Physicians Recognized by NCQA, ADA for Quality Diabetes Care
Family Medicine Physicians Eric Becker, M.D.; Gail Colby, M.D.; Kelly Hill, M.D.; and Sasha Savage, M.D.,of MidMichigan Medical Center-Midland Family Practice Center have been recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) and the American Diabetes Association (ADA) in the Diabetes Recognition Program for providing quality care to patients with diabetes.
The Diabetes Recognition Program was designed to improve the quality of care that patients with diabetes receive by recognizing clinicians who deliver quality diabetes care and by motivating other clinicians to document and improve diabetes care.
To receive recognition, which is valid for three years, Drs. Becker, Colby, Hill and Savage submitted data that demonstrated performance meeting the program’s key diabetes care measures. "These measures include ensuring regular eye exams, meeting goal therapy levels for blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar control, and ensuring regular diabetic foot exams," Dr. Colby said.
“When people with diabetes receive quality care as outlined by these measures, they are less likely to suffer complications such as heart attacks, stroke, blindness, kidney disease and amputations.”
"This special NCQA recognition reflects our commitment to doing what is best for our patients," said Dr. Savage. "Why? Because we care about people, we care about their health and their lives, and we want to see them happy and well. As a training program for resident physicians, we also believe in educating the next generation of doctors on principles of healthcare excellence. We teach them the highest standards of practice, and then challenge them go out and deliver the same."
“For a person with diabetes, the right clinician can make the difference between living with diabetes as opposed to suffering from diabetes,” said Richard M. Bergenstal, M.D., president, Medicine and Science, American Diabetes Association. “Clinicians who earn recognition through the Diabetes Recognition Program have an established track record of providing excellent diabetes care.”
The NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations. It also recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance. Those interested in learning more may visit www.ncqa.org.
The American Diabetes Association is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization supporting diabetes research, information and advocacy. Founded in 1940, the Association has offices in every region of the country, providing services to more than 800 communities. Those interested in learning more may visit http://www.diabetes.org/.
New patients to MidMichigan's Family Medicine Residency Program are welcome by calling (989) 839-3515. More information about each of these physicians is available at www.midmichigan.org/doctors.