Both Mercy Medical Group and Woodland Clinic Medical Group have been awarded Elite Status from America's Physician Groups (APG), the nation's leading professional association for accountable physician groups. Mercy Medical Group and Woodland Clinic Medical Group are two of just 87 organizations nationally to achieve Elite Status (the highest recognition) in 2018.
Elite Status is earned through participation in APG's Standards of Excellence Survey, which analyzes physician groups' performances in improving patient experience, clinical care and affordability of care.
"The success of Mercy Medical Group and Woodland Clinic Medical Group is directly attributed their continued focus on providing high quality, affordable care," said Mark Behl, CEO of Dignity Health Medical Foundation. "We're honored to receive this recognition and it validates that we're doing the right things when it comes to delivering the best patient-centered and coordinated care available."
APG’s membership currently includes more than 300 medical groups and independent practice associations (IPAs) across 43 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. To achieve Elite Status, organizations must receive five-star ratings in six publicly reported domains: Care Management Practices, Information Technology, Accountability and Transparency, Patient-Centered Care, Group Support of Advanced Primary Care and Administrative and Financial Capability. This year the achievement thresholds were raised and additional areas were added to the evaluation process.
This is the sixth year in a row that both medical groups receive APG recognition. Mercy Medical Group previously received Excellent Status in 2013 and has received Elite Status every year since 2014. Woodland Clinic Medical Group has received Elite Status every year since 2013.
“Mercy Medical Group is honored to be awarded Elite Status for our work to exceed national standards when it comes to quality, patient experience, and affordability,” said Alan J. Shatzel, DO, CEO of Mercy Medical Group, Inc.
“Woodland Clinic Medical Group is proud to receive the highest ranking in the APG survey for the sixth year in a row,” said Karen Hopp, MD, President of Woodland Clinic Medical Group. “We strive to provide exceptional and affordable patient care in the communities we serve and this honor reflects that commitment.”
Pictured: Dr. Antonio "Ben" Balatbat, Chief Medical Officer for Mercy Medical Group, and Dr. Carol Kimball, Chief Administrative Officer for Woodland Clinic Medical Group