PacMed Recognized as Top Health Care Provider by WA Health Alliance
The Washington Health Alliance’s Community Checkup 2014 ranked Pacific Medical Centers (PacMed), with nine clinic locations in the greater Puget Sound area, as one of the high-performing medical groups that demonstrated outstanding quality care on many metrics. They attribute this success to a patient-centered medical home model of care which focuses on comprehensive outpatient care that is associated with reduced health care costs.
“The Washington Health Alliance Community Checkup provides medical groups objective outcome metrics that compare performance metrics among peers. We are proud to be a top performing medical group,” said Dr. Vik Dabhi, chief medical officer at PacMed. “Our scores reflect not only a patient-centric approach of care and care-coordination but also our organizational and individual commitment to improve health outcomes.” The Community Checkup is an annual report on health care that measures the quality of care provided by medical groups in an effort to improve health care quality and affordability across the state. This is the first year that medical groups outside of the Puget Sound region were included in the report, with the addition of Skagit, Spokane and Whatcom counties.
The 2014 Community Checkup reports on 31 measures of quality and appropriateness of outpatient health care. The measures fall into areas of prevention, chronic disease management, generic drug prescribing, appropriate use of services and access to care. As in past reports, the current report provides some performance results only at the state level. But for 22 of the measures, the report provides detailed results for 119 medical groups and 471 clinics of four or more providers in eight counties—King, Kitsap, Pierce, Skagit, Snohomish, Spokane, Thurston and Whatcom counties.
For each publicly reported measure, health care providers are rated as above, at or below the state average. Of the 18 measures on which PacMed was evaluated, 11 measures were “above average” and six were “average,” results that place PacMed as a top performer. PacMed received generally high marks in the categories of diabetes care and health screenings.
“At PacMed, our goal is to help our communities live healthier lives. We strive for excellent communication and coordinated care in each patient interaction in order to provide the highest quality care while effectively managing costs,” said Linda Marzano, chief executive officer of PacMed. “We are honored to once again be ranked among the top health care providers in the state by the Washington Health Alliance. These results underscore our efforts to help our patients lead their healthiest lives.”
The results in the Community Checkup are based on the care that 3.9 million insured people in Washington state received for the period from July 2012 to June 2013. Both Medicaid and commercially insured patients are included in the report. To view results for all measures included in the Community Checkup, see www.WACommunityCheckup.org.
About The Washington Health Alliance
As a purchaser-led, multi-stakeholder collaborative with more than 185 participants, the Washington Health Alliance is committed to leading health system change in Washington state. The Alliance has a bold vision: by 2017 physicians, other providers and hospitals in the region will achieve the top 10 percent in performance nationally in the delivery of quality, evidence-based care and in the reduction of unwarranted variation, resulting in a significant reduction in medical cost trends. To achieve this goal, it will require the aligned efforts of those who give, get and pay for health care. A cornerstone of the Alliance’s work is the Community Checkup, a regional report to the public comparing the performance of clinics and hospitals for basic measures of quality care. The Alliance is a member of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Aligning Forces for Quality communities.