BlueCross Medicare Advantage Quality Program Recognizes Primary Care Physicians for Superior Patient Care Outcomes

Tennessee doctors celebrated for cost-effective, quality care


CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee’s Medicare Advantage 2019 Quality+ Partnerships Program acknowledged primary care physicians across the state for helping their patients achieve exceptional care outcomes.

The program conducts an annual review of providers’ quality improvement efforts, recognizing those who increase their performance in specific care quality metrics over time.1

These health benchmarks measure many factors, including:

  • How often providers offer preventive treatment
  • How well patients follow their providers’ plans of care for managing chronic diseases
  • Whether or not providers offer treatment support in specific areas where a strong focus could lead to improvements in patient health
  • How effectively providers support compliance with specific medications used to treat diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol conditions

The most recent Medicare Advantage Star quality data shows that many providers deliver superior outcomes for BlueCross Medicare Advantage plan members when it comes to timely treatments and appropriate preventive care.

Charles A. Ross, DO of Kingsport earned a 5 out of 5 Star rating.                                                

Additionally, many individual providers across the state earned a 4.5 out of 5 Star rating:

East Tennessee:

Thomas F. Boduch, MD Kingston
Harold A. Chertok, DO Cookeville
James E. Deweese, PA Knoxville
Winnifred J. Dunbar-Davies, MD Chattanooga
David C. Martin, DO Sewanee
Paul G. Smith Jr, DO Cleveland
Timothy D. Smith, MD Huntsville
James G. Staggs, DO Cookeville


 Middle Tennessee:

Marthe-Sophie Lagueux, MD Mount Juliet
Charlotte J. Lohrey, MD Nashville
Wayne  Murphy, MD Murfreesboro
David E. Ours, MD Murfreesboro
Michael E. Parker, PA Hohenwald
Rachel R. Sanes, FNP BC Hendersonville
Cameron A. Shearer, MD Mount Juliet
Charles L. Stimpson, MD Shelbyville
Leanne P. Venable, FNP BC Murfreesboro


Northeast Tennessee:

Floyd J. Barker, DO Mountain City
Vivian M. Clark, MD Elizabethton
David H. Franzus, MD Kingsport
Michael E. Jewett, MD Jonesborough
Scott E. May, MD Elizabethton
Michael A. Tan, MD Morristown


West Tennessee:

Steven L. Cannady, FNP Camden
Deborah T. Smothers, FNP Camden


Many group practices received a 4.5 Star rating.

East Tennessee:

1101 Primary Care PLLC Cookeville
Chota Community Health Services Vonore
Corryton Medical Center Corryton
Galen Medical Group PC Hixson
HH Physician Care Fayetteville Medical Associates Fayetteville
McMinnville Medical Associates PLLC McMinnville
Oasis Medical Center Livingston
Sale Creek Family Practice PLLC Sale Creek


Middle Tennessee:

Charles T Wolohon MD Murfreesboro
Clarksville Internal Medicine PLC Clarksville
Complete Family Healthcare Shelbyville
Cool Springs Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Clinic Brentwood
Family Care of Middle TN Smyrna
Heritage Medical Associates PC Nashville


Northeast Tennessee:

State of Franklin Healthcare Associates PLLC Johnson City
Mountain Region Family Medicine PC Kingsport
Family Medical Clinic of Harrogate Harrogate

“We appreciate these high-performing providers in our Medicare Advantage network along with many others who commit daily to giving their patients the best evidence-based care possible,” said Dr. J.B. Sobel, vice president and chief medical officer of senior products at BlueCross.

For a full list of Tennessee providers participating in the Quality+ Partnerships Program, visit

  1. Each recognized provider/group serves at least 20 BlueAdvantage PPOSM members.

About BlueCross®

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee’s mission is to provide peace of mind through better health. Founded in 1945, the Chattanooga-based company is focused serving its more than 3.5 million members in Tennessee and across the country. BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Inc. is an independent licensee of the BlueCross BlueShield Association (BCBSA). BCBSA is an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans. For more information, visit the company’s website at

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