NMHS Providers Earn National Diabetes Recognition-Tupelo
TUPELO, Miss.— Thirteen Tupelo health care providers were among 40 of those affiliated with North Mississippi Health Services who have been recognized for providing quality care to diabetes patients by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).
Bonnie Basler, M.D., and Julie Palmer, D.O., of West Tupelo Medical Clinic; Brad Crosswhite, M.D., Frank Fortenberry, M.D., Ken Harvey, M.D., Dustin Markle, M.D., Amit Prasad, M.D., Vernon Rayford, M.D., Daryl Schroader, M.D., and Melanie Wallace, M.D., of IMA-Tupelo; Barry Jones, M.D., of Barnes Crossing Medical Clinic; Billy Walton, D.O., of South Madison Medical Clinic; and Leslie Hale, CFNP, North Mississippi Medical Clinics, were among those receiving recognition from the NCQA.
The NCQA Diabetes Recognition Program is a voluntary effort to identify clinicians who provide diabetes care consistent with the comprehensive diabetes care measures within the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®).
The Diabetes Recognition Program includes measures for HbA1c control, blood pressure control, eye examinations, nephropathy assessment, smoking/tobacco cessation advice or treatment. When people with diabetes receive quality care as outlined by these measures, they are less likely to suffer complications such as heart attacks, stroke, blindness, kidney disease and amputations.
“For a person with diabetes, the right clinician can make the difference between living with diabetes as opposed to suffering from diabetes,” said Margaret E. O’Kane, president, National Committee for Quality Assurance. “By earning recognition, these providers have demonstrated that they provide effective, evidence-based care to patients with diabetes.”
For appointment information, call 1-800-THE DESK (1-800-843-3375). For a list of physicians recognized by the Diabetes Physician Recognition Program or for more information, visit www.ncqa.org.