SPM Doctors Services Honored

SPM Doctors Services Honored for Progress in Patient Care Strategies

TMF Physician Practice Quality Improvement Award recognizes effective care management and preventive health services

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Emilie Fennell
Director, Communications and External Relations

Rachel Jordan-Shuss
Communications Specialist
TMF Health Quality Institute

Austin, Texas – Oct. 25, 2017 – SPM Doctors Services, located in Bayamón, Puerto Rico, 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 and the Puerto Rico Medical 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.

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.

“Recognizing physicians for their leadership in improving the quality of health care is an important goal of our association,” said Ricardo Marrero Santiago, MD, president of the Puerto Rico Medical Association Board of Trustees. “We commend SPM Doctors Services for its progress in integrating new processes and strategies for quality, coordinated care. The practice’s dedication and commitment will make our 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

About TMF
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 the Puerto Rico Medical Association
The Puerto Rico Medical Association is a non-profit organization established to protect the health of Puerto Rico’s population and improve medical education. The association, founded in 1902, began releasing “Boletín,” in 1903. This is the most important scientific publication in the Island. It is accredited by the National Library of Medicine. The publication guarantees the accreditation of medical schools and maintains postgraduate training programs, ensuring our doctors, medical students and physicians in training have a forum to publish their work. Visit the association’s website,, or call 1-787-721-6969 for more information.