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Aurora physicians receive national recognition for providing quality diabetes care

Monday, March 10, 2008

Prestigious national honor now includes 62 Aurora Medical Group physicians

More than 60 Aurora physicians have received recognition from the Diabetes Physician Recognition Program for providing quality care to their patients with diabetes. The national recognition comes from the National Committee for Quality Assurance and the American Diabetes Association.

Aurora is among the national leaders in terms of number of physicians who have achieved this level of recognition for their diabetes care.

The Diabetes Physician Recognition Program is designed to improve the quality of care that patients with diabetes receive by recognizing physicians who deliver quality diabetes care, and by motivating other physicians to document and improve their delivery of diabetes care.

"The National Committee for Quality Assurance recognition demonstrates our physician's willingness to take the steps needed to ensure excellent care. This excellent care includes identifying appropriate patients, collecting and recording the right data, and following a system of care to assure that the best care is performed each and every time.," said Bruce Van Cleave, MD, Aurora chief medical officer. "It is a way to help ensure that our diabetes patients receive better access, better service and better results than they can get anywhere else," he added.

To receive the recognition, which is valid for three years, Aurora physicians submitted data that demonstrates performance meeting key diabetes care measures. These measures include careful control of blood sugar, cholesterol, and blood pressure, and regular performance of diabetic eye and feet exams. When people with diabetes receive quality care as outlined by these measures, they are less likely to suffer complications such as heart attacks, stroke, blindness, kidney disease and amputations.

"For a person with diabetes, the right physician can make the difference between living with diabetes as opposed to suffering from diabetes," said Larry C. Deeb, MD, President of medicine and science at the American Diabetes Association.

See the list of doctors

About the National Committee for Quality Assurance

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations and recognizes physicians in key clinical areas. NCQA's Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set is the most widely used performance measurement tool in health care. NCQA is committed to providing health care quality information through the Web, media and data licensing agreements in order to help consumers, employers and others make more informed health care choices.

About the American Diabetes Association

The American Diabetes Association is the nation's leading voluntary health organization supporting diabetes research, information and advocacy. Founded in 1940, the Association has offices in every region of the country, providing services to more than 800 communities.

About Aurora Health Care

Aurora Health Care is a not-for-profit Wisconsin health care provider and a nationally recognized leader in efforts to improve the quality of health care. Aurora offers services at sites in more than 90 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin.

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Contact: Ron Irwin (414-647-3405)

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