Oakland, Calif. (Date) Brown & Toland Physicians has been awarded "Elite" status by America's Physician Groups (APG) —the organization's highest ranking —as part of its 2020 Standards of Excellence (SOE®) survey. This is the14th consecutive yearthat the Bay Area independent practice association has earned this designation from APG, the nation's leading professional organization of accountable physician groups.
To achieve Elite status, organizations must receive five-star ratings in six publicly reported domains:Care Management Practices, Information Technology, Accountability and Transparency, Patient-Centered Care, Group Support of Advanced Primary Care and Administrative and Financial Capability. The threshold for achieving a star in each domain is set annually by the PG Clinical Quality Leadership Committee that analyzes survey performance.
Last year, the committee voted to increase the achievement thresholds across the survey's domains. Updates to the SOE®include questions to highlight important topics like social determinants of health, value-based incentives, financial standards and post-hospital discharge follow-up.
"We are honored to once again to receive this designation as we continue our commitment to stay ahead of the curve in delivering high-quality outcomes while reducing the cost of health care delivery," said Kelly Robison, Brown & Toland's chief executive officer. "Meeting and exceeding the elevated thresholds for Elite status illustrates our continued focus on raising the bar for innovation and value in health care.
"Brown & Toland works collaboratively with its network of more than 2,700 physicians to continuously develop new ways to providegreater value and higher-quality care delivery. Recent advances include implementation of a best-in-class electronic health records (EHR) system, telemedicine platform and other technology enhancements, in addition to a variety of expanded services to physicians and members.
For more information on the Standards of Excellence™ program including historical results, visit America's Physician Groups' website.