PacMed Recognized as Top Healthcare Provider, Puget Sound

Pacific Medical Centers (PacMed), with nine clinic locations in the greater Puget Sound area, has been ranked as one of the region’s top healthcare providers in the Washington Health Alliance’s 2013 Community Checkup. PacMed was the leader among medical groups of its size, with each of its Checkup measurements ranking in the “at regional average” and “above regional average” categories.

“The Washington Health Alliance Community Checkup provides medical groups a report card of their quality performance for the year. We are pleased with another year of strong scores,” said Dr. Vik Dabhi, chief medical officer at PacMed. “Our quality scores reflect attention to standards of care and patient engagement. PacMed will continue to emphasize and channel energy and resources to improving patient health. This is our commitment to the community.”

The annual Community Checkup report measures the quality of care provided by Puget Sound medical groups and clinics in an effort to improve healthcare quality and affordability in the region. At the medical group level, 21 measures are reported, including routine quality checks for diabetes care (which consists of cholesterol testing, blood sugar testing, eye exams and kidney disease screening); the use of appropriate medication to control asthma; the fill rate of generic drugs for treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder; and prevention measures including screening for breast cancer, cervical cancer and Chlamydia, to name a few. Each measure must have 160 patients in that specific category to be publicly reported.

For each publically reported measure, healthcare providers are rated as above, at or below the regional average. Of the 16 measures on which PacMed was evaluated, seven measures were “above the regional average” and nine were “at regional average.” PacMed did not receive any measurements in the “below regional average” category.

“At PacMed, we hold ourselves to a high standard, and we want to change the way healthcare is organized, delivered and paid for in order to help our communities live healthier lives,” said Harvey Smith, president and CEO of PacMed. “The results of this year’s Community Checkup once again demonstrate PacMed’s commitment to working closely with our patients to manage their healthcare responsibly. We are again honored to be recognized for our efforts by the Washington Health Alliance.”

The results in the Community Checkup are based on the care that some 2 million people living in the Puget Sound region received from their medical groups from July 2011 to June 2012. The report includes results for 85 medical groups, 305 clinics of four or more clinicians as well as 30 hospitals within King, Kitsap, Pierce, Snohomish and Thurston counties. Both Medicaid and commercially insured patients are included. This year, for the first time, the report also included ambulatory measures for all 39 counties in Washington State, an important step in expanding the study of quality care throughout the state. To view results for all measures included in the Community Checkup see www.WACommunityCheckup.org.

The Washington Health Alliance

The Washington Health Alliance (formerly the Puget Sound Health Alliance) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization where the people who give, get and pay for healthcare work together to improve healthcare quality and value in Washington State. Alliance participants collaborate to help drive transformation in the healthcare system to improve the lives of all Washingtonians. A cornerstone of the Alliance work is the Community Checkup, a regional report to the public comparing the performance of clinics and hospitals for basic measures of quality care across Washington State.