Are You Receiving Quality Care?
May 7, 2014
You walk into your new doctor’s office for a consultation. As you sit down and start speaking with her, she hands you a brochure explaining that she is recognized for providing high-value care to you, her patient. Her recognition means she met a vigorous set of standards measuring how well she manages her patients with chronic conditions, like diabetes or COPD, and the value of the care she is delivering to them.
Would you feel at ease knowing your doctor has been evaluated and rewarded for her ability to demonstrate quality care and putting patients first?
Programs like these do exist and play a critical part in improving the overall quality of our healthcare while lowering costs. Organizations like the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), various medical associations and our parent organization, Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute (HCI3), create and manage clinician quality programs.
Bridges to Excellence (BTE), the quality program created by HCI3, measures the quality of care delivered in provider practices, which special emphasis on managing patients with chronic conditions.
The Recognitions cover:
- Asthma Care
- Cardiac Care
- Cardiology Practices
- Congestive Heart Failure Care
- COPD Care
- Coronary Artery Disease Care
- Depression Care
- Diabetes Care
- Hypertension Care
- IBD Care
- Spine Care
The program also covers physician office systems and a real Medical Home recognition that promotes full care delivery and strong relationships between patients and their doctors.
So how do you find a doctor who has been recognized for providing high-value care through BTE? One way is through our Clinician Search under the Find Good Care section of our site. This search allows you to find the doctors close to you who have been recognized in one or more programs, along with their contact information and other credentials. BTE recognitions are also displayed on other site such as Vitals.com or through your health plan doctor search.
From time to time on the blog, we will be featuring doctors who have recently become BTE recognized. Be sure to check them out to see if one is in your local area!
Choosing a doctor recognized by a quality program is another step you can take as an engaged patient to make sure you are taking the lead in your own health!
Try out our Clinician Search! Is your doctor recognized in any quality programs? Let us know by joining us on Twitter at @INQUIREhc and using #INQUIREblog
For more information about what Bridges to Excellence is, visit www.hci3.org/what_is_bte.