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CCHC Ranks #1 in Nation for Cancer Screening

New Bern, NC – On August 25, 2015 The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) publically released quality and cost results for 333 Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) around the country. Coastal Carolina Health Care, P.A.’s (CCHC) ACO ranked # 1 in the country for cancer screening(1) for the second consecutive year.  The group also shared the top spot with 3 other groups each having 100% of their primary care physicians qualify for CMS’ electronic health record incentive program. CCHC also scored in the top 2% for patient’s rating of their doctor as well as influenza immunization and pneumococcal vaccination rates. They were also in the top 10% in the nation for care for patients with diabetes(2) and top 15% for patients with coronary artery disease(3). These scores ranked them well ahead of the quality reported by groups affiliated with some of the top health care systems in the country including Johns Hopkins, Duke, UCLA, Robert Wood Johnson, and others.

In addition to the impressive quality delivered, the data released show the costs to care for patients that see CCHC’s physicians were lower than 4 out of 5 groups in the program. CCHC was able to achieve these results in part by helping their patients reduce avoidable hospital admissions, a reduction of 22% from 2011, and visits to the emergency department, a reduction of 13% from 2011.

“Our relentless focus on quality and transition toward team-based care have resulted in better care and lower costs for patients. I’m proud to be associated with this effort.” Kenneth W. Wilkins, Jr., MD, President.

“These results are a testament to the hard work and dedication of the physicians and staff at CCHC and the national recognition achieved is well deserved.” Ronald A. Preston, MD, Vice President Medical Affairs

“These results are especially rewarding because they demonstrate the organization’s commitment to its mission to promote the health of its patients by providing timely, high quality, compassionate, affordable, and personalized care,” said Stephen W. Nuckolls, CEO

About Coastal Carolina Health Care

CCHC is a nationally recognized physician-owned and led multispecialty medical practice with more than 65 physicians and advance practice clinicians operating out of 13 locations in Craven and Carteret Counties. Their operations include an Ambulatory Surgical Center for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Sleep Lab, Central Clinical Laboratory, Urgent Care, and Imaging Center. The group’s specialties include Internal Medicine, Family Practice, Hematology, Oncology, Gastroenterology, Cardiology, Pulmonary Diseases, Critical Care, Endocrinology, Rheumatology, and Neurology. For more information, visit (

About Coastal Carolina Quality Care

CCQC is wholly owned subsidiary of CCHC and was one of 27 organizations accepted into Medicare’s Shared Savings Program (MSSP) in the first round in April 2012. In 2014 over 11,000 Medicare Beneficiaries from Craven and surrounding counties were attributed to the organization. CCQC’s mission is to assist doctors in providing high quality and improved coordinated care for the patients they have been entrusted while reducing the growth in costs. For more information, visit (

About the Medicare Shared Saving Program

The Medicare Shared Savings Program (Shared Savings Program) was established by section 3022 of the Affordable Care Act. The Shared Savings Program is a key component of the Medicare delivery system reform initiatives included in the Affordable Care Act and is a new approach to the delivery of health care. Congress created the Shared Savings Program to facilitate coordination and cooperation among providers to improve the quality of care for Medicare Fee-For-Service (FFS) beneficiaries and reduce unnecessary costs. Eligible providers, hospitals, and suppliers may participate in the Shared Savings Program by creating or participating in an Accountable Care Organization (ACO). The Shared Saving Program has now grown to include over 400 ACOs from around the country with more expected to enter in 2016. A recent press release stated that 97 ACO saved the Medicare Trust fund a total of $806 million in 2014. For more information, visit