Local physician receives national recognition for diabetes care

Nov 17, 2012

Rockport — The National Committee for Quality Assurance and the American Diabetes Association recently announced that Dr. Eric Schenk of Rockport has received recognition from the Diabetes Recognition Program for providing quality care to his patients with diabetes.

The NCQA Diabetes Recognition Program was designed to improve the quality of care that patients with diabetes receive by recognizing clinicians who deliver quality diabetes care, and by motivating other clinicians to document and improve their delivery of diabetes care. To receive recognition, which is valid for three years, Schenk submitted data that demonstrates performance that meets the program’s key diabetes care measures. These measures include eye exams, blood pressure tests, nutrition therapy and patient satisfaction, among others. When people with diabetes receive quality care as outlined by these measures, they are less likely to suffer complications such as heart attacks, stroke, blindness, kidney disease and amputations.

Diabetes is a serious disease that affects the body’s ability to produce or respond properly to insulin, a hormone that allows blood sugar to enter the cells of the body and be used for energy. An estimated 16 million Americans have diabetes; it is the sixth-leading cause of death by disease in the U.S. and it has no cure.

“For a person with diabetes, the right clinician can make the difference between living with diabetes as opposed to suffering from diabetes,” said Richard M. Bergenstal, MD, President, Medicine & Science, American Diabetes Association. “Clinicians who earn recognition through the Diabetes Recognition Program have an established track record of providing excellent diabetes care."

Schenk is board certified by both the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine. Schenk has also been recognized by NCQA for excellence in Heart/Stroke and he is the only physician in the area to receive Diabetes or Heart Stroke Recognition. Schenk's office is located at Oakland Commons, 825 Commercial St., Unit 1 in Rockport, and phone is 593-0504.

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