Internal Medicine Physicians Receive National Recognition for Providing Quality Cardiovascular & Stroke Care

Harbin Clinic, along with the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA), are pleased to announce Dr. Amar Singh and Dr. Poonam Singh, Internal Medicine physicians with Harbin Clinic, have received Recognition from the Heart/Stroke Recognition Program for providing quality care to their patients with cardiovascular disease or who have had a stroke.

The Heart/Stroke Recognition Program was designed to improve the quality of care patients with cardiovascular disease or who have had a stroke receive by recognizing physicians who deliver quality cardiovascular and stroke care, and by motivating other physicians to document and improve their delivery of cardiovascular and stroke care. To receive recognition, which is valid for three years, Drs. Amar and Poonam Singh submitted data that demonstrates performance that meets the Program’s key cardiovascular and stroke care measures. These measures include blood pressure and cholesterol control, among others. When people with cardiovascular disease or who have had a stroke receive quality care as outlined by these measures, they are less likely to suffer additional complications, such as a second heart attack or stroke.

“Quality patient care translates into lives saved,” said Sidney Smith, Professor of Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Past President and Past Chief Science Officer of the American Heart Association. “This is why the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association is supporting a recognition program for physicians providing quality care. This program closes the gap by putting into practice American Heart Association/American Stroke Association guidelines and statements to fight heart disease and stroke.”

Drs. Amar and Poonam Singh joined Harbin Clinic in 2005. They began their practice in Rome in 2002. They received their Medical Doctorate degrees from Patna Medical College, Patna University School of Medicine in Patna, India. They both completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Michigan State University, McLaren Regional Medical Center in Flint, Michigan. Drs. Amar and Poonam Singh are certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. They also received the NCQA and American Diabetes Association’s Diabetes Physician Recognition in 2006.

More than 60 million Americans have one or more types of cardiovascular disease. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, responsible for approximately 950,000 deaths each year. Approximately 700,000 Americans suffer a stroke each year; stroke is the third-leading cause of death and a leading cause of severe, long-term disability. Despite evidence that reducing cholesterol levels and controlling high blood pressure prevent further health complications, many cardiac and stroke patients are not treated effectively for these symptoms.

NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations, recognizes physicians in key clinical areas. NCQA’s Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) is the most widely used performance measurement tool in health care. NCQA is committed to providing health care quality information through the Web, media and data licensing agreements in order to help consumers, employers and others make informed health care choices.