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2008 Press Releases
Morton Plant Mease Primary Care, Inc. Receives National Recognition

CLEARWATER, Fla., (October 14, 2008) - The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) through the Diabetes Physician Recognition Program (DPRP) has recognized Morton Plant Mease Primary Care, Inc (MPMPC) for its diabetes care. This recognition acknowledges that MPMPC’s team of 80 primary care physicians is part of an elite group, skilled in providing the highest level of diabetes care.

“This distinguished honor is the result of an extensive effort by our physicians to provide the highest level of care to our diabetic patients. We do this by following strict clinical protocols established by the American Diabetes Association and work diligently each day to ensure that appropriate, individualized care is given to patients with diabetes,” said Stephen H. Jacobs, M.D., F.A.C.P., president and chief executive office, Morton Plant Mease Primary Care, Inc.

To be honored by the Diabetes Physician Recognition Program, physicians submit performance data on diabetes care including eye exams, blood pressure tests, glucose levels and cholesterol control, among others. According to the American Diabetes Association, more than 23 million Americans, or 8 percent of the U.S. population, have diabetes. Diabetes patients who receive care in accordance with DPRP guidelines are less likely to suffer diabetes related complications such as heart attacks, stroke, blindness, kidney disease and amputations.

The Diabetes Physician Recognition Program is voluntary and was created in 1997 through a partnership between the National Committee for Quality Assurance and the American Diabetes Association. More than 4,300 physicians currently hold NCQA Recognition for high quality diabetes care. 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. 

About Morton Plant Mease Primary Care, Inc

Morton Plant Mease Primary Care, Inc. (MPMPC) is a subsidiary of Morton Plant Mease Health Care and is comprised of 80 primary care physicians in more than 40 individual office locations in Pinellas, Pasco, and Hillsborough Counties. All MPMPC physicians must be board certified in family practice, internal medicine and/or pediatrics and are reviewed annually for compliance with multiple clinical quality protocols as established by the group’s Patient Quality and Safety Committee. MPMPC has also achieved patient satisfaction levels in the 99th percentile of all Press Ganey surveyed Integrated Delivery Systems. MPMPC physicians serve the health care needs of more than 15,000 diabetic patients and work closely with the Morton Plant Mease Center for Diabetes to provide patients with education services and specialty care to prevent or slow complications from this disease including blindness, kidney failure and heart disease.

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Nationally recognized for health care excellence, Morton Plant Mease Health Care is dedicated to providing community owned health care services that set the standard for high-quality, compassionate care. Morton Plant Mease Health Care is comprised of the following hospitals – Morton Plant, Clearwater; Mease Dunedin, Dunedin; Mease Countryside, Safety Harbor and Morton Plant North Bay, New Port Richey.

Contact: Amy Morrow (727) 461-8538 Phone or (727) 402-5975 Pager