Rockford Clinic honored for quality care

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) and the American Diabetes Association (ADA) recently awarded the Internal Medicine, Family Practice and Adult Endocrinology Departments at Rockford Clinic with three-year recognition from the Diabetes Physician Recognition Program for providing quality care to patients with diabetes. Rockford Clinic is the only clinic in northern Illinois to receive the recognition.

The Diabetes Physician Recognition Program was designed to improve the quality of care that patients receive by recognizing physicians who deliver quality diabetes care, and by motivating other physicians to document and improve their delivery of diabetes care. To receive recognition, Rockford Clinic submitted data that demonstrates performance that meets the Program’s key diabetes care measures. These measures include eye exams, blood pressure tests, nutrition therapy and patient satisfaction, among others. 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.

“In this era of cost-consciousness, it is important to recognize physicians who are providing quality care for their patients with diabetes,” said Eugene J. Barrett, M.D., Ph.D., president, American Diabetes Association. “We hope that all physicians who care for people with diabetes will see the importance of tracking their patient care and meeting the quality measures of the Diabetes Physician Recognition Program to help prevent or delay the devastating complications associated with this chronic disease.”

Diabetes is a serious disease that affects the body’s ability to produce or respond properly to insulin, a hormone that allows blood sugar to enter the cells of the body and be used for energy. An estimated 16 million Americans have diabetes; it is the sixth-leading cause of death by disease in the U.S. and it has no cure.

Rockford Health System includes: Rockford Memorial Hospital, Rockford Clinic, Van Matre Health South Rehabilitation Hospital, Visiting Nurses Association and the Rockford Memorial Development Foundation.

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