Five Sutter Medical Network Organizations Achieve IHA Honors
SACRAMENTO, Calif. —Integrated Healthcare Association (IHA) has recognized four Sutter Medical Network (SMN) organizations for achieving top marks on quality and patient experience measures while effectively managing cost of care for Commercial HMO patients in 2018.
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In keeping with the national imperative to reduce healthcare costs while delivering high-quality care, IHA’s Excellence in Healthcare Award recognizes physician organizations in California making progress to that end. Sutter Medical Group, part of Sutter Medical Foundation, was one of just 28 physician organizations statewide to receive a 2019 Excellence in Healthcare Award from IHA. This award recognizes physician organizations that perform in the top 50th percentile across three domains: clinical quality, patient experience and total cost of care.
Of the nearly 200 physician organizations statewide participating in the Align. Measure. Perform. program, fewer than one in five attained an Excellence in Healthcare Award this year.
IHA also recognizes physician organizations that demonstrated exemplary domain-specific performance. Mills-Peninsula Medical Group and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group, both affiliated with the Sutter Palo Alto Medical Foundation, achieved high performance (top 10th percentile) in the clinical quality and patient experience domains. Two more Sutter-affiliated physician organizations, Sutter Medical Group and Gould Medical Group, achieved high performance (top 10th percentile) in the patient experience domain only.
IHA also recognizes eight physician organizations—one from each region— that demonstrate the greatest year-to-year improvement in clinical quality and patient experience domains. Gould Medical Group and Brown & Toland Physicians each earned the Ronald P. Bangasser Most Improved honor for making the greatest improvements in quality and patient experience from 2017-2018 among all physician organizations in the Central Valley and Bay Area regions, respectively. Brown & Toland Physicians contracts with Sutter Health affiliates to provide patient care.
SMN is part of Sutter Health’s not-for-profit network of care, which proactively implements programs across its system that continuously improve the quality and value of healthcare for patients. Integration across Sutter’s regions, clinical settings and data environments is delivering care models with some of the best clinical outcomes in the nation.