This excerpt taken from the UNH 8-K filed Dec 19, 2006.
UnitedHealthcares national performance assessment and improvement program rewards board-certified internists with enhanced recognition and visibility
MINNEAPOLIS (June 27, 2006) UnitedHealthcare, a UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) company, announced today that physicians certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) who participate in the Boards Practice Improvement Module and Maintenance of Certification programs will receive special credit under the UnitedHealth Premiumsm designation program, a national performance assessment and consumer decision-support program.
Utilizing science-based, industry-standard criteria, along with guidance from medical specialty societies and expert physicians, the UnitedHealth Premium designation program evaluates care delivery by physicians across 19 medical specialties including several internal medicine disciplines. In addition, the Premium programs performance feedback provides physicians with the opportunity for continuous professional development and improvement, and provides consumers with relevant information to enhance the quality of their health care outcomes.
This advancement in the UnitedHealth Premium program means that internal medicine specialists will receive special recognition and credit for participating in ABIMs Maintenance of Certification and Practice Improvement Module programs. Upon completion, physicians can submit appropriate information to UnitedHealthcare for inclusion in the Premium designation evaluation. Additionally, performance data from UnitedHealthcare can be utilized by internists to support their participation in the ABIMs Practice Improvement programs.
UnitedHealth Group recognizes and celebrates the leadership of the American Board of Internal Medicine in implementing this meaningful enhancement to the traditional process of board certification, which will improve both the quality and cost effectiveness of clinical care delivery, said Reed V. Tuckson, M.D., UnitedHealth Groups senior vice president of Consumer Health and Medical Care Advancement. As specialty boards such as the ABIM advance physician leadership that encourages, supports and evaluates continuous professional development, new opportunities become available for collaboration to achieve our common goal of providing
high-quality, affordable health care for consumers. As such, we take this opportunity to urge all eligible physicians to participate in the maintenance of certification programs offered by their specialty boards.
UnitedHealthcare is deeply committed to supporting physicians who demonstrate their professionalism through board certification, practice measurement and continuous quality improvement, said Lewis Sandy, M.D., UnitedHealthcares executive vice president for Clinical Strategies and Policy. We are confident that physicians who participate in the ABIM Maintenance of Certification and Performance Improvement Module programs are meaningfully enhancing quality and appropriateness of clinical care delivery and should be recognized in our Premium designation program. Patients and healthcare purchasers deserve to know about the quality of care delivered, and physicians who demonstrate a commitment to quality through ongoing engagement with their specialty boards should be highlighted and recognized.