In terms of quality, Summit Medical Group’s programs are among the best in the nation, as recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).
Summit's nationally ranked Quality programs are featured in the national Group Practice Journal. Summit chose NCQA to serve as an independent third party to measure performance.
Summit participates in the following NCQA recognized quality programs:
• Patient Centered Medical Home
• Diabetes Recognition Program
• Heart & Stroke Recognition Program
Summit physicians rank in the top 10 nationwide for all three categories of NCQA recognition: Patient Centered Medical Home, Heart Stroke Recognition, and Diabetes Recognition. In addition, Summit physicians are currently undergoing recertification utilizing 2014 NCQA PCMH Criteria.
Patient Centered Medical Home
NCQA ’s Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) is an innovative program for improving primary care. In a set of standards that describe clear and specific criteria, the program gives practices information about organizing care around patients, working in teams and coordinating and tracking care over time.
Summit’s PCMH program ranks third in the nation, among such healthcare powerhouses as Kaiser Permanente, Carolinas Health Systems and Novant Medical Group.
PCMH results in more personalized, coordinated, effective and efficient care in a healthcare delivery model that revolves around the patient. Summit practice sites and physicians have long succeeded in providing high quality health care. PCMH finally provides the support and resources to physicians, sites and patients to create a better patient experience with improved efficiency and outcomes.
Summit had to meet six areas of criteria in order to receive PCMH certification. Criteria included:
- Enhancing access and continuity of care
- Accommodating needs after hours
- Identifying and managing care
- Providing self-care support and community resources
- Tracking and coordinating care
- Measuring and improving performance
Learn about Care Coordination and how it relates to Summit's participation in PCMH. Click Here.
Heart/Stroke Recognition Program
Summit physicians strategically treat and monitor symptoms and conditions that can lead to cardiac issues and strokes. The medical group has a Heart/Stroke Recognition Program (HSRP) ranked fourth in the nation by NCQA. HSRP is a voluntary program designed to recognize physicians who use evidence-based measures and provide excellent care to persons with cardiovascular disease (CVD) or who have had a stroke. HSRP assesses key quality performance measures that are based on national evidence based guidelines for secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease and stroke.
Program measures include:
- Blood pressure control
- Complete lipid profile
- Cholesterol control
- Use of aspirin or other antithrombotic
- Smoking status and cessation or treatment
HSRP Recognition provides assurance that Summit physicians are providing high quality, evidenced–based care for CVD and stroke patients.
Diabetes Recognition Program
It’s no secret that diabetes is one of the more prevalent diseases in East Tennessee. It’s also one of the most costly diseases with long-term lifestyle ramifications. At Summit, physicians work hard to monitor, control, diagnose and treat diabetes so that patients can live longer, healthier lifestyles.
Summit’s Diabetes Recognition Program (DRP) is ranked sixth in the nation with 146 physicians participating in the program.
NCQA DRP was developed to provide physicians with tools to support the delivery and recognition of consistent high quality care. This voluntary program is designed to recognize physicians and other clinicians, who use evidence-based measures and provide excellent care to their patients with diabetes. The DRP Program has 10 measures which cover areas such as:
• HbA1c control
• Blood Pressure control
• LDL control
• Eye examinations
• Nephropathy Assessment
• Smoking status and cessation advice or treatment
Those who achieve DRP Recognition show their peers, patients and others in the diabetes community that they are part of an elite group that is publicly recognized for its skill in providing the highest-level.