Delta Family Physicians has been recognized as a leading rural private practice providing comprehensive, high quality health care on the Western Slope. The recognition came from the Colorado Rural Health Center, which functions as both the State Office of Rural Health and the association for Colorado's extensive rural health organizations.
Each month, the CRHC recognizes one of its members whose work supports CRHC's vision that all rural Coloradans have access to comprehensive, affordable health care.
CRHC program manager Bridgette Olson oversees the organization's membership program and works with staff at CRHC to select which members will be featured. "Our staff was discussing the unique challenges of small, rural private practices — this led to a discussion of practices that overcome some of those challenges and Delta Family Physicians was called out for their creativity, capacity and commitment for providing care in their community," she explained.
Delta Family Physicians is a highly engaged member of CRHC. Staff members regularly attend conferences, webinars and workshops. The practice also contracts with CRHC's recruitment program, which is currently recruiting a primary care physician for the clinic. In addition, Delta Family Physicians worked with CRHC to complete two healthy clinic assessments and a HIPAA security risk analysis. Delta Family Physicians was the recipient of a $50,000 CRHC grant which was used to expand the capacity to serve patients by improving the clinic's use of health information technology, remodeling the clinic to increase the number of exam rooms, and improving the quality of exam equipment.
Diane Dockter, clinic manager, was excited to learn Delta Family Physicians had been selected this month. "We are so grateful to be a part of such a great organization as CRHC and are thankful for the support they have given to our clinic."
Delta Family Physicians has been providing care to the residents of Delta and surrounding areas since the late 1960s. The privately owned family practice was incorporated in 1992 by Doctors Richard Dysart and Samuel Kevan. The clinic is staffed by six family physicians and a nurse practitioner with a mission focused on creating a medical home that provides high quality primary care to residents.
Delta Family Physicians is fully functional with electronic health records and has attested to meaningful use. The clinic is also certified national rural health medical coders through the Association of Rural Health Professional Coders, and with turnaround in the billing office has seen an increase in the clinic's revenue. They have started the ICD-10 conversion and are prepared to test and transition in 2014.
Delta Family Physicians provides extensive outpatient primary care services for the entire family at all stages of life, in addition to numerous surgical procedures. The practice has a long history of providing care to underserved populations in Delta and does not limit the number of Medicare, Medicaid or uninsured patients.
"Delta Family Physicians continues to provide the highest level of care to their patients and community by continually improving and innovating services," Olson noted. "Although not immune to the struggles facing rural practices, Delta Family Physicians should be recognized for their commitment to providing care for residents of Delta and surrounding areas. The CRHC applauds the staff and physicians for their dedication and leadership in rural health."blog comments powered by Disqus