Mercy Physician Receives Recognition for Quality Diabetes Care
The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) and the American Diabetes Association (ADA) today announced that Dr. Steven P. Joyce has received recognition from the Diabetes Physician Recognition Program for providing quality care to his patients with diabetes. Dr. Joyce works in the Mercy Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Clinic on the campus of Mercy Medical Center.
To receive such recognition, which is valid for three years, Dr. Joyce submitted data that demonstrates performance that meets the program’s key diabetes care measures. These measures include eye exams, foot exams, nephropathy assessment, lipid profiles, tobacco status and counseling referral, and blood pressure tests, among others. When people with diabetes receive quality care as outlined by these measures, they are less likely to suffer complications such as heart attacks, stroke, blindness, kidney disease and amputations.
Diabetes is a serious disease that affects the body’s ability to produce or respond properly to insulin, a hormone that allows blood sugar to enter the cells of the body and be used for energy. An estimated 16 million Americans have diabetes.
“For a person with diabetes, the right physician can make the difference between living with diabetes as opposed to suffering from diabetes,” says Dr. Richard M. Bergenstal, M.D., president of the American Diabetes Association. “Physicians like Dr. Joyce who earn recognition through the Diabetes Physician Recognition Program have an established track record of providing excellent diabetes care,” explained Dr. Bergenstal.
Diabetes is a serious disease that affects the body’s ability to produce or respond properly to insulin, a hormone that allows blood sugar to enter the cells of the body and be used for energy. An estimated 16 million Americans have diabetes; it is the sixth-leading cause of death by disease in the U.S. and it has no cure.
Dr. Joyce may be reached at the Mercy Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Clinic at (712) 279-2950.
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Dianne Krier, Mercy Marketing and Communications Coordinator (712) 279-5682
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