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St. Joseph Heritage Healthcare Medical Groups Recognized as Top Performers

Orange, Calif., Oct. 9, 2012 – St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group and St. Jude Heritage Medical Group were recently recognized by the Integrated Healthcare Association (IHA) as being "top performers" in Southern California. Out of nearly 200 physician organizations throughout California, only 47 achieved this designation by meeting the highest overall benchmark for quality in 2011 based on IHA statewide Pay for Performance (P4P) program measures.

The top performers were recognized based on three areas of P4P quality measurement: meaningful use of health IT, patient experience and clinical measures that include priority conditions such as cardiovascular, diabetes, musculoskeletal, respiratory and prevention.

"We are extremely proud that two of our physician groups were recognized as being among the top medical groups in the state," said Kevin Manemann, Regional Chief Operating Officer for St. Joseph Heritage Healthcare. "This achievement speaks to the excellent quality of care our patients receive every day by our talented physicians and support staff."

St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group was one of four physician groups to be recognized not only as a top performer, but also with the "Ronald P. Bangasser, MD, Memorial Award for Quality Improvement" for having the most improved composite scores over the past year.

About St. Joseph Heritage Healthcare
Part of SJH, St. Joseph Heritage Healthcare (SJHH) includes seven medical groups in California, four of which are in Southern California. In addition to our medical groups, SJHH supports three distinct affiliated physician networks throughout the region. Combined, they provide Orange County residents access to more than 350 primary care physicians and more than 700 physicians in virtually every specialty. SJHH medical groups and affiliated physicians have received top honors from various organizations, including the Orange County Medical Association for Physicians of Excellence and the Integrated Healthcare Association with distinction in clinical quality.

About the Integrated Healthcare Association (IHA)

IHA is a statewide leadership group that promotes quality improvement, accountability, and affordability of healthcare in California. The IHA P4P program is the largest non-governmental physician incentive program in the U.S. and includes eight health plans (including Kaiser Permanente for reporting only) and nearly 200 medical organizations representing approximately 35,000 physicians providing care for about 10 million members. Other IHA programs include: value-based purchasing of medical devices, bundled episode of care payments, the measurement and reward of healthcare efficiency, healthcare affordability, administrative simplification, and accountable care organizations. For more information, please visit: http://www.iha.org/

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