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Pennsylvania Chapter of American College of Physicians Honors Don Liss, M.D.

Philadelphia, PA - December 4, 2010 - The Pennsylvania Chapter of the American College of Physicians (ACP) today honored Donald Liss, M.D., senior medical director of Clinical Programs, Independence Blue Cross, for his contributions to the creation and launch of Pennsylvania’s Chronic Care Initiative, a three-year patient-centered medical home collaboration that promotes better coordination of health care especially for patients with chronic conditions.

“Don is a well-respected authority on the patient-centered medical home, and his commitment and contributions to the success of Pennsylvania’s Chronic Care Initiative have been numerous and noteworthy,” said Richard Baron, M.D., Greenhouse Internists, one of 150 physicians participating in the Collaborative. “Don’s advocacy for considering new payment models which recognize the value of the work involved in coordinating and organizing care was instrumental in the success of this program.”

“I’m honored to be recognized by the ACP, and proud to have been part of this unique partnership of primary care physicians, health plans, advocacy organizations, and academic leaders which have demonstrated that through collaboration we can become part of the solution to the challenges facing primary care in America,” said Dr. Liss. “The survival of primary care will depend on establishing new payment models that reward primary care physicians for the critical role they play in helping their patients negotiate through an increasingly complex health care system. We rely on primary care physicians to take care of patients, but also to advocate for their personal values and interests. Our current system compensates physicians for delivering care, but wasn’t built to recognize and pay for these additional efforts.”

Independence Blue Cross is the largest participating insurer, covering about 110,000 patients receiving care in these practices.

The Chronic Care Initiative, launched in southeastern Pennsylvania in 2008, is a multi-stakeholder initiative convened by the Governor’s Office of Health Care Reform and involving primary care practices, health plans, and advocacy organizations. To date, all 32 participating practices have successfully achieved recognition as medical homes by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality.

About the American College of Physicians

The American College of Physicians is the largest medical specialty organization and the second-largest physician group in the United States. ACP members include 130,000 internal medicine physicians (internists), related subspecialists, and medical students. Internists specialize in the prevention, detection, and treatment of illness in adults. Follow ACP on Twitter and Facebook.

About Independence Blue Cross

Independence Blue Cross is a leading health insurer in southeastern Pennsylvania. Nationwide, Independence Blue Cross and its affiliates provide coverage to nearly 3.3 million people. For more than 70 years, Independence Blue Cross has offered high-quality health care coverage tailored to meet the changing needs of members, employers, and health care professionals. Independence Blue Cross’s HMO and PPO health care plans have consistently received the highest ratings from the National Committee for Quality Assurance.

Independence Blue Cross is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

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