The Integrated Healthcare Association (IHA) has identified Southern and Northern California’s top performing physician organizations, based on their care, patient satisfaction and investment in information technologies that support quality care. Scripps Mercy Medical Group in San Diego was named one of the top three in San Diego, and one of 10 in Southern California.
“This designation truly demonstrates our commitment to quality, unparalleled patient care,” said Kevin Hirsch, M.D., president of Scripps Mercy Medical Group. “I commend our physicians and entire staff on their excellent work.”
To earn selection, a physician group had to demonstrate that it met criteria in three categories: clinical, patient experience and the use of information technology. All top performing groups received the maximum rating for qualifying information technology activities, including the use of clinical data to manage patient populations and technology to support physician decision-making during patient interactions.
“These groups, operating in an organized and integrated model, have distinguished themselves and raised the bar for other physician practices in California,” said Don Crane, president and CEO of the California Association of Physician Groups. “By investing in information technologies that improve care and physician decision-making, they are better able to deliver preventive and chronic care services to their patients, who are clearly satisfied with the care they are receiving.”
The best performing medical groups were selected from among 225 participating in the Pay for Performance (P4P) program. Last July, IHA released its second complete annual statewide P4P program report covering the performance of over 35,000 physicians in these California physician organizations.
Earlier this year, Scripps Mercy Medical Group (SMMG) – affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital – was selected as the number one medical group in San Diego for the fourth consecutive year. Receiving an overall “excellent” rating from the California Cooperative Healthcare Reporting Initiative (CCHRI) in its fourth annual survey, SMMG was commended based on ratings of quality performance and patient satisfaction.
With medical offices in Hillcrest and Bonita, Scripps Mercy Medical Group comprises a team of board-certified physicians specializing in internal medicine, family practice and pediatrics. All physicians have medical staff privileges at Scripps Mercy Hospital, while pediatricians also are on the medical staff of Children’s Hospital and Health Center and Scripps Mercy Hospital Chula Vista. SMMG patients also have access to hundreds of specialists affiliated with Scripps Health.