Ted Inman, PriMed CEO

PriMed is being celebrated as a finalist for the 2018 Richard M. Smith MD Leadership in Quality Improvement Award.

Each year, The Health Collaborative recognizes the healthcare heroes in our community at the Inspire | Healthcare Awards Celebration. This year’s sold-out event is being held on November 8 at The Center downtown. Award categories include Diversity and Inclusion, Gen-H (population health), Informatics Solutions (health information technology), and Leadership in Quality Improvement.

Named for a tireless proponent of patient safety and now in its 16th year, the Richard M. Smith MD Leadership in Quality Improvement Award is given to the individual or team that has identified an opportunity to improve patient care and safety, and applied the PDSA principles of quality improvement to develop a successful intervention. 

PriMed Physicians, an independent medical group in Dayton, Ohio, believes that providing quality care and achieving superior results is possible when also responsibly reducing the cost of care. And since 2002, the group has been laser-focused on bringing these strategies to life.

With 15 offices and 52 physicians, PriMed provides family practice, internal medicine and pediatrics to 70,000 patients throughout the Miami Valley. By building lasting patient relationships, the team focuses on making a difference and finding the best ways to improve the patient experience.

To do this, PriMed has invested in training in Lean Six Sigma quality improvement methodologies that are focused on making sure processes consistently deliver the desired results. PriMed also invested in hiring the right staff who are dedicated to leading projects and process reengineering efforts to advance medical quality and reduce costs.

“The physicians and staff of PriMed huddle every morning to review information from the analytics department and from the patient care coordinators to be able to focus on the needs of the patients coming in that day,” said Ted Inman, PriMed CEO. “We have also developed decision support tools, with our management partner, MediSync, to help us provide consistent, evidence-based care for our chronically ill patients. This attention to detail really allows us to provide the best possible tailored care for each patient.”

Results Worth the Praise
PriMed’s efforts have not gone unnoticed, particularly when it comes to controlling the blood pressure of its patient population. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) named PriMed a 2014 Million Hearts Champion for blood pressure control rates, with 92 percent blood pressure control for all of its hypertension patients. According to CDC, the US average blood pressure control success rate is only 50 percent. In addition, the American Medical Group Association’s (AMGA) Measure Up Pressure Down program also recognized PriMed for leading the nation in blood pressure control efforts.

In 2018, PriMed was honored for its achievement in diabetes care by the AMGA and was named a Together 2 Goal Award winner. The team’s efforts to improve asthma outcomes with children was also recognized by the Academy of Pediatrics for the lowest rate of ER visits, the lowest rate of hospital admissions, the lowest kids’ days missed from school and the lowest parents’ days missed from work.

Reducing Costs by Improving Quality
PriMed had approximately 13,000 Medicaid patients in 2017. While focused on providing the best care for these patients, PriMed Physicians also worked hard to reduce costs. In fact, PriMed’s Medicaid carrier found that the group saved over $4.4 million against the expected medical cost for the year.

“We have developed decision support tools with MediSync to help us provide consistent, evidence-based care for our chronically ill patients. This attention to detail allows us to provide the best possible tailored care for each patient.”

Ted Inman

CEO, PriMed

The Physician group has also been involved in the Comprehensive Primary Care (CPC) initiative since its inception. CPC fosters collaboration between public and private health care payers to strengthen primary care. Recent reporting on cost and utilization from The Health Collaborative identified PriMed as a leader in the Ohio/Northern Kentucky region, based on Medicare and commercial carrier data. PriMed was nine percent to 42 percent lower than benchmark in emergency department visits; in-patient bed days, discharges and costs; primary care costs; specialty costs and pharmacy costs. Results that prove PriMed’s focus is making an impact.

The Health Collaborative is proud to honor PriMed Physicians as a nominee for the 2018 Richard M. Smith MD Leadership in Quality Improvement Award for its steadfast focus on providing quality care while also reducing the cost of care.