brunts
providing health care quality information through Dr. Thomas Hastings
the web and the media in order to help consumers, Dr. Stephen Knapp
employers and others make more informed health Dr. Sean McLaughlin
care choices. Dr. Jennifer Sewing
NCQA has physician recognition programs in Dr. David Shaw
diabetes, back pain, heart/stroke and the medical Dr. Elizabeth Tracy
home. These programs were developed to help Dr. Ronald Wepprich
physicians and practices support the delivery of Dr. Charles Willey
high-quality care. They are built on evidenced-based,
nationally recognized clinical standards of care. NCQA NCQA Heart/Stroke Physician Recognition
has partnered with the American Diabetes Association Dr. Thomas Hastings
(ADA) to develop the diabetes recognition program
for physicians. For a physician to achieve diabetes For more information about the National Committee for
recognition status they must show they regularly Quality Assurance (NCQA), please visit www.ncqa.org.
achieve good control of blood pressure, cholesterol,
blood sugar and more. Achieving recognition status www.essehealth.com
is not easily attainable; good outcomes generally
require a shared commitment from a responsive
and engaged patient. Achieving NCQA designation
is not required and physicians are not compensated
more than those who do not achieve recognition.
These physicians have voluntarily stepped forward
to systematically measure the quality of their care
against national standards.
Resources and information available from
organizations, like the NCQA, are made available to
This newsletter is intended for informational purposes only. It is not designed to, nor is it intended to provide medical advice.
You should not rely on this newsletter in place of seeking professional medical advice.