The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) and the American Diabetes Association (ADA) have announced that The Brooklyn Hospital Center Family Practice has received Recognition from the Diabetes Physician Recognition Program for providing quality care to patients with diabetes.
The Diabetes Physician Recognition Program was designed to improve the quality of care that patients with diabetes receive by recognizing physicians who deliver quality diabetes care, and by motivating other physicians to document and improve their delivery of diabetes care. To receive recognition, which is valid for three years, Vasantha Kondamudi, MD, Chair of TBHC’s Department of Family Medicine, submitted data that demonstrated performance meeting the Program’s key diabetes care measures, which include eye exams, blood pressure tests, nutrition therapy and patient satisfaction. When people with diabetes received quality care as outlined by these measures, they are less likely to suffer complications such as heart attack, stroke, blindness, kidney disease and amputations.
“We are very proud that the physicians in TBHC’s Family Practice have received this prestigious recognition,” said Richard B. Becker, MD the hospital’s President and CEO. “TBHC’s goal is to keep Brooklyn healthy, and we are working very hard to educate people about diabetes, which is devastating our community. More than one in eight New Yorkers has diabetes, but the number of people with diabetes in Brooklyn is second only to the Bronx.”
“For a person with diabetes, the right physician can make the difference between living with diabetes as opposed to suffering from diabetes,” said Richard M. Bergenstal, MD, President, Medicine & Science, American Diabetes Association. “Physicians who earn recognition through the Diabetes Physician Recognition Program have an established track record of providing excellent diabetes care. The list of recognized doctors is the first place to look if you or a loved one has been diagnosed with diabetes.”
The Diabetes Physician Recognition Program cited Dr. Kondamudi, and the following physicians in TBHC’s Family Practice: Pedro Corzo, MD, Victoria Dantchenko, MD, Irina Erlikh, MD, and Rosalinda Rosario, DO.
“Low income populations are especially at risk for diabetes because they live in places where fast food is plentiful but fresh, healthy food is scarce and, often, more expensive,” says Dr. Kondamudi. “Diabetes also goes hand-in-hand with the obesity epidemic. At the Family Practice we are doing everything possible to provide the education people need to make important lifestyle changes to prevent and manage this devastating disease.”
Among its many diabetes program, The Department of Family Medicine has a specialized weekly diabetes self-management clinic and a free Diabetes Club that meets on the last Friday of each month to teach participants about nutrition, exercise, medication management, various self management tools, coordination of ancillary services/referrals and the skills necessary to successfully manage the disease.
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 United States and it has no cure.