UCare honors Ridgeview Clinics at June 18 Salute to Excellence! event

MINNEAPOLIS, June 30, 2013 ─ Ridgeview Clinics was recognized for delivering high-quality care to UCare’s Medicare members during UCare’s fifth annual “Salute to Excellence!” event on Tuesday evening, June 18. The event honored outstanding performances by 24 clinics and care systems that participated in UCare’s 2012 Pay for Performance Program (P4P).

The Salute to Excellence! event at the University of Minnesota’s McNamara Alumni Center included a reception, dinner, and award program. Nancy Feldman, President and CEO, UCare, and Dr. Russ Kuzel, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, recognized Ridgeview Clinics for providing top-quality health care to UCare’s Medicare members.

UCare’s P4P program provides financial incentives and recognition to provider groups that improve clinical outcomes for UCare members of MinnesotaCare and Prepaid Medical Assistance Program (PMAP), UCare’s Minnesota Senior Health Options (UCare’s MSHO), and members of UCare’s UCare for Seniors Medicare Advantage plan in Minnesota and western Wisconsin. UCare analyzes patient care claims and processed lab tests to determine P4P reward recipients.

“UCare greatly values the high-quality health care delivered by Ridgeview Clinics medical professionals to UCare members,” said Nancy Feldman. “Our longtime Pay for Performance Program recognizes clinics and care systems for outstanding work based on measureable quality-of-health criteria tied to early detection, preventive care, and care for people with chronic conditions. Our new Culturally Competent Care Award honors providers striving to increase the effectiveness of the care they provide to our increasingly diverse membership.

Feldman said UCare’s success in encouraging quality and effective health care for members through the P4P program is reflected in UCare’s Medicare Star Ratings in 2012 of 4.5 stars out of 5 for the UCare for Seniors Medicare product. The federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) created the Star Ratings System to help Medicare beneficiaries assess and compare health plans based on a broad array of clinical, quality, patient experience, customer satisfaction, and other beneficiary experience area measures.

UCare’s P4P criteria are selected to improve preventive care, identify health issues through screenings for various health risks and conditions, and achieve improved outcomes for chronic conditions such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Measures are based on specifications from the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS), Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS), the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI), and MN Community Measurement (MNCM).

About Ridgeview Clinics
Ridgeview Clinics are part of Ridgeview Medical Center, an independent, regional health care network serving the west-metro area. Ridgeview’s award-winning network includes the Waconia-based acute care hospital, numerous primary and specialty care clinics, emergency services, specialty programs and Two Twelve Medical Center in Chaska.
With seven clinic locations, Ridgeview Clinics primary care physicians are experts in caring for the full spectrum of health issues in patients of all ages, including annual examinations, vaccinations, injuries and illnesses. The Ridgeview network includes specialists in audiology, dermatology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, nephrology, oncology/hematology, otolaryngology (ENT), pediatric integrative medicine, podiatry, pulmonology and rheumatology. For information, visit www.ridgeviewmedical.org.

About UCare
UCare (www.ucare.org) is an independent, nonprofit health plan providing health care and administrative services to more than 300,000 members. UCare partners with health care providers, counties, community organizations, and other member-directed groups to create and deliver innovative health coverage plans for:
• Medicare-eligible individuals throughout Minnesota and in western Wisconsin.
• Individuals and families enrolled in income-based Minnesota Health Care Programs, such as MinnesotaCare and Prepaid Medical Assistance Program.
• Adults with disabilities.
• Minnesotans dually eligible for Medical Assistance and Medicare.

UCare addresses health care disparities and care access issues through its UCare Fund grants and a broad array of community initiatives. The health plan received Top 100 Workplaces honors from the Star Tribune in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013.