Arch Health Partners Receives Excellence in Healthcare Award

Arch Health Partners Only Medical Group in North County to
Receive Excellence in Healthcare Award

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Poway, Calif., Nov. 19, 2014 – Arch Health Partners is proud to be recognized as one of only eleven medical groups out of more than 200 groups in California to receive the first annual Excellence in Healthcare Award from the Integrated Healthcare Association (IHA). This award recognizes Arch Health Partners for ensuring our patients receive high quality, evidence-based care while demonstrating success in controlling costs. The Excellence in Healthcare Award is a distinct departure from the past eleven years of IHA pay for performance awards based on quality and patient experience only.

To earn this recognition, Arch Health Partners’ performance ranked in the top 50% of organizations for each of three domains: clinical quality, patient experience and total cost of care. This honor is based on the IHA statewide Value Based Pay for Performance (P4P) program results for measurement year 2013.

“It takes team effort and dedication to receive these quality awards. Our entire care team deserves credit,” says Scott Flinn, M.D., Medical Director, Arch Health Partners. “The Excellence in Healthcare Award not only recognizes the excellent care and service we provide to our patients, but our organizational commitment to continually reduce costs has also been affirmed.”

The Value Based P4P program is a successful statewide collaboration that encompasses uniform performance measures, aggregated data collection and validation, a trusted governance process, and a single public report card for physician groups in California. Over the life of the program, steady, incremental performance improvements have been achieved in the quality of healthcare delivered by P4P participants. However, the dramatic increase in California’s healthcare costs over the past decade necessitates an increased focus on affordability. The ongoing efforts of Arch Health Partners to meet and exceed national quality and patient safety standards has been recognized consistently since the medical group was formed in 2010.

Other awards received include:

Integrated Healthcare Association (IHA)

  • 4 ½ Stars on 2014 Physician Group Clinical Care Report Card (Medicare Stars Clinical Quality Measures)
  • Top Performing Medical Group 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009
  • Most Improved Medical Group 2012, 2009

California Association of Physician Groups (CAPG)

  • Standards of Excellence Elite Status – 2014, 2012, 2011
  • Standards of Excellence Exemplary Status – 2010, 2009

Department of Managed Health Care – Right Care Initiative

  • Silver Performance Award, 2012
  • Gold Performance Award, 2011

About Arch Health Partners (AHP)
Arch Health Partners is a multi-specialty physician group affiliated with Palomar Health, with over 100 providers at eight locations including Poway, Ramona, San Marcos, Escondido, Rancho Peñasquitos and 4S Ranch. Services include heart and vascular care, dermatology, otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat), family medicine, gastroenterology, internal medicine, ophthalmology, orthopedics, pediatrics, physical therapy, audiology, radiology services and urgent care.

About the Integrated Healthcare Association (IHA)
IHA is a nonprofit statewide leadership group that promotes quality improvement, accountability, and affordability of healthcare in California. The IHA Value Based P4P program includes ten health plans and over 200 medical organizations representing approximately 35,000 physicians providing care for 9 million members. For more information: www.IHA.org.

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