Valley Medical Group is proud to announce that the Group’s primary care practices have earned the 2014 UnitedHealthcare PATH Excellence in Patient Service Award.
The PATH program was developed by UnitedHealthcare to help improve outcomes for its Medicare Advantage members by encouraging greater use of preventive health care services. The PATH Excellence in Service Award is based on clinical results that measure how successfully practices have closed gaps in patient care.
“According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fewer than half of adults 65 and older are up to date with their core preventive services, despite the fact that nearly all of these services are covered by Medicare and Medicaid,” notes Sam Ho, M.D., Chief Medical Officer of UnitedHealthcare. “We’re grateful for Valley Medical Group’s efforts to close gaps in care for our Medicare Advantage members by encouraging them to come in for their annual visits and to get their recommended screenings. We appreciate Valley Medical Group’s collaboration in helping our members become engaged with their preventive health care.”
Through the PATH program physicians track and identify gaps in patients’ care with the goal of improving health outcomes. Physicians who meet the PATH program’s clinical and quality goals for patient health outcomes are recognized annually for their efforts. In 2014, Valley Medical Group was among approximately 1,000 practices nationwide that successfully met the program’s goals.
“This recognition is testament to the excellent preventive care our primary care practices are providing to their patients and to the community,” said David Strassberg, M.D., Chair of Primary Care Services for Valley Medical Group.
About Valley Medical Group
Valley Medical Group (VMG) is a multispecialty group practice comprising doctors and advanced practice professionals representing more than 30 medical and surgical specialties. VMG brings together doctors who practice at The Valley Hospital, Valley’s Blumenthal Cancer Center in Paramus, eight urgent/primary care centers, and community-based practices. VMG joins The Valley Hospital and Valley Home Care as the three entities that form Valley Health System. For more information please visit ValleyMedicalGroup.com.
UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people nationwide live healthier lives by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. UnitedHealthcare serves 45 million people globally through a full spectrum of health.
Caption: Shown at Valley Medical Group’s (VMG) Primary and Urgent Care Practice in Waldwick are (left to right): David Strassberg, M.D., Chair of Primary Care Services for VMG; Sheila Minnich, R.N., Population Care Coordinator, VMG; Jo-Anne Zimmerman, R.N., Population Care Coordinator, VMG; Kristen Lisacchi, Network Contract Manager, United Healthcare; and Mary Aiosa, Director of Clinical Services, VMG.