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Boone County Family Medicine Receives Award

August 30, 2016

UnitedHealthcare recently recognized more than 20 care providers in Iowa, including Boone County Family Medicine, Boone, with the 2015 UnitedHealthcare PATH Excellence in Patient Service Awards for their commitment to improving health outcomes for people enrolled in its Medicare Advantage plans.

Each of these care providers earned nearly $1.7 million in quality of care bonus payments for achieving performance metrics in the UnitedHealthcare PATH Program and successfully addressing care opportunities when treating nearly 12,000 of UnitedHealthcare's Medicare Advantage members in Iowa.  They are among more than 1,900 care providers nationwide who received the award and earned more than $148 million in quality of care bonus payments.
UnitedHealthcare created the PATH program to help people enrolled in its Medicare Advantage plans be as healthy as possible by encouraging greater use of preventive health care services and proactive monitoring of chronic conditions.   
Examples of the quality measures used to evaluate care providers’ performance in the 2015 PATH program include:
  • The percentages of eligible UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage members who received a breast cancer screening or colorectal cancer screening;
  • The percentage of members with diabetes who received an eye exam; and,
  • The percentage of members who received advice from their doctor to maintain or enhance their level of physical activity.

“The care providers in Iowa who earned a PATH Excellence in Patient Service Award deserve recognition for their commitment to improving our plan participants’ health and well-being,” said Efrem Castillo, M.D., chief medical officer of UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement.  “These awards are one of the ways we are supporting the transition to a value-based health care system that rewards physicians for the quality of care they deliver to the people we serve.”

Pictured, left to right:  Angi Ellsworth, BCFM Clinic Manager, Cindy Hickle, BCFM Health Coach, and Meredith Cunningham, Practice Performance Manager, United Healthcare

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