Saline Med-Peds Group Honored

Saline Med-Peds Group 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 – The Saline Med-Peds Group, located in Benton, Arkansas, 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, the Arkansas Academy of Family Physicians and the Arkansas Osteopathic Medical Association (AOMA), 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.

“We congratulate Saline Med-Peds Group for its progress in integrating important data reporting processes and strategies to make patients partners in their care,” said Len Kemp, MD, president of the Arkansas Academy of Family Physicians. “The steps they are taking 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.

“The Arkansas Osteopathic Medical Association commends Saline Med-Peds Group for its dedication to providing quality, coordinated care to its patients” said Dewey McAfee, DO, AOMA president. “Its commitment is making Arkansas 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.

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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 Arkansas Academy of Family Physicians
The Arkansas Academy of Family Physicians is the state chapter of the American Academy of Family Physician and Arkansas’ largest medical specialty organization. Its more than 1,260 members include active members, resident members, student members, life members, inactive members and supporting members. The AAFP was founded to promote and maintain high quality standards for family doctors who are providing comprehensive health care to the public.

About Arkansas Osteopathic Medical Association
An affiliate of the American Osteopathic Association, the Arkansas Osteopathic Medical Association is a voluntary professional association dedicated to promoting the causes, purposes and goals of the osteopathic profession in Arkansas. The AOMA's business is for the benefit of individual members, the osteopathic profession, its institutions and other affiliated organizations as well as the public served by osteopathic medicine in Arkansas.