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Buffalo Medical Group Joins Cleveland Clinic Community Physician Partnership's Quality Alliance

Partnership is First Outside of Northeast Ohio

September 7, 2012

The Buffalo Medical Group has joined the Cleveland Clinic Community Physician Partnership’s Quality Alliance, becoming the first physician’s group outside of northeast Ohio to enroll in the program that helps independent physicians standardize care and improve quality.

The Quality Alliance partners independent physicians with Cleveland Clinic physicians as a way to improve the quality and consistency of clinical care; reduce costs and increase efficiency; and provide access to expertise, data and experience. The alliance meets these goals through physician-led review of patient care, physician-developed clinical protocols, mechanisms assuring adherence to those protocols, and common data collection and reports.

“The addition of the Buffalo Medical Group to the Quality Alliance underscores that other providers – regardless of whether they are located in northeast Ohio or elsewhere – understand the need for physicians to solve the value equation: How to provide the best care for our patients in the most cost-efficient manner,” said Tarek Elsawy, MD, Chief Medical Officer of Cleveland Clinic’s Community Physician Partnership & Quality Alliance. “The Buffalo Medical Group is the right type of partner, as it has demonstrated through its highly engaged culture of quality and commitment to process improvement.”

More than 640 independent Cleveland-area physicians have joined the Quality Alliance, in addition to more than 3,500 Cleveland Clinic physicians, making it the third largest clinically integrated network in the United States. The partnership with the Buffalo Medical Group (BMG) adds more than 100 primary care physicians, specialty care physicians and sub-specialists to the program.

The Quality Alliance has developed a comprehensive set of evidenced-based, clinical metrics to measure compliance standards for chronic disease management, including diabetes, asthma, congestive heart failure, hypertension, colon cancer screening, breast cancer screening, cervical cancer screening, and childhood and adult immunization.

“Buffalo Medical Group is thrilled to partner with the Cleveland Clinic Community Physician Partnership and Quality Alliance,” said Irene S. Snow. MD, Medical Director, Buffalo Medical Group. “Our strong tradition of quality patient care bolstered by our robust electronic medical records capability will be complemented by the Cleveland Clinic Quality Alliance’s outstanding patient care clinical protocols. This alliance will ensure that BMG patients will continue to receive excellent, efficient, evidence-based care from our providers.”

BMG records more than 400,000 outpatient visits annually at its main locations in Buffalo, Williamsville and Orchard Park, NY, as well as 20 satellite sites.

“Healthcare is changing, especially reimbursement models, which will not be based on activity alone but on the quality and efficiency of that activity,” Elsawy said. “Evidence shows that the continuous move toward performance-based care translates into better health for patients and a savings in healthcare dollars over time.”

About Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, it was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States. U.S.News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation’s best hospitals in its annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey. About 2,800 full-time salaried physicians and researchers and 11,000 nurses represent 120 medical specialties and subspecialties. Cleveland Clinic Health System includes a main campus near downtown Cleveland, eight community hospitals and 18 Family Health Centers in Northeast Ohio, Cleveland Clinic Florida, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Cleveland Clinic Canada, and opening in 2013, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. In 2010, there were 4 million visits throughout the Cleveland Clinic health system and 167,000 hospital admissions. Patients came for treatment from every state and from more than 100 countries. Visit us at www.my.clevelandclinic.org.  Follow us at www.twitter.com/ClevelandClinic.

About Buffalo Medical Group

Founded in 1946, Buffalo Medical Group, P.C., is among the oldest and largest multi-specialty physician practice groups in New York State.  With more than 100 specialists and sub-specialists – as well as a team of more than 600 nurses, technologists and other health care professionals – BMG records more than 400,000 outpatient visits annually at its main locations in Buffalo, Williamsville and Orchard Park as well as 21 satellite sites. For more information on BMG, visit our web site at www.buffalomedicalgroup.com.

Media Contact:

Eileen Sheil, 216.444.8927, sheile@ccf.org
Tracy Wheeler, 216.444.4235, wheelet2@ccf.org