HRPA Member Highlights

National Recognition Awarded to Cornerstone Family Practice in Guttenberg, Iowa, a Heartland Rural Physician Alliance Member-Practice!

May 14, 2015 

Cornerstone Family Practice, located in Guttenberg, Iowa, and one of the initial members of Heartland Rural Physician Alliance, was awarded Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) in May of 2015! Read more about it here. Heartland is proud of its member organizations for striving to receive recognition by using evidence-based, patient-centered medical home transformational processes in their practices. Please join us in congratulating Cornerstone Family Practice! 

Several team members from Cornerstone Family Practice attended the Heartland Rural Physician Alliance annual conference on May 8, 2015 where they were recognized by the Alliance for their PCMH recognition.

Several team members from Cornerstone Family Practice attended the Heartland Rural Physician Alliance
annual conference on May 8, 2015 where they were recognized by the Alliance for their PCMH recognition.

 

AAFP Features Heartland Members in Recent Publication!

Donald Klitgaard, M.D., enjoys taking care of patients, but he recently gave up clinical practice to serve as chief medical officer of a national accountable care organization.

 

AAFP recently featured Heartland members in their publication! Read the article, here: Group Membership Earns Small-practice FPs ACO Opportunities (March 17, 2015).

 

 

Heartland Board Member Inaugurated as ACOFP President

April 11, 2015

Last month, Kevin de Regnier, DO, FACOFP, was inaugurated as the 62nd President of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP). Dr. de Regnier was one of the founding members of the Heartland Rural Physicians Alliance. He is a family physician with Madison County Medical Associates in Winterset, Iowa, and is an adjunct professor of family medicine at Des Moines University.

He has been a member of the ACOFP Board of Governors since 2006 and since then has served on many of their committees, such as the Committee on Federal Legislation, the Preceptor Committee , and the Policy and Organizational Review Committee. De Regnier also served as President of both the Iowa Osteopathic Medical Association and the Iowa State Society of the ACOFP. Dr. de Regnier has been recognized for his dedication to quality care as both a physician and a professor. He was recognized as the Iowa Osteopathic Medical Association Physician of the Year in 2000. In 2001, he was awarded the Outstanding Clinical Faculty award from Des Moines University.

Join us in congratulating Dr. de Regnier!

HRPA-Member Practice in Le Mars, Family Medicine Clinics, receives certification as Patient-Centered Medical Home!

October 2, 2014 

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) has recently recognized Floyd Valley Hospitals' three Family Medicine Clinics in Le Mars as Patient-Centered Medical Homes (or PCMHs). HRPA Board Members, Julie Sitzmann and Mike Donlin, were an integral part of this effort toward certification, and we congratulate all of their hard work and efforts!

This group was also highlighted in their local paper. You may access the article and read more by clicking on this link.

 

Dr. Stephen J. Veit Receives Patient Centered Medical Home Certification

May 20, 2014 

Stephen J. Veit, MD, Charter Member of Heartland Rural Physician Alliance (HRPA) and the providers and staff of Stephen J. Veit MDPC in Cherokee, Iowa, were recognized as the first HRPA physician practice member to achieve Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition by the National Committee on Quality Assurance (NCQA).

Dr. Don Klitgaard, HRPA Board President, presents Dr. Veit with a certificate recognizing his practice for achieving Patient-Centered Medical Home recognition.

Dr. Don Klitgaard, HRPA Board President, presents Dr. Veit with a certificate
recognizing his practice for achieving Patient-Centered Medical Home recognition.

 

Dr. Don Klitgaard, HRPA Board President

November 21, 2013

Don Klitgaard, MD, FAAFP, graduated from the University of Iowa School of Medicine in 1996 and completed his residency at the LMEF Family Medicine residency program in Lincoln, Nebraska in 1999. He is currently the medical director of the Myrtue Medical Center clinics in Harlan, Iowa, where he has been the physician champion as their practice participated in the TransforMED National Demonstration Project. This two-year project, sponsored by the AAFP, was designed to support and study the implementation of the medical home model of care in real-world practice settings.  Dr Klitgaard’s practice has continued to be actively evolving into a patient-centered medical home, having implemented a variety of PCMH changes including advanced access scheduling, an EHR with e-prescribing, many office process redesigns, chronic disease management with in-office health coaches and disease registries, and enhanced immunization, behavioral health and wellness integration.

He enjoys practicing full-scope primary care medicine including outpatient, inpatient, ER, OB, nursing home and procedural services. Dr Klitgaard has served as the new physician member on the AAFP Board of Directors and has recently finished terms as President and Board Chair of the Iowa Academy of Family Physicians.  He currently serves on several state and national committees dealing with healthcare system redesign, including the AMA Committee of Innovators, a multi-specialty task force providing the AMA leadership with thoughts and direction regarding healthcare delivery system and payment redesign.  Additionally, Dr. Klitgaard serves as president and has been a leader in the development of Heartland Rural Physician Alliance, an organization dedicated to the support and ongoing development of primary care physicians and their practices to provide high quality healthcare for the patients, populations and communities they serve, while advocating for payment changes that align with and support this high-value healthcare.

Harlan’s Myrtue Medical Center continues to expand its close partnership with the Peterson Family Wellness Center that is right across the street. Wellness classes, physical therapy, and health education classes continue. The PFWC Spring Triathlon took place on October 19, 2013. 

 

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