2017 physician Quality Awards announced

(Grand Rapids, Mich. – Aug. 7, 2017) This month, Priority Health is recognizing its network of doctors and health care practices for working together to improve health care outcomes in Michigan with its 2017 Quality Awards.

To provide its members with the greatest access to exceptional patient care and raise the state’s overall health care standards, Priority Health partners with physicians and practices to improve health outcomes, lower the cost of care and help engage members in their own health. While Priority Health’s physician network earned strong scores overall, the Quality Awards annually recognizes the top performers. 

The Priority Health Quality Awards are given to practices that achieve the highest overall scores in preventive care and chronic disease measures through the Priority Health Primary Care Provider Incentive Program. The program tracks clinical quality measures against national standards and evidence-based medicine. 

Priority Health sets high targets on 25 measures like cancer screening, depression screening, immunizations, and chronic condition management. By collaborating with physicians, Priority Health has successfully helped health plan members avoid incidence of chronic disease complications for conditions such as congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes mellitus, asthma and hypertension at rates better than state and national averages. This year 179 practices were recognized for excellence statewide.

"At Priority Health, our mission is to improve the quality, access and affordability of care for our members," said Joan Budden, president and CEO of Priority Health. “It’s an honor to recognize these leading practices and physicians for their proven work to keep Michiganders healthy."

In 2016, recognized practices’ performed the following results:

  • Hypertension controlled blood press went up 2%
  • Pediatric obesity increased by 4%
  • Depression screening increased from 29% to 47% as a plan overall 

Priority Health invests in practices to help develop the quality initiatives and infrastructure required to support the transformation of care and it is working. Practices collectively earned nearly $19 million. Priority Health sets high targets, with practices needing to meet or exceed the national 90th percentile in order to qualify for incentive awards. 

Over 14 years, Priority Health has awarded more than $244 million to practices in support of primary care over and above standard payment of services. What started with recognition of fewer than 30 practices in 2003, the Quality Awards program has now evolved to celebrating hundreds of practices across the state for achievement of the highest levels of care.

Meet the 2017 Quality Award recipients

Awards are based on performance throughout the previous calendar year, so the 2017 awards honor provider performance in 2016.

ABC Pediatrics, PC
AF Associates Family Medicine, PC
Alger Pediatrics, PC
Allegan Internal Medicine, PC
Allendale Family Practice
Apple Family Medicine, PLC
Arcturus Healthcare PLC Associates of Family Medicine
Ausiello, Domenico S., MD
Barnett, Richard C., MD
Battiste Family Medicine
Baxter Community Center
Borgess Family & Internal Medicine - Health Park
Borgess Family Medicine Plainwell
Borgess Family Medicine - Delton
Borgess Internal Medicine - Woodbridge Hills
Borgess Internal Medicine - North Pro
Bright Start Pediatrics
Bronson Family Medicine - Shaffer Street
Bronson Internal Medicine - John Street
Bronson Internal Medicine - West Centre Avenue
Bronson Internal Medicine & Pediatrics - Lifetime Wellness
Bronson Internal Medicine Oshtemo
Brookside Family Medicine
Brookville Pediatric & Internal Medicine, PC
Byrens, David M., MD, PC
Cadillac Family Physicians, PC
Cadillac Primary Care & OB/Gyn
Cascade Pediatrics, LLP
Cereal City Pediatrics, PC
Cherry Bend Family Care, PLC
Cherry Street Health Services - Belknap Commons Health Center
Cherry Street Health Services – Heart of the City Health Center
Cornerstone Romeo Plank Family Practice
Dayone Family Healthcare, PC
East Paris Internal Medicine Associates, PC
Edgewood Center Pediatrics
Family Care Center
Family Medicine Specialists, PC
Family Practice of Cadillac
Family Tree Medical Associates
Fenton Medical Center, PC
Folkening, Mark N., MD
Forest Hills Pediatric Associates, PC
Graetz, Debra K., MD
Grand Rapids Family Physicians, PC
Grand Traverse Children's Clinic, PC
Grand Traverse Internists, PC
Grand Valley Medical Specialists, PLC
Grandville Pediatrics, PC
Harborwood At The Lakes
Harbour View Family Medicine
Hastings Internal Medicine
Helen Devos Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine Clinic
Helen Devos General Pediatric Clinic
Henry Ford Allegiance Family Medicine - Brooklyn
Henry Ford Allegiance Family Medicine - Cascade Ridge
Henry Ford Allegiance Family Medicine - Grass Lake
Henry Ford Allegiance Family Medicine - Summit Woods
Henry Ford Allegiance Family Medicine - Townsend
Henry Ford Allegiance Pediatrics
Hoffman, Thomas M., MD
Holland Pediatric Associates, PLC
IHA Child Health - Westarbor
IHA Family & Internal Medicine - WestArbor
IHA Internal Medicine - Livingston
IHA Livingston Pediatrics
Internal Medicine and Pediatrics of West Michigan, LLC
Internal Medicine of West Michigan
IPC - Associates in Internal Medicine
Jackson Pediatrics
John Street Clinic, PC
Jones, Donald C., MD
Jupiter Family Medicine, PC
Kelly, Maureen A., MD PLLC 
Kent Pediatrics, PC
Kentwood Family Physicians, PC
Kids Creek Children's Clinic, PC
Kremer, Brad E., PLLC
Lakeshore Family Care
Lakeshore Health Partners - Internal Medicine
Lakeshore Health Partners - Zeeland Family Medicine
Lakeshore Health Partners IM/Peds
Lakeshore Internal Medicine & Pediatric Associates
Lakeshore Medical Center - Shelby
Lakewood Family Medicine, PC
Macatawa Family Medicine, PC
Mcbain Primary Care
Medical Center Pediatrics - West Bloomfield
Mercy Health - Peter M. Wege Center For Health & Learning
Mercy Health Physician Partners - Beltline
Mercy Health Physician Partners - Internal Medicine
Mercy Health Physician Partners - Jenison
Mercy Health Physician Partners - Rockford
Mercy Health Physician Partners - Southwest
Metro Health Cedar Springs
Metro Health Jenison
Metro Health Southwest - IM
Metro Health Southwest - Peds
Metro Health Southwest - West
Michael G. Marcotte, MD, PC
Munro, David B., MD, PC
Muskegon Family Care
Northeast Pediatric Associates PC
Northern Michigan Medicine & Pediatrics, PLLC
Northern Pines Health Center, Inc.
Norton Family Practice
OB/Gyn Associates of Holland, PC
Partners in Family Health, PLC
Pediatric Associates of Big Rapids
Pediatric Associates of Kentwood, PC
Pediatric Partners, PLC
Pediatrics, PC
Promed Family Practice 
Promed Pediatrics
Providence Medical Center - South Lyon
Riverwood Family Medicine, PC
Roossien Jr., Jack R., MD, PC
Roy, Patricia, DO, PC
Ruoff, Gary S., DO, PC
SHMG Family & Internal Medicine - North Muskegon
Shoreline Pediatrics
Spectrum Health Big Rapids Family Medicine
Spectrum Health Family Medicine - Pentwater
Spectrum Health Family Medicine Residency Center
Spectrum Health Medical Group - 4069 Lake Drive Internal Medicine
Spectrum Health Medical Group - 68th Street Internal Medicine
Spectrum Health Medical Group - Alpine
Spectrum Health Medical Group - Beltline Family Medicine
Spectrum Health Medical Group - Beltline IM/Peds
Spectrum Health Medical Group - Byron Family Medicine
Spectrum Health Medical Group - Campustowne
Spectrum Health Medical Group - Coopersville
Spectrum Health Medical Group - Gaslight Family Practice
Spectrum Health Medical Group - Grand Haven Family Medicine
Spectrum Health Medical Group - Grand Haven Internal Medicine
Spectrum Health Medical Group - Grand Haven Pediatrics
Spectrum Health Medical Group - Grand Rapids IM/Peds
Spectrum Health Medical Group - Grand Rapids Internal Medicine
Spectrum Health Medical Group - Grand Rapids Pediatrics
Spectrum Health Medical Group - Holland Family Medicine
Spectrum Health Medical Group - Holland Internal Medicine
Spectrum Health Medical Group - Holland Pediatrics
Spectrum Health Medical Group - Kalmazoo Center
Spectrum Health Medical Group - Kentwood
Spectrum Health Medical Group - Rivertown
Spectrum Health Medical Group - Rockford Family Medicine
Spectrum Health Medical Group - Rockford IM/Peds
Spectrum Health Medical Group - Sparta Family Medicine
Spectrum Health Medical Group - West Pavilion Enhanced Primary Care
spectrum Health Medical Group - West Pavilion Internal Medicine
Spectrum Health Medical Group - West Pavilion Primary Care
Spectrum Health Medical Group - Zeeland
Spectrum Health Reed City Campus
Spectrum Health United Hospital Internal Medicine & Pediatrics - Greenville
Springcrest Family Physicians
Standale Family Physicians
Sterenberg, L. Michael, DO, PLLC
Taylor, James, DO, PC
Third Coast Family Practice
Thirlby Clinic, PLC
Thornapple Valley Family Physicians, PC
Traverse Area Pediatric & Adolescent Clinic
Traverse Bay Internal Medicine PC
Vanhouzen, Russell N., MD, FACP
Vanwagnen, Aaron M., MD, PLLC
Vanwieren, Gerald E., MD, PC
Village Family Practice
Watkins, Thomas, DO
West Front Primary Care, PLLC
West Michigan Family Health, PC
West Michigan Family Medicine
West View Family Medicine
Western Michigan Pediatrics, PC
Westshore Family Medicine, PC
White, Craig, DO, PC
Wickens, Marshall R., DO
Wildern, Steven G., MD
Williamson, Jeffrey R., DO, PC
Wyoming Family Medicine, PC

About Priority Health:

Priority Health is an award-winning, Michigan-based non-profit health plan nationally recognized for improving the health and lives of the people it serves. It continues to lead the industry in engaging members in their health, delivering effective health and disease management programs and working with physicians to improve health care outcomes and performance. Priority Health is one of only 20 health plans nationwide offering wellness programs accredited by the National Committee for Quality Assurance, an organization which also rated it among the best health plans in the nation. The State of Michigan named the Priority Health HMO the benchmark plan for all individual and group HMO plans to model.

Priority Health offers a broad portfolio of health benefit options for employer groups and individuals, including Medicare and Medicaid plans. Its network of health care providers features 95 percent of practicing physicians available in Michigan and more than 900,000 health care providers nationwide.