South County Health awarded United Healthcare Path Excellence

Published 12/02/2016

South County Health recently received a United Healthcare PATH Excellence in Patient Service Award. The program annually recognizes physicians who meet certain performance-based criteria, including achieving or exceeding targets established by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for specific Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) measures. This is the second year in a row that the system has earned the award in the three years they have participated in the program. 

South County Health scored a “Superior” rating in the following quality measures: 

  • Breast Cancer Screening
  • Colorectal Cancer Screening
  • Adult BMI Assessment
  • Osteoporosis Management in Women who had a fracture
  • Eye Exam
  • Kidney Disease Monitoring
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis Management
  • High Risk Medication
  • Medication Adherence 

Jayne Daylor (left), quality manager of South County Medical Group Primary Care, showcases the PATH Excellence in Patient Service Award along primary care physicians Karen Smigel, MD; Mark Zullo, MD; and Hana Hagos, MD.


About the PATH Program
“To achieve a ‘superior’ rating on multiple measures that we provide the Medicare and Medicaid community is a true testament to our commitment to providing preventive, population health to the Washington County region of Rhode Island,” said Karen Smigel, MD, Medical Director, East Greenwich Family Medicine, South County Medical Group. “We look forward to continuing to provide the best quality care.”

The PATH Award specifically recognizes the quality of care at all three primary care practices in the system which are East Greenwich Family Medicine, Wakefield Primary Care and Westerly Primary Care. 

The PATH program is part of United Healthcare’s commitment to help shift the nation’s health care system to one that rewards quality and value instead of the volume of procedures performed. This incentive based program aims to shift systems into population health, forward-thinking accountable care organizations (ACO) relationships.