UMSA and Sabinal Health Clinic Recognized for Patient Care Strategies

Nov 25, 2019 /


TMF Physician Practice Quality Improvement Award honors physician practices for effective care management, preventative health services

Uvalde Medical and Surgical Associates (UMSA) and Sabinal Health Clinic have received an award from TMF Health Quality Institute, formerly Texas Medical Foundation. The Gold TMF Physician Practice Quality Improvement Award received by UMSA and Sabinal is awarded for improving patient outcomes in high-priority clinical areas while applying innovativestrategies to advance quality health care.

The team from UMSA and Sabinal Health Clinic are among a group of health care providers in seven states to receive the award. The TMF Physician Practice Quality Improvement Award is based on the four categories of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System: Quality Measures, Promoting Interoperability, Improvement Activities and Cost/Utilization. Practices were assessed on clinical outcome measures for the 2018 calendar year.

“Delivering quality care requires an ongoing commitment to assessing, testing and improving processes,” said Brandi Smith, Director of UMSA.

“Our staff is honored to receive this award recognizing the value of this work. We look forward to continually finding new ways to provide quality, patient-focused care,” Smith said.

TMF Health Quality Institute and Texas medical associations collaborated to introduce the award program in 2012 to recognize top-performing practices. TMF has since extended the program to include practices in Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma and the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico.

The award criteria align with national health priorities established by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to improve patient care and satisfaction and promote effective care management. Award recipients demonstrated how they have actively incorporated health information technology and strategies to promote patient engagement and improve the patient experience.

“Physicians and their clinics hold critical front-line roles in health care delivery,” said Gary W. Floyd, MD, and chair of the TMF Board of Trustees. “Improving health care involves multiple strategies – from applying new technologies, to developing programs that promote healthy living. Through coordinated and data-driven strategies, these physicians are making a difference in the lives of their patients and their communities.”

“My staff and I know hard work is never-ending, and we will continue to take steps to improve our patients’ lives through quality health care,” says Smith.

For more information about the TMF Physician Practice Quality Improvement Award, and to view the complete list of award recipients, visit