SynerMed Achieves Four-Star Elite Status on the Annual CAPG Standards of Excellence Assessment for the Second Year in a Ro

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- SynerMed, Inc., the leading government programs-focused managed services organization (MSO) in the country, today announced the achievement of Four-Star Elite status on the fifth annual 2011 Standards of Excellence (SOE) assessment administered by the California Association of Physician Groups (CAPG) - the nation’s largest professional association representing physicians practicing in the managed care model.

The SOE survey is the first-known voluntary, large scale, critical self-assessment for medical groups in the United States. The assessment is designed to examine and report the key features and capabilities of accountable healthcare organizations, including improved technical quality, responsive patient experience, and affordability. This year’s survey also featured more stringent documentation requirements, increased transparency and third-party validation of the scoring.

Of 76 participating medical groups caring for more than 11 million Californians, 25 organizations - some with multiple subsidiary groups - serving a population of almost 10 million people, qualified for Four Stars Elite status in 2011.

“By organizing and connecting industry stakeholders, enabling physicians to successfully achieve Meaningful Use and offering secure, compliant interoperability, SynerMed creates a health delivery system that rewards accountability and exceptional patient outcomes. This model ensures that our physicians remain ahead of reform implementation and continue to succeed in a rapidly evolving industry,” said James P. Mason, CEO of SynerMed, Inc. “The CAPG SOE affirms that our clients are excelling in the crucial areas that will be measured by reform initiatives. We are delighted to represent our physician groups in the achievement of Four-Star Elite status for the second year in a row.”

SynerMed’s medical groups - Angeles IPA, Community Family Care, EHS Medical Group, Inland Valleys IPA, Mid County Physicians Medical Group, Multi-Cultural Primary Care Medical Group, Pacific Alliance Medical Group and Southern California Children’s Network - provide care to approximately 550,000 patients in the state of California.

About the Standards of Excellence Survey

CAPG conducts its Standards of Excellence survey annually among its 150 member physician groups to gain an understanding of their “infrastructure” and to offer metrics to measure progress in clinical quality, affordability, access, technology, public accountability, and individual responsiveness to their patients. In 2011, a fifth area, Fiscal and Administrative Capability, was tested (scores not reported) to monitor the complex infrastructure needed to manage multiple revenue streams, create novel payment methodologies, maintain intricate network relationships, and handle intricate contractual relationships that are all pertinent to the challenge of creating Accountable Care Organizations nationwide. To view the survey results visit: http://www.capg.org/home/index.asp?page=229.

About The California Association of Physician Groups (CAPG)

The California Association of Physician Groups (CAPG) represents groups that employ or contract with nearly 60,000 California doctors and provide care to 15 million Californians. CAPG is committed to improving health care for Californians and supports a progressive and organized system of health care delivery, which focuses on coordinated treatment plans and comprehensive coverage, including the most current preventive services and exams. This allows physicians to focus on illness prevention and proactive management of patients in order to maintain their optimum level of health. www.capg.org.

About SynerMed, Inc.

SynerMed is the leading government programs-focused managed services organization (MSO) in the country. Since its inception in 1995, SynerMed has been dedicated to navigating the healthcare landscape and providing the tools and services necessary to increase access to care, improve the quality of care, and ensure care is delivered effectively. Today, SynerMed enables the creation of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) by virtually connecting groups of providers–primary care physicians, specialists, and hospitals–and organizing them into a health delivery system that provides accountability and rewards exceptional patient outcomes. The result is a cohesive system that establishes incentives for performance, provides rapid reimbursement for providers, increases quality and value, and ensures patients have access to the care they need, when they need it. The company’s physician-centric IPA model promotes growth and sustainability for individual physicians with an innovative suite of tools and technology that helps physicians remain independent. For more information, visit www.isynermed.com.



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for SynerMed, Inc.
Lissa Burt, 310-740-5819
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KEYWORDS:   United States  North America  California

INDUSTRY KEYWORDS:   Practice Management  Health  General Health  Managed Care

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