COLUMBUS, Ohio, Jan. 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Buckeye Health Plan (BHP) recognized Ashalata Patel, M.D., of Mercy Hospital in Toledo with a Physician Summit Award, the company's highest designation for a health care provider. Summit Awards are given each year to physicians, practitioners, and obstetricians for providing clinical excellence.
"Buckeye Health Plan is committed to recognizing outstanding Ohio providers for the excellent care they give to our members," said Brad Lucas, M.D., chief medical officer for BHP.
"We selected Dr. Patel based on our review of her own HEDIS (Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set) measures for the Buckeye members that she cares for. Dr. Patel and her office staff are outstanding at providing important adolescent care to our members and well-child care to those members age 3 to 6," he said.
"Dr. Patel has served the children of the Toledo community for 35 years, providing top quality medical care to her patients and partnering with their families to address their entire wellbeing," said Michele Montague, COO, Mercy Health Physicians – North. "Mercy congratulates Dr. Patel on a well-deserved recognition."
Centene Health, parent company of Buckeye Health Plan, and the Centene Foundation for Quality Healthcare recognize outstanding physicians who are providers for local health plans. Physician winners are selected by local health plans based on providing high quality care to plan members and being a good partner with the health plan. The award acknowledges healthcare professionals for their engagement with Buckeye Health Plan members, as well as their exemplary care. Additionally, the providers are recognized for their clinical excellence. The honor is awarded annually. Winning physicians receive lunch for their office staff, a crystal plaque, and public recognition.
About Centene Corporation
Centene Corporation, a Fortune 500 company is a leading multi-line healthcare enterprise that provides programs and related services to the rising number of under-insured and uninsured individuals. Many receive benefits provided under Medicaid, including the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), as well as Aged, Blind or Disabled (ABD), Foster Care, long-term care, other state-sponsored programs and Medicare (Special Needs Plans). Centene's CeltiCare subsidiary offers states unique "exchange-based" and other cost-effective coverage solutions for low-income populations. The Company operates local health plans and offers a range of health insurance solutions. It also contracts with other healthcare and commercial organizations to provide specialty services including behavioral health, life and health management, managed vision, telehealth services, and pharmacy benefits management. More information regarding Centene is available at http://www.centene.com.
About Buckeye Health Plan
Buckeye Health Plan is a managed care plan that has been providing services in Ohio since 2004. Buckeye is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Centene Corporation, a leading multi-line healthcare enterprise offering both core Medicaid and specialty services. Information regarding Buckeye Health Plan is available via the Internet at www.buckeyehealthplan.com. Buckeye can be followed on Twitter as Buckeye_Health.
Mercy is a member of Mercy Health (formerly Catholic Health Partners), the largest health system in Ohio and one of the largest non-profit systems in the country. Locally, Mercy is based in Toledo, Ohio and serves 22-counties in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan. Mercy provides comprehensive primary and critical care services to residents, operates seven hospitals strategically located throughout the region, as well as a robust physician group, Mercy Medical Partners, Life Flight critical air transport services and Mercy College of Ohio.
In 2013, Mercy was proud to provide $87.2 million in community benefit. With more than 7,500 employees and 2,500 medical staff members, Mercy has been a part of the communities it serves for nearly 160 years. Please visit mercyweb.org for additional information.
SOURCE Buckeye Health Plan