Hillary Gwen Miller, M.D., family medicine physician at Austin Regional Clinic (ARC) is honored as “Best Physician” for providing exemplary health care to senior patients. Dr. Miller receives this award alongside two of her ARC colleagues, Michelle Markley, M.D. and Azim Shekarchi, M.D., as well four other Austin physicians: David Gabriel, M.D., Andrew Papendieck, M.D. and Gurneet Kohli, M.D. of Premier Family Physicians and Liam Fry, M.D., of Austin Geriatric Specialists. These doctors were chosen out of a network of more than 1,000 independent primary care physicians nationwide for helping to improve the lives of their senior patients.
A total of 32 physicians were selected as winners by medical directors at agilon health, a company transforming health care for seniors by empowering primary-care physicians to focus on the entire health of their patients. The criteria for selection included how frequently they met with patients, how much time spent with those who are chronically ill and their efforts to keep patients out of hospitals and emergency rooms.
“These exceptional physicians are really lighting the way and showing how primary care doctors can make a meaningful difference in the lives of their senior patients,” said Dr. Ben Kornitzer, chief medical officer at agilon health. We believe the movement to value-based care like that embraced by these physicians, is a fundamental part of the solution.”
Value-based care is a healthcare delivery model that puts doctors in the “driver seat” of patient health outcomes. Also known as advanced primary care or coordinated care, doctors are rewarded for preventing and managing chronic diseases and helping patients improve their health.
Studies have shown a significant relationship between the investment in primary care services and improved efficiency with better patient outcomes. Still, a concerning trend documented by the Primary Care Collaborative shows the decline in funding allocated to primary care services nationwide. This comes at a time when the nation’s senior population is rising and there is an even greater need for primary care physicians.
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