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Baton Rouge – The Louisiana Health Care Review (LHCR) presented to Dr. Theryll Johnson, with the Leonard J. Chabert Medical Center Ambulatory Care Clinic Family Practice, the 2008 Platinum Level Physician Quality Award, and to Dr. Mohammed S. Sarwar, with the W.O. Moss Regional Medical Center Diabetes Clinic, the 2008 Silver Level Louisiana Physician Quality Award for providing and improving the quality of diabetes health care for patients.

The Platinum Level award is the highest level award given; the Silver Level is the third highest. 

The LHCR presents the Physician Quality Award annually to physicians who have exhibited continuous, significant, or improved quality of care for Medicare patients. The quality measures considered for this award included the percent of Medicare patients receiving the following recommended clinical tests or services: HbA1C treatments, eye exams, lipid profiles, and mammograms for female patients.  Also, an aggregate score representing an equally weighted average of the measures was considered.

Dr. Johnson qualified for the Platinum Award, achieving at least 75 percent on each of the measures with an aggregate score of at least 85 percent.

Dr. Sarwar qualified for the Silver Award, achieving at least 70 percent on each of the measures with an aggregate score between 80 and 85 percent. 

LHCR, a Medicare quality improvement organization, created the award system to promote the improvement of quality health and health care throughout the state.  The quality award aims to evaluate the level of health care improvement initiatives throughout the state at the end of each calendar year.

Dr. Theryll Johnson
Dr. Theryll Johnson, center, with Gary Curtis, LHCR CEO and president, and Jane Bergeron, LHCR quality improvement specialist.

Dr. Sarwar
Dr. Mohammed S. Sarwar