The Value of Valley Preferred
Providing the Best Care for Patients
Propelled by the core value of delivering the highest quality care for each patient, Valley Preferred now ranks among Pennsylvania’s largest and most influential physician hospital organizations. With leadership from both physicians and health care executives, we have delivered consistently high levels of support, service, and innovation, enabling physicians, providers, and staff to navigate smoothly through transitions in health care.
Physicians and Providers Helping Each Other
The world of medicine is changing quickly. There are more and more entities stepping in between the doctor and the patient, each with their own interpretation on how to improve the quality of care. We are about physicians communicating directly with physicians. Our medical leadership and Associate Medical Directors regularly meet with our physician members and APC participants face-to-face.
Strengthening our Body of Knowledge
Valley Preferred offers a wide spectrum of educational experiences that members can attend live or via video conference. Many include opportunities for ACE incentives and continuing medical education credits. Fresh topics keep members apprised of changes affecting their work and shared in a variety of platforms, from large-group forums to practice-level sessions to individual outreach meetings.
As a clinician-centric force for change we aim high, in our work and our degree of professionalism. We have the advantages of a self-built sophisticated infrastructure, essential collaborations created over time, and exceptional talent that’s always ahead of the curve. As a result, we are now achieving levels of care quality and value that could have only been imagined 25 years ago.
- Primary care and specialty physicians
- Advanced Practice Clinicians, including:
- CNM – Certified Nurse Midwife
- CRNA – Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist
- CRNP – Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner
- OD – Optometrist
- PA-C – Physician Assistant
- PsyD – Doctor of Psychology
What Our Members are Saying
As physicians, we all want to improve the quality of care. As member physicians of Valley Preferred, we are provided with the opportunity and resources to do so. Through the Quality Improvement Project, we are supported in identifying clinical areas for improvement, testing and optimizing changes, and disseminating those learnings to all members. By engaging in this program, my practice has improved several multi-departmental preoperative procedures. Since the Quality Improvement Project was established, dozens of projects have been completed. Many have been put into widespread practice and are making a measurable difference in the quality of local medicine.
Jennifer L. Stephens, DO, FACP
Chief Medical Officer, Lehigh Valley Physician Group
As a provider-owned health organization, Valley Preferred is run by physicians for physicians. Important decisions affecting the future of our 1,100 members are influenced by peers. Every member has the opportunity to be heard and participate in programs proven to advance the quality of medical care and value for the families we serve here in our home community.
James W. Manley, DO
Chair, Lehigh Valley Physician Hospital Organization, Chair, Greater Lehigh Valley Independent Practice Association, Inc., Lehigh Valley Family Practice Associates of America
The leaders at Valley Preferred have been very effective in championing the role of family physicians. One example is how they are making electronic health record (EHR) systems affordable for primary care practices. Valley Preferred has provided funds for the conversion of more local practices. Thanks to this commitment, more primary care practices are able to make this vital upgrade.
Joseph A. Habig, II, MD
Associate Medical Director, Valley Preferred, Medical Associates of the Lehigh Valley
Our practice is now an NCQA-certified Patient-Centered Medical Home, thanks in part to the funding and support of the LVPHO/Valley Preferred. It was a rigorous, intensive experience but fulfilling in terms of the professional pride and the individual excellence for which we strive. As a Patient-Centered Medical Home, we now are seeing the results of better outcomes attributable to our new team approach to patient care.
Matthew J. Winas, DO, FACP
LVPG Internal Medicine
Ongoing education is a high priority and physicians are compensated for their educational efforts by Valley Preferred. One recent example is a Quality Improvement (QI) course. I completed the course and found it very informative. Of particular interest were the language of QI, how to measure processes and outcomes, and how to account for unforeseen consequences. We’ve had 180 physicians enrolled so far and the feedback has been very positive.
Glenn S. Kratzer, MD
Associate Medical Director, Lehigh Valley Physician Hospital Organization/Valley Preferred, Lehigh Valley Internists
It’s easy to feel isolated when you’re an independent physician in a private practice. Valley Preferred is very attentive. They make me feel like I’m important; like they’re concerned about my practice and want it to do well. And whatever I need, they seem to be able to get it. I’ve done two QI projects and presentations, which were fantastic experiences. When the committee members asked questions afterward, you could tell they were interested. It’s all very worthwhile for the independent physician. The incentive payments are just icing on the cake.
William Ofrichter, DPM (retired)