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Doctors Receive National Recognition for Providing Quality Diabetes Care


June 30, 2008...The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) and the American Diabetes Association (ADA) recently recognized family practitioners Anthony McCormack, M.D, Timothy Miller, M.D., Kristin Newcome, M.D., and Brian Yocks, M.D., with recognition from the Diabetes Physician Recognition Program for providing quality care to their patients with diabetes.

The Diabetes Physician Recognition Program was 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. To receive recognition, which is valid for three years, Drs. McCormack, Newcome & Yocks submitted data demonstrating performance that meets the Program’s key diabetes care measures. These measures include eye exams, blood pressure monitoring, nutrition therapy and patient satisfaction. When diabetics receive quality care 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 John Buse, M.D., Ph.D., President, Medicine & Science, American Diabetes Association. “Physicians who earn recognition through the Diabetes Physician Recognition Program have an established track record of providing excellent diabetes care. The list of recognized doctors is the first place to look if you or a loved one has been diagnosed with diabetes.”

To find out if your physician has been recognized by the Diabetes Physician Recognition Program or for further information, please visit NCQA or call 202-955-1721.

Diabetes is a 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. It is estimated that 16 million people in America have diabetes.

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 (HEDIS) 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.

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.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. McCormack, call 428-4180; Dr. Miller, call 876-5220; Dr. Newcome, call 876-5250; or Dr. Yocks, call 876-5270.