Iron Mountain Providers Earn Distinction Awards

Blue Cross Blue Shield accolades recognize ‘Star Quality’ care

IRON MOUNTAIN, Mich. — Four Bellin Health Iron Mountain physicians recently earned BCN Advantage and Blue Cross Medicare Plus Blue PPO Provider Distinction Awards. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network give these awards annually to Medicare Advantage physician offices for outstanding contributions in helping patients with Blue Cross and Blue Care Network coverage receive “Star Quality” care, as measured by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Star Ratings.

The four physicians are:
• Nicole Linder, MD (Family Medicine, Primary Care)
• Stephen Leonard, MD (Internal Medicine)
• Daniel McMahon, MD (Family Medicine, Primary Care)
• Ellen VanLaanen, DO (Family Medicine, Primary Care)

“We’re committed to helping our members obtain quality care to best meet their individual healthcare needs, something we cannot do without the dedication and hard work of our provider partners across the state,” said Marc. D. Keshishian, MD, Blue Care Network’s senior vice president and chief medical officer.

Mary Beth Bolton, medical director of Customer Reporting and Analytics, Health Plan Business and Customer Solutions at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, added, “Providers are recognized with Provider Distinction Awards when they are delivering on their commitment to excellent healthcare practices. The awards are a testament to their dedication to their patients and our customers.”

CMS rates Medicare Advantage plans on a scale of one through five stars, using around 40 measures focused on getting patients the care they need, increasing patient satisfaction and leading patients to better health outcomes. In October 2016, CMS announced the latest star ratings for Blue Cross and BCN. Blue Cross received a 4-star rating and BCN received a 4.5 star rating. Iron Mountain’s four providers were among 336 statewide to receive 2016 Provider Distinction Awards, recognizing their contribution to achieving this high standard of care for Michigan Medicare Advantage patients.