UCLA Medical Group ranks among top physician organizations in state

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The Integrated Healthcare Association has announced that for the sixth consecutive year, the UCLA Medical Group has been rated one of California's top-performing physician organizations.
 
Rankings were based on several important health care quality measures: clinical quality, patient experience and satisfaction, and the use of information technology.
 
The ranking process examined how physician groups performed in 21 different areas of clinical quality related to preventive services, women's health, cardiovascular disease management, coordinated diabetes care and providing effective care. An additional nine areas related to patient experience and satisfaction, including doctor-patient relationships, were examined. Finally, the four areas related to the use of technology examined how physician groups used technology to improve and coordinate care for both preventive services and chronic diseases, such as providing automatic reminders to patients in need of colon cancer screenings.
 
"Being recognized for providing outstanding care is the result of all of us at UCLA doing many things right in the service of our patients," said Dr. Samuel A. Skootsky, medical director of the UCLA Medical Group. "This award recognizes our ability to go beyond the usual office care and to create systems that allow us to measure what we do and continuously improve quality and service."
 
The 45 top-performing physician groups - from among 221 examined - had the highest overall performance in 2009 based on statewide pay-for-performance (P4P) program measures. Top-performing physician organizations were identified by calculating a composite score in each of the P4P measurement domains, which were then weighted to compute an overall composite score.
 
"This award demonstrates that UCLA is well positioned for whatever changes lie ahead as our health care system is transformed through innovation in the years ahead," said Dr. Patricia Kapur, interim president of the UCLA Faculty Practice Group.
 
UCLA was one of only four California medical group organizations chosen in the Los Angeles region.
 
Integrated Healthcare's P4P program, the largest program of its type in the United States, encourages innovation in health care by incentivizing high clinical performance. According to the association, the top-performing physician groups are leaders in the use of evidence-based health care processes and health information technologies that result in better care for patients.
 
The Integrated Healthcare Association is a statewide leadership group made up of California health plans, physician groups and health care systems, as well as academic, consumer, purchaser, pharmaceutical and technology representatives. The association promotes quality improvement, accountability and affordability for the benefit of all California consumers through special projects, policy innovation and education. 
 
The UCLA Medical Group
is a component of the UCLA Health and is primarily composed of faculty physicians of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Organized in 1987, with more than 1,000 physicians and 72 ambulatory practice sites, the medical group is committed to quality and service. The UCLA Medical Group and UCLA Health provide services to patients in West Los Angeles and Santa Monica, as well as throughout California, nationally and internationally. For more information, visit www.uclahealth.org or call 310-302-1300.
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