20 Hutchinson Clinic Physicians Recognized for Excellence in Diabetes Care

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The Hutchinson Clinic announces that 20 of its primary care physicians have qualified for the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)’s Diabetes Recognition Program (DRP). The NCQA recognized 41 clinicians in Kansas — 20 of whom are with the Hutchinson Clinic.

Our physicians’ recognition by the NCQA in diabetes care demonstrates our commitment to providing quality care that improves outcomes, benefiting both the patient and economy, David Richman, M.D., medical director

The Hutchinson Clinic announces that 20 of its primary care physicians have qualified for the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)’s Diabetes Recognition Program (DRP).

The NCQA is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. Its DRP recognizes clinicians who have met standards demonstrating delivery of high-quality care to patients with diabetes. The program consists of eleven clinical measures of best practices based on scientific evidence, such as control of HbA1c, blood pressure and LDL levels, eye examinations and nephropathy assessment, as well as smoking and tobacco use and cessation advice or treatment.

The NCQA recognized 41 clinicians in Kansas — 20 of whom are with the Hutchinson Clinic. For a complete list of DRP-qualified physicians, go to http://recognition.ncqa.org/PSearchResults.aspx?state=KS&rp=3.

“Our physicians’ recognition by the NCQA in diabetes care demonstrates our commitment to providing quality care that improves outcomes, benefiting both the patient and economy,” said David Richman, M.D., medical director and co-chair of the Clinical Quality Improvement Committee. “By recognizing the signs and symptoms of diabetes early on, we can help decrease the incidence of diabetes-related complications and increase the quality of life for our patients.”
Complications of diabetes include heart disease, hypertension, blindness, kidney disease, neuropathy and amputation. Reno County has a higher rate of adult diabetes (12 percent) compared with statewide statistics (8.4 percent) and national statistics (8.3 percent) — another reason for Hutchinson-area physicians to take a proactive approach to preventing and treating diabetes.*

The Hutchinson Clinic offers a diabetes education program that helps participants reach their diabetes management goals. The clinic’s multidisciplinary team of diabetes experts works together to develop a plan tailored to patients, helping them reach their diabetes management goals. Important aspects of the plan include nutrition, exercise, stress management, foot care and eye care.

*http://kansasdiabetesactioncouncil.org/system/resources/0000/0288/DiabetesBurdenReport.pdf. Retrieved 4-11-13.

About the Hutchinson Clinic

The Hutchinson Clinic is a team of 70+ physicians with 600+ health care professionals located in Central Kansas. This team has as their goal the highest possible standard of comprehensive medical and surgical care under the same roof. Representing the major specialties of medicine, the Clinic physicians are able to bring their cumulative training and experience to each patient’s needs. For more information, visit hutchclinic.com.

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