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14 HMA Physicians Recognized for Improving Care through Comprehensive Preventive and Care Management Strategies
Fourteen Huguley Medical Associates physicians and a physician assistant have been announced as some of the 291 recipients of the Texas Physician Practice Quality Improvement Award in recognition of their innovative and effective use of health information technology to improve patient care and promote reliable preventative health services.

The HMA winners include:  Sonia Bajaj, MD, rheumatology; Tom Browning, PA, family medicine; Daniel Chadwick, MD, family medicine; Chandra Chellappan, MD, obstetrics & gynecology; Adil Choudhary, MD, gastroenterology; David Dunn, MD, family medicine; Ronny Ford, MD, general surgery; Wesley Marquart, MD, general surgery; Demequa Moore, MD, obstetrics & gynecology; Jason Neef, MD, obstetrics & gynecology; Imran Patel, MD, endocrinology; William Perryman, MD, gynecology; Luis Retamozo, MD, family medicine; Jose Rosado, MD, internal medicine; and Meenu Sharma, MD, internal medicine.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has recently prioritized the use of health information technologies in hospitals and clinics. By using improved technologies and data, caregivers can make more informed decisions that improve the quality of care delivered.
TMF Health Quality Institute, Texas Medical Association and Texas Osteopathic Medical Association first developed the award in 2012 to recognize outstanding physician practices based on four components: top performance on nationally recognized clinical outcome measures, regular use of population care management methods (such as patient education, early detection and disease management), participation in data reporting quality initiatives, and implementation of tools and processes to promote patient engagement and improve the patient’s experience.

“Our physicians work long and hard to provide the best possible care for our patients. It is therefore a great honor to receive this award recognizing our commitment to our patients and our profession,” said Eddie Smith, Huguley Medical Associates director. “Our work is still far from over as we will continue to take every step necessary to improve our patients’ lives through quality health care.”

Physician offices and clinics are critical points in the health care system where investments in care quality can have a significant impact on patients. According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, for every eight individuals who are hospitalized, 217 go to a doctor’s office. As this statistic demonstrates, physician clinics have a more widespread impact on the quality of care delivered to most patients compared to that of larger hospitals.

“TMF is proud to recognize these physician practices for the work they are doing to promote quality health care,” said David C. Fleeger, MD and chair of the TMF board of trustees. “Quality improvement is a time-consuming process, especially when it involves adopting new technology, and we thank these physician practices for their commitment to improving care for their patients.”

The continued improvement in health care quality relies on the use of health care technologies to reevaluate clinical practices at every turn and a willingness to institute necessary changes that may seem difficult or overly complex. Health information technologies inform physicians of patterns in patient procedures and outcomes they may not have recognized through electronic health records and allow physicians to see feedback on their level of care through transparent reporting systems.

For more information on the Texas Physician Practice Quality Improvement Award and to see a full list of this year’s winners, visit http://award.tmf.org.