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Winthrop-University Hospital’s Diabetes and Obesity Institute Supports Clinicians’ Efforts to Provide Highest Quality Diabetes Care - Archived
November 11, 2011

As the regional leader in diabetes, Winthrop-University Hospital’s Diabetes and Obesity Institute is helping to ensure patients receive consistent, high quality care from the Hospital’s primary care providers, who deliver the majority of diabetes care. Recently, 41 Winthrop clinicians from six Hospital-affiliated primary care practices and the Winthrop Endocrinology faculty practice achieved recognition by The National Committee for Quality Assurance’s (NCQA’s) Diabetes Recognition Program (DRP).

Recognition by the NCQA’s DRP identifies physicians who are well educated in diabetes management and consistently treat patients according to the best available scientific evidence.

“Physicians who achieve Diabetes Provider Recognition demonstrate to their peers, patients and others in the diabetes community that they are part of an elite group that is publicly recognized for its skill in providing the highest-level diabetes care,” said Virginia Peragallo-Dittko, RN, BC-ADM, CDE, Executive Director, Diabetes and Obesity Institute at Winthrop-University Hospital. With that goal in mind, Ms. Peragallo-Dittko spearheaded the initiative at Winthrop to champion the achievement of Diabetes Recognition funded with support from the Healthcare Association of New York State.

NCQA developed the DRP to provide clinicians with tools to support the delivery and recognition of consistent, high quality care. This voluntary program is designed to recognize physicians and other clinicians who use evidence-based measures and provide first-rate care to their patients with diabetes. The DRP Program has 10 measures which cover areas including A1C, blood pressure and cholesterol; eye examinations; foot examinations and kidney assessments; and smoking cessation advice or treatment.

Further underscoring the importance of this initiative, Winthrop recently received a grant for $75,000 from the New York State Health Foundation to support the achievement of NCQA Diabetes Recognition for 30 more Winthrop-based primary care providers from 13 Hospital-affiliated practices. This is particularly important in light of the fact that roughly 90 percent of diabetes care is provided by patients’ primary care physicians.

“Winthrop-University Hospital has a long and distinguished history of providing excellence in diabetes care. This grant from the New York State Health Foundation will enable our primary care providers to engage in diabetes-related performance measurement and be recognized for their efforts in providing the highest quality care to patients with diabetes,” said Ms. Dittko.

NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving healthcare quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations. It also recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance. NCQA is committed to providing healthcare quality information for consumers, purchasers, healthcare providers and researchers. For more information about NCQA, visit

Winthrop’s Diabetes and Obesity Institute promotes cutting-edge treatment and self-management education in all settings including the hospital, at primary care or specialty outpatient care settings and in the community. For more information on diabetes care at Winthrop, call 1-866-WINTHROP or visit

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