Local physicians acknowledged by BCBST for superior patient care outcomes

Area doctors celebrated for cost-effective, quality care

CHATTANOOGA — BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee’s Medicare Advantage 2018 Quality+ Partnerships Program recognized a number of primary care physicians in East Tennessee for helping their patients achieve exceptional care outcomes.

The program conducts an annual review of providers’ quality improvement efforts, recognizing those who increase their performance in specific care quality metrics over time.1

These health benchmarks measure many factors, including:

  • How often providers offer preventive treatment
  • How well patients follow their providers’ plans of care for managing chronic diseases
  • Whether or not providers offer treatment support in specific areas where a strong focus could lead to improvements in patient health

The most recent Medicare Advantage Star quality data shows that many providers and practices deliver superior outcomes for BlueCross Medicare Advantage plan members when it comes to timely treatments and appropriate preventive care. 

The following providers earned a 4.5 out of 5 star rating.

Casandra L. Cansler, MDSoddy Daisy
Chad A. Griffin, MDSparta
Debora C. Daniel, MDDunlap
Hak S. Seo, MDDayton
Harold A. Chertok, DOCookeville
Katherine R. Hall, MDAthens
Kenneth D. Beaty, MDLivingston
Larry M. Mason, MDByrdstown
Pamela J. Sanders, MDCookeville
Paul G. Smith Jr, DOCleveland
Pierre K. Berry, DOCrossville
Thomas A. Jenkins, MDCookeville
Thomas F. Boduch, MDCookeville
Vickie S. Moore, MDGatlinburg

 In addition, several group practices received a 4.5 star rating.

Beacon Health AllianceChattanooga
Chota Community Health ServicesVonore
Duck Family MedicineRutledge
Family Medical Clinic of Harrogate PCHarrogate
Galen Medical Group PCHixson
Gallian Medical PLLCKnoxville
McMinnville Medical Associates PLLCMcMinnville
Memorial Health Partners Foundation IncChattanooga
Sequatchie Valley Primary CareKimball

“We welcome the opportunity to recognize high-performing providers in our Medicare Advantage network, along with many others who commit daily to giving their patients the best evidence-based care possible,” said Dr. J.B. Sobel, vice president and chief medical officer of senior products at BlueCross. 

For a full list of Tennessee providers participating in the Quality+ Partnerships Program, visit bcbst.com.

  1. Each recognized provider/group serves at least 25 BlueAdvantage PPOSMmembers. 

About BlueCross®

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee’s mission is to provide peace of mind through better health. Founded in 1945, the Chattanooga-based company is focused serving its more than 3.5 million members in Tennessee and across the country. BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Inc. is an independent licensee of the BlueCross BlueShield Association (BCBSA). BCBSA is an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans. For more information, visit the company’s website at bcbst.com.

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