Sunday, October 26, 2014 · 5:31 a.m.

Dr. Dabney James, Parkridge Medical Group earn HealthSpring quality awards

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A Parkridge Medical Group Diagnostic Center doctor was recently recognized by Medicare Advantage insurer HealthSpring for achieving the highest possible quality compliance score and the highest score of any physician participant in the company's Partnership 4 Quality initiative. 

Dr. Dabney James received these top honors for P4Q, which is a physician-designed program that focuses on keeping patients healthy and improving their quality of life by providing highly personalized preventive care. 

The Parkridge Medical Group practices also received high-performer recognition from HealthSpring for reaching P4Q quality benchmarks.

“The P4Q program revolutionizes the patient experience by empowering physicians and coordinating care across all levels,” Steve Burdette, provider and network administrator for HealthSpring, said in a prepared statement.

The program uses electronic records to track quality measures, such as preventive screenings and vaccines. P4Q rewards doctors for quality treatment of patients and provides support resources, like extra in-office nurses. 

Participation in the program is voluntary and reflects a doctor's commitment to providing outstanding care to his or her patients, officials said. 

Parkridge Medical Group is one of three practices in Tennessee that have achieved high-performer status in the P4Q program, officials said. This marks the second consecutive year that a Parkridge Medical Group physician has received top honors for high performance in achieving quality metrics.

HealthSpring officials said that since the launch of the P4Q program in 2006, participating physicians and their patients have reported dramatically improved clinical quality measures and increased satisfaction.

“HealthSpring strives to serve both its members and partnering physicians, and the P4Q program meets that objective by fostering a better health care delivery environment so that everyone benefits,” Burdette said.

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