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Published on September 27, 2013

Clinics Recognized for Improvement in Care

Several CentraCare Health clinic sites recently were recognized by the Minnesota Health Action Group, Minnesota Bridges to Excellence and the State of Minnesota with a quality award for meeting their improvement goal in optimal diabetes, vascular and/or depression care.

These clinics were recognized for achieving or improving patient outcomes in optimal diabetes, vascular and/or depression care. Award eligibility is based on the percentage of patients at levels of optimal care or an increase in the number over the previous year.
    
CentraCare Clinic – Big Lake, Diabetes care
CentraCare Clinic – Northway, Diabetes, vascular and depression care
CentraCare Clinic – St. Joseph, Depression care
CentraCare Clinic – Health Plaza Family Medicine, Diabetes care
CentraCare Health – Long Prairie/Eagle Bend, Depression care
CentraCare Health – Sauk Centre, Depression care
CentraCare Health – Monticello Medical Group, Diabetes and vascular care

To be eligible for a reward, clinics must have a certain percentage of patients at optimal levels of care or significantly increase the number over the previous year. For diabetes, measurement components include levels of blood sugar, cholesterol, and blood pressure, along with non-smoking status and daily aspirin use for all patients at risk for cardiovascular disease. Vascular disease measurements include levels of cholesterol and blood pressure, along with non-smoking status and daily aspirin for all patients. Depression measurements include remission, response and use of the PHQ-9. Both the remission and response measures are based on the patient's improvement in their PHQ-9 score over a six-month period of time.

History: The Minnesota Bridges to Excellence program, which was established by the Minnesota Health Action Group in 2005, and the State's Quality Incentive Payment System implemented in 2011, relies on clinical data that is publicly reported to identify clinics that qualify for a reward for meeting or exceeding optimal care standards for a specified percentage of patients with diabetes, vascular disease and depression.

 

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