Fairview Medical Group among Top 5 in clinical quality statewide

Jan. 28, 2014
Fairview Medical Group—which includes Fairview Clinics’ 40+ primary care clinics—ranks among the top five medical groups in the state for providing high-quality care.

That's according to MN Community Measurement’s recently released 2013 Health Care Quality Report. It includes results on 18 clinical quality measures—from adolescent immunizations and cervical cancer screening to optimal vascular care and controlling high blood pressure.

MN Community Measurement is a nonprofit organization working to increase quality and value in health care. 

Fairview Medical Group achieved above-average ratings on 12 of 18 measures, a result matched by only one other Minnesota medical group—HealthPartners.

“The hard work of our providers and staff is paying off,” says Val Overton, Fairview Medical Group vice president of quality and innovation.

“We’re delivering great care for our patients…and we’re being recognized as among the best of the best.”

What are we doing to improve care?
Improving health care takes focus, tenacity, teamwork and the right tools and processes.

Among the many things we’re doing:
  • Identifying issues in advance: Rather than the traditional process of a medical assistant taking vitals and a provider completing the visit, we're now planning ahead for patient visits. When the patient’s in the clinic, we’re focused on closing gaps or making adjustments to the care plan often identified in advance.
  • Care coordination: We're focusing on patient outreach, assessing and identifying health concerns, developing individualized care plans and monitoring the plan’s effectiveness. We have care coordinators who help patients with complex, chronic conditions overcome barriers to managing their health.
  • Care packages: A care package is a set of clinical practices for a condition (such as asthma) that provides the greatest benefit for patients. Care packages create more consistent, high-quality care for patients and include tools in our electronic health record that drive evidence-based care.
“Quality care matters to each individual we serve,” says Overton. “Keeping our patients healthy over the course of their lives is central to our mission.”

Quality results are available to consumers through MN Community Measurement’s MNHealthScores website.
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