GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--This month, Priority Health awarded Quality Awards to 235 physicians and physician offices for improving health care outcomes for patients throughout Michigan. The Priority Health Quality Awards are given to physicians and physician offices that achieve the highest overall scores in preventive care and chronic disease measures through the Priority Health Primary Care Provider Incentive Program.
“To improve our healthcare system the industry’s smartest providers and insurers need to collaborate so patients can have affordable, quality care,” said Joan Budden, president and CEO of Priority Health. “Thanks to the outstanding providers we partner with across the state, we are exceeding national benchmarks while making Michigan a healthier state.”
Priority Health sets high targets, with practices needing to meet or exceed the national 90th percentile benchmark in order to qualify for incentive awards on 25 performance measures, such as cancer and depression screening, immunizations, and chronic condition management. By collaborating with physicians, Priority Health has successfully helped health plan members avoid incidence of chronic disease complications for conditions such as congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes mellitus, asthma and hypertension at rates better than state and national averages. This year’s results show that progressive targets are keeping members healthier.
For example, members who had their blood pressure under control increased by 4%. Preventive screenings also increased. Colorectal cancer screenings increased by 2% while depression screenings and follow-up care increased from 56% to 67% as a plan overall.
Through this year’s Quality Awards, Priority Health will award more than $29 million to practices in support of high quality primary care, funding that is provided in addition to standard payment of services. The Quality Awards have grown significantly over the last 30 years. What started with recognition of fewer than 30 practices in 1986 has now evolved to recognize 235 practices for excellence statewide.
Awards are based on performance throughout the previous calendar year, honoring provider work in 2018. To view a full list of the 2019 Quality Award recipients, visit https://www.priorityhealth.com/about-us/for-the-media/news-releases/priority-health-2019-physician-quality-awards-announced.
About Priority Health:
Priority Health is an award-winning, Michigan-based non-profit health plan nationally recognized for improving the health and lives of the people it serves. It continues to lead the industry in engaging members in their health, delivering effective health and disease management programs and working with physicians to improve health care outcomes and performance. Priority Health is one of only 20 health plans nationwide offering wellness programs accredited by the National Committee for Quality Assurance, an organization which also rated it among the best health plans in the nation. The State of Michigan named the Priority Health HMO the benchmark plan for all individual and group HMO plans to model.
Priority Health offers a broad portfolio of health benefit options for employer groups and individuals, including Medicare and Medicaid plans. Its network of health care providers features 95 percent of practicing physicians available in Michigan and more than 900,000 health care providers nationwide.