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For Immediate Release:
Meritage Medical Network Honored with “Excellence in Healthcare” Award by Integrated Healthcare Association
Novato, California – October 23, 2015
On September 30 of this year, Meritage Medical Network was honored with the Excellence in Healthcare Award by the Integrated Healthcare Association (IHA). This award is part of an IHA initiative to recognize pay-for-performance (P4P) service based on healthcare quality and patient experience, specifically for organizations that are able to reduce or manage costs while improving their quality of care.
The Excellence in Healthcare Award is a remarkable distinction and one that is extremely difficult to achieve. Out of 205 physician organizations in California, only 22 earned the honor in 2015. To receive recognition, physician organizations must rank in the top 50% based on cost of care, patient experience, and clinical quality.
Affordability and quality are two pillars of the health system in California, and P4P programs are a great way to encourage excellence in both. These programs are a collaborative effort to establish uniform performance metrics, collect and validate aggregate data, instill a reliable governance process, and issue report cards for California physician organizations. In the past ten years, health plans have generated more than $500 million in incentives to organizations who have proven to provide outstanding quality and service.
Meritage has also received several other awards for quality, P4P, and technology from a number of prominent organizations, including the California Association of Physician Groups and the Department of Managed Healthcare. This latest honor in particular is a testament to Meritage Medical Network’s dedication to ensuring affordability and quality for their patients.
About Meritage Medical Network
Meritage Medical Network is a healthcare network representing physician members in Marin, Napa, and Sonoma Counties in California. We provide health care and administer benefits for HMO members in those regions. Our expert medical and administrative staff are dedicated to ensuring that patients receive the highest quality health care available.
In January 2013, Meritage Medical Network was designated as an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) by Medicare. Meritage Accountable Care Organization delivers quality coordinated care to the residents of the North Bay. For more information, please visit www.meritagemed.com.