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California Physician Groups Recognized by Integrated Healthcare Association (IHA)
Date:10/4/2007

OAKLAND, Calif., Oct. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- The Integrated Healthcare Association (IHA) presented two sets of performance awards to physician groups in California at its annual Pay for Performance (P4P) Stakeholders Meeting yesterday. California's 47 most outstanding physician groups were honored for demonstrating top performance overall on important health care quality measures, including preventive care and chronic care management, patient satisfaction, and use of information technology to support safer care.

Additionally, the IHA is presenting the first annual "Ronald P. Bangasser, MD, Memorial Award for Quality Improvement" to physician groups that showed the most significant year-over-year improvement on P4P performance measures from 2005-2006. Dr. Bangasser, who passed away from cancer earlier this year, was a family physician and the vice-chairman of the Board of Beaver Medical Group. He was president of the California Medical Association from 2003-2004 and served on numerous high profile state and national quality committees and boards. He also chaired the IHA P4P Technical Quality Committee. (Additional details on Dr. Bangasser's life and work are available in a CMA press release.)

"Ron contributed immeasurably to improving health care quality in California and the nation. His compassion for patients carried over into his passion for leading efforts to improve the medical profession's commitment to better performance and patient safety," said Alan Glaseroff, MD, Chief Medical Officer of Humboldt-Del Norte IPA and the new Chair of the IHA P4P Technical Quality Committee. "I admired Ron and his dedication to our profession. This award is a small way to thank him and his family for all he did and for the difference that he made."

How Award Winners Were Determined

An overall performance score was used to determine award winners. For each physician group, composite scores in each of the three P4P measurement domains were calculated and
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