Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska has recognized its top network primary care physicians from across the state.

“These physicians are providing the best care for our members, particularly those with chronic conditions, in a very complicated and fragmented health care system,” said Steve Martin, president and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska.

The 23 physicians received the honor based on a Value Index Score (VIS) which measures the quality and value of several factors including educating, immunizing and screening for disease prevention, preventing further complications, ensuring appropriate care and support for patients, and efficiently using medications and ancillary resources such as radiology and lab tests.

“I am honored to receive the award and appreciate being recognized for providing quality care to my patients,” said Dr. Ruby Northrup of Northrup and Associates. “I have always appreciated the relationship Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska has with independent physicians to achieve quality care at affordable prices for patients.”

Studies have shown the stronger a patient’s ties to his or her primary care physician, the better the quality of care the patient receives, and the more efficiently care is delivered.

The physicians awarded are:

Isaac Berg – Internal Medical Associates, Grand Island

Vincent Bjorling – Regional West Physicians Clinic, Scottsbluff

Donald Burge – Donald E. Burge Md., Lincoln

Kelly Collins – The Family Doc, Bellevue

Heather Dews – Lincoln Pediatric Group, Lincoln

Mary Drey – Capital Medical Clinic, Lincoln

Michael Donner – Internal Medical Associates, Grand Island

Stephanie Erickson – Alegent Creighton, Omaha

Michael Feely – Westroads Medical Group, Omaha

James Fosnaugh – Wedgewood Legacy/Medical, Lincoln

Kristen Fulton – Alegent Creighton, Omaha

Barbara Gutshall - Avera Saint Anthony’s Hospital, O’Neill

Dorothea Jacobsen – Lincoln family Medical Group. Lincoln

Kerry McDonald – Alegent Creighton, Omaha

Devin Nickol – UNMC Physicians, Omaha

Ruby Northrup – Northrup & Associates, Lincoln

Michelle Petersen –Capital City Pediatrics, Lincoln

Gregory Precht – Saunders Medical Clinic, Ashland

Sandhya Saxena –Health Care for the Family, Omaha

Michael Schooff – Alegent Creighton, Omaha

Fredrick Schwartz –Alegent Creighton, Omaha

Steven Williams – Physicians Clinic, Omaha

Kristee Zoloty – Alegent Creighton. Omaha

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