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 2021 Quality+ Partnerships Program acknowledged primary care physicians across the state for helping their patients achieve exceptional care outcomes.

BlueCross conducts an annual review of providers’ quality improvement efforts and recognizes those who increase their performance against specific benchmarks1, 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.                                                 

Several individual providers across the state earned a 4.5 out of 5 Star rating:

East Tennessee:

Stacey B. Carlton, MD  Crossville


Middle Tennessee:

Kathy A. Highland, APRN Manchester
Bridget O. George, FNP Manchester
Peter A. DiCorleto, MD Murfreesboro
Eric K. Egli, MD Murfreesboro
Paul E. Perryman, MD Columbia


Northeast Tennessee:

Abigail Gass, MD Elizabethton
Charles A. Ross, DO Kingsport
Jonathan S. Bremer, MD Elizabethton
Michelle L. Davenport, MD Elizabethton


Several group practices received a 4.5 Star rating.

East Tennessee:

Physicians Associates LLC Crossville
Seasons Family Medicine PLLC Cookeville
Providence Family Medicine Sparta
McMinnville Medical Associates PLLC McMinnville


Middle Tennessee:

Clarksville Internal Medicine PLC Clarksville
Heritage Medical Associates PC Nashville


Northeast Tennessee:

Family Medicine of Jonesborough LLC Jonesborough
State of Franklin Healthcare Associates PLLC Johnson City


“We are honored to recognize these high-performing providers who have demonstrated exceptional care outcomes for our Medicare Advantage Network members. Despite healthcare delivery challenges this past year, these providers delivered superior evidenced-based care managing chronic diseases, offering preventive medical care and improving our members’ health outcomes,” said Dr. Angeline Brunetto, interim 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 25 BlueAdvantage PPOSM members.

About BlueCross®
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee is a taxpaying, not-for-profit health plan serving more than 3.3 million members in Tennessee and around the country. The Chattanooga-based company was founded in 1945 and has brought peace of mind to its members and local communities for more than 75 years. BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Inc. is an independent licensee of the BlueCross BlueShield Association. For more information, visit the company’s news center at

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