UCare honors Riverwood clinics with quality award

Dan Schletty, Rivewood wellness coach, accepts award from UCare, Dr. Russ Kuzel & Nancy Feldman

Dan Schletty, Rivewood wellness coach, accepts award from UCare, Dr. Russ Kuzel & Nancy Feldman

UCare honored Riverwood Healthcare Center clinics for delivering high quality care to UCare’s Medicaid members at its seventh annual “A Salute to Excellence!” event the first week in June. UCare recognized 19 clinics and care systems either for earning quality excellence awards in the 2014 Pay for Performance (P4P) programs or for going the extra mile to deliver culturally responsible health services to UCare members and to reduce barriers to care for people with disabilities.

Nancy Feldman, president and CEO of UCare, and Dr. Russ Kuzel, senior vice president and chief medical officer, honored guests representing top-performing health care organizations that provide care and services to UCare’s Medicare and Minnesota Health Care Program members.

“On behalf of Riverwood, we are very honored to receive this recognition for the outstanding care delivered in our clinics in Aitkin, Garrison and McGregor,” says Jon Rauen, clinic administrator for Riverwood. “Patient wellness and disease prevention continues to be a core value, and Riverwood is fortunate to have a team of providers, clinical and nonclinical staff, and wellness coaches and coordinators who all work together to provide highest quality of care and service to all our patients.”

UCare’s P4P program recognizes improved clinical outcomes for UCare members of MinnesotaCare and Prepaid Medical Assistance Program, UCare Connect, UCare’s Minnesota Senior Health Options and for members of UCare’s UCare for Seniors Medicare Advantage plan in Minnesota and western Wisconsin. UCare analyzes patient care claims to determine P4P award recipients.

“Quality is one of UCare’s key values,” Dr. Kuzel said. “We greatly value the high quality care Riverwood’s clinics deliver every day and are please to honor their outstanding efforts to help our members of all ages and cultures get and stay well.”

UCare’s p4P criteria are selected to improve preventive care, identify health issues through screenings for various health risks and conditions and achieve improved outcomes for chronic conditions such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Measures are based on specifications from the Minnesota Department of Human Services, Minnesota Department of Health, the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set, the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement and the Minnesota Community Measurement.