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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Originally published 10:22 a.m., October 12, 2013 Updated 10:22 a.m., October 10, 2013

SANSUM CLINIC RECEIVES INTEGRATED HEALTHCARE ASSOCIATION AWARD

Sansum Clinic was recently honored at the 2013 Annual Pay for Performance (P4P) Stakeholders Meeting as Most Improved by the Integrated Healthcare Association.


Marjorie Newman, MD, Assistant Medical Director of Sansum Clinic (center) with Dolores and Susan Bangasser.

Sansum Clinic was recently honored at the 2013 Annual Pay for Performance (P4P) Stakeholders Meeting as Most Improved by the Integrated Healthcare Association. The Integrated Healthcare Association (IHA) is a statewide leadership group that promotes quality improvement, accountability, and affordability of healthcare in California. The P4P program is the largest non-governmental physician incentive program in the United States, which measures and promotes improved quality among healthcare providers in California.

Out of nearly 200 physician organizations, the 45 top performers achieved the highest overall benchmark for quality in 2012 based on the IHA statewide P4P program measures. In addition to celebrating the top performers, IHA honored the physician organizations that demonstrated the most quality improvement from 2011 to 2012, which included Sansum Clinic.

Awards are based on performance in three P4P quality measurement areas: meaningful use of health information technology, patient experience and clinical measures that include priority conditions such as cardiovascular, diabetes, musculoskeletal, respiratory and prevention.

As a Most Improved award winner, Sansum Clinic’s scores had improved the most over the previous year and as such were recognized with the Ronald P. Bangasser, MD, Memorial Award for Quality Improvement.

“Our organization is always striving to provide our patients with the highest quality healthcare, along with an enhanced patient experience,” said Marjorie Newman, MD, Assistant Medical Director of Sansum Clinic. “This award helps to recognize all of the hard work and excellent care that our staff and clinicians provide each day to make Sansum Clinic excel.”

About Sansum Clinic

Since its founding in 1921, Sansum Clinic has been improving the overall health of our patients by providing the latest innovations in equipment, technology, procedures and treatments. Sansum Clinic is the largest independent nonprofit healthcare organization between the Los Angeles Basin and the San Francisco Bay Area. With more than 180 affiliated physicians, Sansum Clinic provides the full spectrum of healthcare services, from primary care to more than 30 specialties. Sansum Clinic serves more than 150,000 patients (600,000 visits) annually at our 23 patient care facilities in south Santa Barbara County. Sansum Clinic can be found online at www.sansumclinic.org

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 and nearly 200 physician organizations representing approximately 35,000 physicians providing care for about 9 million members. For more information, please visit:www.IHA.org.

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