UCare honors Amery Hospital & Clinic
MINNEAPOLIS, June 5, 2015 ─ Amery Hospital and Clinic was honored for delivering high-quality care to UCare’s Medicare members at UCare’s seventh annual “A Salute to Excellence!” event Monday evening, June 1. UCare held the gathering to recognize 19 clinics and care systems either for earning quality excellence awards in UCare’s 2014 Pay for Performance (P4P) program or for going the extra mile to deliver culturally responsible health services to UCare members and to reduce barriers to care for people with disabilities.
UCare’s A Salute to Excellence! event at the University of Minnesota’s McNamara Alumni Center included a reception, dinner, and awards program. Nancy Feldman, President and CEO, UCare, and Dr. Russ Kuzel, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, honored guests representing top-performing health care organizations providing care and services to UCare’s Medicare and Minnesota Health Care Program (MHCP) members.
UCare’s P4P program recognizes improved clinical outcomes for UCare members of MinnesotaCare and Prepaid Medical Assistance Program (PMAP), UCare Connect, UCare’s Minnesota Senior Health Options (UCare’s MSHO), and for members of UCare’s UCare for Seniors Medicare Advantage plan in Minnesota and western Wisconsin. UCare analyzes patient care claims to determine P4P reward recipients.
“Quality is one of UCare’s key values,” said Dr. Kuzel. “We greatly value the high-quality care Amery Hospital and Clinic delivers every day and are pleased to honor their outstanding efforts to help our members of all ages and cultures get and stay well.”
Amery Hospital & Clinic was one of only two hospitals in the state of Wisconsin to receive this award.
This was accomplished through the work of the facilities entire clinic team and beyond. Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, Medical Assistants, RNs, and Lab, Scheduling, Registration and Diagnostic Imaging teams as well as Senior Leaders and patients all played a role in attaining these great results.
UCare’s P4P criteria are selected to improve preventive care, identify health issues through screenings for various health risks and conditions, and achieve improved outcomes for chronic conditions such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Measures are based on specifications from the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS), Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS), the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI), and MN Community Measurement (MNCM).
UCare (www.ucare.org) is an independent, nonprofit health plan providing health care and administrative services to more than 500,000 members. UCare partners with health care providers, counties, and community organizations to create and deliver:
• National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)-accredited plans for Minnesotans shopping on the MNsure health insurance marketplace
• Medicare plans with an “Excellent” NCQA rating throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin
• Income-based Minnesota Health Care Programs, such as MinnesotaCare and Prepaid Medical Assistance Program, for individuals and families
• Coverage for adults with disabilities
• Medical Assistance and Medicare coverage for dually eligible Minnesotans
UCare serves more people from diverse cultures and more people with disabilities enrolled in Medical Assistance than any other health plan in Minnesota. The health plan addresses health care disparities and care access issues through its UCare Foundation grants and a broad array of community initiatives. The health plan has received Top 100 Workplaces honors from the Star Tribune for five consecutive years since the rankings began in 2010.