Physicians who demonstrate exemplary clinical performance in caring for patients with heart disease or stroke will be recognized and singled out for possible referrals under a program launched by the National Committee for Quality Assurance and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. To earn the recognition, physicians and medical groups must submit data in areas of care identified as important to heart and stroke patients, such as blood-pressure control, cholesterol screening and control, and use of aspirin or other blood-thinning agents. Doctors and groups meeting or exceeding the performance thresholds will be featured on a section of the NCQA Web site and on the online directories of health plans such as Aetna, Cigna HealthCare and UnitedHealthcare. The program is modeled after another NCQA-sponsored initiative that recognizes excellence in care for patients with diabetes. More information on both programs is available on the NCQA Web site. -- by John Morrissey
NCQA program to honor exemplary doctors
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