Orlando Heart Specialists Receives Cardiology Practice Recognition

Orlando, FL (PressExposure) May 03, 2012 -- Orlando Heart Specialists Receives Cardiology Practice Recognition BTE Awards Certificate of Recognition for Commitment to Quality

Orlando Heart Specialists has been awarded the Bridges to Excellence® Cardiology Practice Recognition for meeting rigorous thresholds established by the American College of Cardiology and Bridges to Excellence®.

"In earning the BTE Cardiology Practice Recognition, Orlando Heart Specialists has shown a commitment to providing safe, effective, high quality care," said Jack Lewin, MD, Chief Executive Officer of the ACC. "Cardiology practices that complete this program take steps to evaluate and improve almost every aspect of their work to ensure the best outcomes for their patients."

Orlando Heart Specialists is among a select group of cardiology practices in the nation that have achieved the BTE Cardiology Practice Recognition. According to Francois deBrantes, Executive Director of the Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute®, "We're delighted to recognize Orlando Heart Specialists for the quality of care they deliver to patients. The Cardiology Practice Recognition is an important indicator that Florida health plans and employers should look for when recommending cardiology practices to patients.

To earn the Recognition, practices submit data under three domains: clinical, structural, and professional. Clinical data are evaluated according to standards developed by the American Medical Association's Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement for Hypertension, Stable Coronary Artery Disease, Heart Failure and Atrial Fibrillation/Atrial Flutter. Structural metrics identify and evaluate the implementation of practice-level systems that promote safe, timely, effective, equitable, efficient, patient-centered care. Finally, professional metrics evaluate credentials of each individual cardiologist and calculate a practice-level commitment to professionalism.

"Practices that receive the Cardiology Practice Recognition have demonstrated a commitment to continuous quality improvement," said William Oetgen, MD, Senior Vice President of Science and Quality of the ACC. "This program sets the bar high for practices across America. Our goal is that all cardiologists nationwide will work towards gaining this esteemed credential."

For more information about the American College of Cardiology and its Quality Programs, visit http://www.cardiosource.org/ACC. For more information about Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute® and its Bridges to Excellence® Recognitions, visit http://www.hci3.org.

About the American College of Cardiology

The American College of Cardiology is transforming cardiovascular care and improving heart health through continuous quality improvement, patient-centered care, payment innovation and professionalism. The College is a 40,000-member nonprofit medical society comprised of physicians, surgeons, nurses, physician assistants, pharmacists and practice managers, and bestows credentials upon cardiovascular specialists who meet its stringent qualifications. The College is a leader in the formulation of health policy, standards and guidelines, and is a staunch supporter of cardiovascular research. The ACC provides professional education and operates national registries for the measurement and improvement of quality care. More information about the association is available online at http://www.cardiosource.org/ACC.

About Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute, Inc. The Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute, Inc. (HCI3™) is a not-for-profit multi-stakeholder umbrella organization for Bridges to Excellence® and PROMETHEUS Payment®. The mission of the organization is to create significant improvements in the quality and affordability of health care by developing and implementing programs that recognize and reward physicians, hospitals and other health care providers that deliver safe, timely, effective, efficient, equitable and patient-centered care. HCI3 offers a comprehensive package of solutions to employers, health plans and coalitions to improve the flawed incentives that currently permeate the U.S. health care system. http://www.HCI3.org

About Orlando Heart Specialists

Orlando Heart Specialists
450 West Central Parkway
Altamonte Springs, FL 32714
orlandocardiology.com

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Press Release Submitted On: May 03, 2012 at 3:26 pm
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