National recognition awards given for diabetic patient care

Two physicians in the Lake Erie Regional Health System of New York have been recognized by two national organizations for providing quality care and meeting recognized standards to patients with diabetes. Ronald Greco, M.D., and Joel Yoviene, M.D., have received honors from the Diabetes Recognition Program for providing quality care to their patients with diabetes. The announcement was made by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) and the American Diabetes Association (ADA). The recognition is valid for three years.

Dr. Greco provides services at Forestville Primary Care Center, Gowanda Medical Center and Conewango Valley Medical Center. Dr. Yoviene serves patients at Forestville Primary Care Center and Gowanda Medical Center.

The Diabetes Recognition Program was designed to improve the quality of care that patients with diabetes receive by recognizing clinicians who deliver quality diabetes care, and by motivating other clinicians to document and improve their delivery of diabetes care. To receive recognition, data from the physicians was submitted that demonstrates performance that meets the Program’s key diabetes care measures. These measures include eye exams, blood pressure tests, nutrition therapy and patient satisfaction, among others. According to officials, when people with diabetes receive quality care as outlined by these measures, they are less likely to suffer complications such as heart attacks, stroke, blindness, kidney disease and amputations.

Diabetes is a serious disease that affects the body’s ability to produce or respond properly to insulin, a hormone that allows blood sugar to enter the cells of the body and be used for energy. An estimated 16 million Americans have diabetes. It is the sixth leading cause of death by disease in the U.S. and it has no cure.

Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2010, NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. The organization accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations. It also recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance. The American Diabetes Association is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization supporting diabetes research, information and advocacy.

The Forestville Primary Care Center can be reached at 965-9738. Gowanda Medical Center can be reached by calling 532-8100 and Conewango Valley Medical Center can be reached at 287-2731.