Donor Spotlight on Francis R. Colangelo, M.D., M.S.-HQS, FACP
Dr. Colangelo (lower right corner) with Premier Medical Associates’ diabetes team participating in the 2018 Together 2 Goal® National Day of Action
This month’s Donor Spotlight features Francis R. Colangelo, M.D., M.S.-HQS,
FACP, chief quality officer at Premier Medical Associates in Pittsburgh, PA. Dr.
Colangelo has spearheaded Premier Medical Associates’ participation in numerous
AMGA Foundation initiatives to identify and implement best practices for
managing a range of chronic and preventable conditions, including cardiovascular
disease, heart failure, Type 2 diabetes, and more. Additionally, Premier Medical
Associates was the recipient of the 2016 Acclaim Award. AMGA Foundation sat down
with Dr. Colangelo and asked him about the work he and his organization are
doing with the Foundation.
AMGA Foundation: Premier Medical Associates has done great
work in our Together 2 Goal® Campaign, particularly as a participant in the CVD
Cohort of the Innovator Track. Please share a story about how participating in
the campaign has changed outcomes for Premier’s patients with Type 2 diabetes
and cardiovascular disease (CVD).
Colangelo: Provider adherence to evidence based guidelines
has definitely improved, especially in regards to using the proper intensity of
statin and in choice of medicines that have recently been shown to improve
cardiac outcomes for patients with diabetes and CVD. It is unlikely that this
change would have occurred without the focus on these topics thanks to the
practice’s innovator track participation. It is hoped that in the long run,
Premier’s patients with diabetes and CVD will have improved clinical outcomes
and reduced overall cost of care.
AMGA Foundation: In your opinion, how is AMGA Foundation
changing the course of chronic and preventable diseases in the U.S.?
Colangelo: AMGA Foundation’s work is so important for
preventing and improving the course of chronic diseases in the U.S. because of
the large reach of its member groups, which provide medical care for nearly one
third of Americans. The Foundation sets goals for care improvement and provides
resources and best practice sharing opportunities to help participant groups
achieve those goals. Medical issues related to diabetes, hypertension, and
obesity already account for a significant part of medical spend in the U.S. The
enhanced care provided to large numbers of these patients should result in
improved medical outcomes.
AMGA Foundation: Over the past couple of years, you have
become one of our most consistent annual fund donors, in addition to being a
stellar program participant. What are your personal reasons for championing AMGA
Foundation? Why would you encourage others to donate?
Colangelo: I have personally participated in a number of the
chronic care initiatives and best practice learning opportunities sponsored by
the Foundation on behalf of Premier and have seen firsthand the excellence of
each activity. These positive experiences have led me to believe that the
Foundation’s goal of improving 100 million American lives by 2025 is realistic.
I hope that my annual fund donations can play a role in achieving that
impressive goal, and I encourage others who participate in AMGA Foundation’s
activities to consider supporting the Foundation, too.