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Dr. Eshleman Receives NCQA's Diabetes Recognition

Timothy A. Churchill, President and Chief Executive Officer of Western Maine Health announced recently that James Eshleman, DO,  of Oxford Hills Family Practice, and a physician on staff at Stephens Memorial Hospital was recently named to the list of physicians earning a 3 year recognition, beginning November 17, 2008, from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) through the Diabetes Physician Recognition Program (DPRP). 

Eshleman's recognition means that he has the opportunity to have the NCQA submit their clinical quality data to Medicare for use in the Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI).  
 
To qualify, physicians need to document and submit performance data on several dimensions of diabetes care that demonstrates that their data meets the Program's care measures.  Data collected includes eye exams, blood pressure, glucose, and lipid tests and control measures.  This type of data collection is particularly valuable to people with diabetes, as it could mean that they are less likely to suffer complications of the disease.  The more data that is available through this program helps improve the lives of the 16 million sufferers of Diabetes in the United States.

Diabetes affects the body's ability to produce or respond properly to insulin, the hormone that allows blood sugar to enter the body's cells and produce energy.

The DPRP was created in 1997 through a partnership between NCQA and the American Diabetes Association.  More than 4,300 physicians hold NCQA recognition for high quality diabetes care. 

Stephens Memorial Hospital is part of the Maine Health® family.  Visit Western Maine Health on the Internet at www.wmhcc.org.

 
 
 
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