BCBSNE recognizes top value physicians in NE

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska has recognized its top network primary care physicians from across the state for their efforts to improve patient health, provide quality care and lower costs.

“These physicians are providing the best care for our members, particularly those with chronic conditions, in a very complicated and fragmented health care system,” said Steve Martin, president and CEO, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska.

The 23 physicians received the honor based on a Value Index Score (VIS) which measures the quality and value of:

·         Educating, immunizing and screening for disease prevention

·         Preventing further complications of a patient’s health who is already chronically ill, with consistent follow up

·         Managing patient care through the system with correlating lower preventable hospitalizations and emergency department visits

·         Ensuring appropriate care and support for their patients

·         Maintaining or improving the health status of BCBSNE members in their care

·         Efficiently using medications and ancillary resources such as radiology and lab tests

“I am honored to receive the award and appreciate being recognized for providing quality care to my patients,” said Dr. Ruby Northrup, Northrup and Associates.  “I have always appreciated the relationship Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska has with independent physicians to achieve quality care at affordable prices for patients.”  

Studies have shown the stronger a patient’s ties to his or her primary care physician, the better the quality of care the patient receives, and the more efficiently care is delivered. 

The physicians awarded are:

Isaac Berg – Internal Medical Associates, Grand Island

Vincent Bjorling – Regional West Physicians Clinic, Scottsbluff

Donald Burge – Donald E. Burge Md., Lincoln

Kelly Collins – The Family Doc, Bellevue

Heather Dews – Lincoln Pediatric Group, Lincoln

Mary Drey – Capital Medical Clinic, Lincoln

Michael Donner – Internal Medical Associates, Grand Island

Stephanie Erickson – Alegent Creighton, Omaha

Michael Feely – Westroads Medical Group, Omaha

James Fosnaugh – Wedgewood Legacy/Medical, Lincoln

Kristen Fulton – Alegent Creighton, Omaha

Barbara Gutshall - Avera Saint Anthony’s Hospital, O’Neill

Dorothea Jacobsen – Lincoln family Medical Group. Lincoln

Kerry McDonald – Alegent Creighton, Omaha

Devin Nickol – UNMC Physicians, Omaha

Ruby Northrup – Northrup & Associates, Lincoln

Michelle Petersen –Capital City Pediatrics, Lincoln

Gregory Precht – Saunders Medical Clinic, Ashland

Sandhya Saxena –Health Care for the Family, Omaha

Michael Schooff – Alegent Creighton, Omaha

Fredrick Schwartz –Alegent Creighton, Omaha

Steven Williams – Physicians Clinic, Omaha

Kristee Zoloty – Alegent Creighton. Omaha

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska will be recognizing physicians annually for their commitment to providing quality, low-cost care that is of value to its members.




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