TMF Physician Practice Quality Improvement Award recognizes effective care management and preventive health services
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Director, Communications and External Relations
TMF Health Quality Institute
Austin, Texas – Oct. 25, 2017 – Jaiswal Clinic in Durant, Oklahoma, has received a 2017 TMF Physician Practice Quality Improvement Award for improving patient outcomes while applying innovative strategies to advance quality health care.
Presented by TMF Health Quality Institute, Oklahoma State Medical Association (OSMA) and the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association, the award recognizes physician practices that have exemplary performance on nationally tracked measures for preventive care and chronic care management and effectively use technology and data systems to deliver high-quality care.
“These physician practices are setting standards for providing care that is effective, reliable and patient-focused,” said Steven L. Gates, DO, FACOI, chair of the TMF board of trustees. “Their leadership in process improvement is helping to transform health care and creating better outcomes for their patients.”
Award recipients demonstrate improvements in key clinical areas, such as hypertension control, influenza immunization, diabetes management and cancer screenings. They also actively incorporate health information technology and strategies to promote patient engagement and improve the patient experience.
The award criteria align with goals established by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to create more efficient, patient-centered health care systems while promoting the prevention of chronic disease.
“Recognizing physicians for their leadership in improving the quality of health care is an important goal for OSMA,” said Kevin E. Taubman, MD, president of the OSMA board of trustees. “We commend Jaiswal Clinic for taking steps that will lead to higher quality care for all.”
To be considered for the award, practices submitted an online application demonstrating their performance on quality measures and their participation in nationwide initiatives to prevent and treat chronic disease. Applicants were evaluated for outcomes and activities in calendar year 2016.
“This award reflects practitioners’ commitment to quality care and willingness to integrate new initiatives for care management and coordination,” said Kenneth E. Calabrese, DO, MACOI, president of the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association. “Their dedication is making our Oklahoma communities healthier.”
About the TMF Physician Practice Quality Improvement Award
TMF Health Quality Institute, Texas Medical Association and Texas Osteopathic Medical Association collaborated to introduce the TMF Physician Practice Quality Improvement Award Program in 2012 to recognize high-performing physician practices committed to improving clinical measures. TMF has since expanded the program to include practices in Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Puerto Rico, and has partnered with the respective medical associations in these states and territory to recognize physician practices. These partners include the Arkansas Academy of Family Physicians and Arkansas Osteopathic Medical Association, Oklahoma State Medical Association and Oklahoma Osteopathic Association and the Puerto Rico Medical Association.
Any physician practice in Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico or Texas with one or more licensed physicians providing care for Medicare patients is eligible to participate in the TMF Physician Practice Quality Improvement Award program. The data reporting period for the next award program begins January 2018 and continues through December 2018. TMF will accept online applications demonstrating clinical measures from this time period in the spring of 2019.
For more information about the award, visit https://award.tmf.org.
TMF Health Quality Institute focuses on improving lives by improving the quality of health care through contracts with federal, state and local governments, as well as private organizations. For more than 40 years, TMF has helped health care providers and practitioners in a variety of settings improve care for their patients.
About Oklahoma State Medical Association
The Oklahoma State Medical Association represents 4,000 physicians and medical students statewide.
About Oklahoma Osteopathic Association
The Oklahoma Osteopathic Association serves more than 2,400 members, including practicing physicians, residents, interns, osteopathic medical students and retired physicians. Doctors of osteopathic medicine, or DOs, practice in 69 of the state’s 77 counties and in 147 Oklahoma communities. Oklahoma DOs practice in all areas of medicine, from cardiology to sports medicine to radiology.