St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group and Mission Heritage Medical Group Recognized
for Top Performance in Delivering High-Quality, Patient-Centered, Affordable Care
Two St. Joseph Health physician organizations have accomplished the equivalent
of a triple-play worthy of the baseball playoffs. For simultaneously attaining
top marks in three domains of health care performance—clinical quality,
patient experience, and cost,
St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group and
Mission Heritage Medical Group have both been honored with a 2016 Excellence in Healthcare Award from
the Integrated Healthcare Association (IHA).
It takes a trifecta of extraordinary performance in each of those three
domains to win an Excellence in Healthcare Award, and it is an honor earned
by fewer than 1 in 5 California physician organizations. The award is
the highest level of achievement from IHA, an Oakland-based leadership
group that promotes quality improvement and affordability in healthcare
For patients, awards like these are a valuable way to compare health care
providers. Patients should expect that the medical groups their doctors
belong to provide superior care in every service line and during all phases
of the patient experience. Choosing a health care network with distinguished
physicians and highly-honored medical groups is one of the ways to ensure
that you’ll receive outstanding, patient-focused care.
“Earning the Excellence in Healthcare Award is tangible affirmation
of St. Joseph Health’s leadership in building healthier populations
throughout the state,” said Kevin Manemann, President & CEO
of St. Joseph Heritage HeaIthcare (Heritage). The award-winning medical
groups are part of Heritage and St. Joseph Health. “It is an honor
and a remarkable distinction for two of our physician organizations to
be designated this elite award in the same year.”
To be eligible for the award, participating physician organizations must
meet stringent judging standards under the IHA’s Value Based Pay
for Performance (VBP4P) program. St. Joseph Heritage and Mission Heritage
medical groups each surpassed rigorous performance thresholds in the three
crucial areas evaluated: (1) clinical quality; (2) patient experience;
and (3) total cost of care.
Out of more than 200 participating physician organizations throughout California,
only 34 were honored with the award.
If all participating physician groups performed at the same level as the
Excellence in Healthcare Award winners, according to the IHA:
- More than 41,000 California patients with diabetes would have their blood
sugar controlled, helping to lower their risk of adverse health outcomes.
- More than 290,000 California patients would rate their overall care quality
a 9 or a 10, with 10 the highest score.
- Health care savings would be about $3.9 billion a year—or about $440
less spending on average per enrollee annually.
The awards were presented on Sept. 23 at IHA’s annual stakeholder meeting.
Health Care Awards Provide Value to Patients