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Bruce Block, M.D., Receives Quality Innovator Award From Quality Insights Of Pennsylvania

PITTSBURGH, June 1, 2005 — Bruce Block, M.D., a family practice physician at UPMC Shadyside Primary Care Institute, recently received a “Quality Innovator Award” from Quality Insights of Pennsylvania, an organization that protects Medicare patients’ rights.

Quality Leader Awards are presented to health care providers who worked on improving the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) quality measures. Attendance at learning sessions, participation in pilot projects, willingness to work with project coordinators and adoption of new tools and/or materials were all taken into account.

Dr. Block worked specifically with the Out Patient Rapid Assessment (OPRA) Project, which aims to improve preventive care. Patients fill out an assessment that indicates their need and willingness to receive specific tests and immunizations, such as mammograms and pneumonia shots.

Dr. Block, who also is associate director of the Family Practice Residency Program at Shadyside Hospital, has his residents use OPRA, allowing him to track and instruct them. On the forefront of the movement toward electronic medical records, Dr. Block installed the first electronic medical record at Shadyside Hospital in 1985.

Quality Insights of Pennsylvania, under contract with CMS, works collaboratively with hospitals and other health care providers in Pennsylvania to assist them in their efforts to improve the quality of the care they deliver.

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