FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 26, 2016
NOVATO, Calif. – For the third consecutive year, Meritage Medical Network, the North Bay’s largest independent physician-run medical network, was honored by the Integrated Healthcare Association (IHA) with an Excellence in Healthcare Award for its achievements in providing patients high-quality care while managing costs.
A nonprofit group, IHA honors California physician groups for excellence in controlling costs while ensuring patients receive high-quality, evidence-based care. The award recognizes success in IHA’s Value Based Pay for Performance (P4P) program, a public reporting initiative designed to improve overall performance throughout the health care system. In earning the award, Meritage performed in the top 17 percent of California physician organizations. Meritage has now won the award each year since IHA created it. The presentation took place at the IHA Annual Stakeholders Meeting in Los Angeles on September 23.
“Through the Excellence in Healthcare Award, we recognize physician organizations that are making a real difference in their communities and in their patients’ lives every day through their commitment to high-quality, affordable, patient-centered care,” said IHA President and CEO Jeffrey Rideout, M.D.
“Delivering high-quality health care at manageable costs is a challenge, but it’s possible,” said Wojtek Nowak, CEO of Meritage. “Meritage physicians continue to pursue practices that will better benefit their patients in every respect. It’s an honor to receive the Excellence in Healthcare Award and to be named among the highest performing physician networks in California.”
Earlier this month, Meritage achieved certification from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) for its P4P audit review. The certification affirms the high level of integrity of performance data that has been reported by Meritage.
About Meritage Medical Network
Meritage Medical Network is an award-winning physician-run network of 700 board-certified primary care and specialist physicians that delivers comprehensive medical services to nearly half a million residents in Marin, Sonoma and Napa counties. Established in 1981, Meritage provides robust continuum-of-care options through contracts with all North Bay HMO plans and the Centers for Medicare Services, and through relationships with eight regional hospitals as well as the Bay Area’s topmost academic medical centers. For more information, visit www.MeritageMed.com.
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