Diabetes Program at Cohen Children’s Medical Center Receives Recognition from National Committee for Quality Assurance

NEW HYDE PARK, NY – The Diabetes Program in the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology at The Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York (CCMC) was recently certified by the National Commission for Quality Assurance (NCQA), a widely-recognized symbol of healthcare quality. The program at CCMC had previously been recognized by the American Diabetes Association as a certified Pediatric Diabetes Education Center.    

NCQA is a private, not-for-profit organization that began accrediting health plans in 1991 to meet increasing demand for objective, standardized plan performance information. It has been instrumental in driving improvement throughout health care systems. To get recognition, healthcare organizations must pass a rigorous review and report on their yearly performance. For consumers and employers, this seal of approval is a reliable indicator that the medical service is well-managed and is delivering high-quality care that conforms to current national standards of excellence.

 NCQA developed the Diabetes Recognition Program (DRP) to provide clinicians with tools to support the delivery and recognition of consistent, high-quality care. This voluntary program is designed to recognize physicians and other clinicians who use evidence-based measures and provide excellent care to their patients with diabetes. The DRP program has 10 measures that cover such areas as: LDL (low-density lipoprotein) control, blood pressure control, eye examinations, smoking status and cessation advice or treatment. Achieving DRP recognition demonstrates to clinicians, patients and others in the diabetes community that they are part of an elite group that provides the highest level of diabetes care.

 Phyllis Speiser, MD, chief of pediatric endocrinology at CCMC, along with Margaret Pellizzari, RN, an assistant nurse manager, and their team of nurses, nutrionists, social workers, and physicians care for about 800 children annually with diabetes. From the day of diagnosis to “graduation” from pediatric care, the staff is dedicated to making life with diabetes more manageable, educating families to be their own advocates, and maintaining good glycemic control aimed at prolonging life and preventing complications. Dr. Speiser’s group worked closely with Pranav Mehta, MD, vice president for ambulatory performance improvement at the North Shore-LIJ Health System, and his staff to achieve NCQA recognition.

“Future healthcare delivery and reimbursement models rely heavily on documenting efficiency, cost savings and superior quality care,” said Dr. Speiser. “We are proud to be in the forefront of these changes sweeping the medical landscape, and honored to display this newest evidence of our successful efforts to deliver the best care to our children affected with diabetes.”

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