March 21, 2019

Blue Cross Blue Shield Honors Family Doctors of NELA as Top Performers in Quality Blue Program

[West Monroe, LA] – Primary Care physicians from Family Doctors of Northeast Louisiana (NELA), a Steward Medical Group practice, have been recognized as Top Performers by the  Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Quality Blue Program. 

Quality Blue is a population health and quality improvement program designed to get better outcomes for patients, particularly those with chronic diseases such as diabetes, vascular disease, hypertension and chronic kidney disease.

Blue Cross developed Quality Blue to better support physicians in the network and work more closely with them. The program takes a team approach to healthcare, and gives providers the tools and resources they need to focus on improving care quality for all of their patients, not just those who are actively seeking treatment.  

Physicians recognized include Dr. Tommy Banks (Hypertension), Dr. Erin Breard (Hypertension), Dr. Mark Dollar (Hypertension), Dr. Joe Henry (Hypertension), and Dr.  Steven McMahan (Hypertension, Diabetes).

“Family Doctors of NELA are proud to be part of the Quality Blue Program, working with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana to get better health results and more value for our patients and their members”, says Dr. Steven McMahan, a co-founder of Family Doctors of NELA.

Family Doctors of Northeast Louisiana has a team of nine providers who have cared for patients in the area for nearly 20 years. They bring an expertise in primary health care services to provide high-quality care for patients in the community. The practice has two locations in West Monroe at 1900 North 7th Street, (318) 651-7000 and 1117 Cheniere Drew Road, (318) 329-4370, as well as in Monroe at 3995 Sterlington Road Suite A, (318) 329-4370.  

The practice is affiliated with Glenwood Regional Medical Center, a 278-bed, state-of-the-art hospital located in West Monroe that offers comprehensive healthcare services, including emergency care, heart care, advanced surgical procedures, diagnostic imaging, maternity care, rehabilitation services, and help for a broad range of medical conditions. 

Dr. Edward Jeffries, Quality Blue medical director for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, welcomed Family Doctors of Northeast Louisiana as the latest Quality Blue provider. “We believe Quality Blue is the right direction for healthcare, so we can work together to boost patients’ health outcomes and reduce costs, which will result in greater value for all,” Jeffries said. 

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