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 2017 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.

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

The most recent Medicare Advantage 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.

The following individual providers earned a 5 out of 5 Star rating:
Vivian M. Clark, MD Elizabethton
Debora C. Daniel, MD Dunlap
George L. Day, MD Harrogate
Steven G. Flatt, MD Cookeville
Chad A. Griffin, MD Sparta
Kathy A. Highland, APRN Manchester
Thomas A. Jenkins, MD Cookeville
Michael E. Jewett, MD Jonesborough
Luisa T. Manestar, MD Crossville
Scott E. May, MD Elizabethton
Pamela J. Sanders, MD Cookeville
Kevin S. Toppenberg, MD Greeneville
Paula H. Vassar, FNP-BC Union City

An additional 17 practices received a 4.5 Star rating.

Beacon Health Alliance PC Chattanooga
Cool Springs Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Clinic Brentwood
Fayetteville Medical Associates Fayetteville
Galen Medical Group Chattanooga
Heritage Medical Associates Nashville
Highland Wellmont Health Network Bristol
Holston Medical Group Kingsport
Jackson Clinic PA Jackson
Lebanon HMA Physicians Management Corp Lebanon
McMinnville Medical Associates PLLC McMinnville
Memorial Health Partners Foundation Inc. Chattanooga
State of Franklin Healthcare Associates PLLC Johnson City
Stones River Regional IPA Inc. Murfreesboro
Trinity Medical Associates PC Knoxville
Unity Medical Group PLLC Jefferson City
University Physicians Practice Group Johnson City
Upper Cumberland Family Physicians Cookeville

“We welcome the opportunity to recognize our high-performing provider partners, 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. “We are honored to join forces with these professionals, who remain focused on improving health and quality of life for the people they serve.”

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

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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