Patient visits to Cambridge Health Alliance are below expectations so far this year, officials at the institution say.

From Cambridge Health Alliance, Feb. 14: Cambridge Health Alliance, a community health system serving Cambridge, Somerville and Boston’s Metro-North region, has been named to Harvard Pilgrim Health Care’s 12th annual Physician Group Honor Roll.

The Honor Roll highlights 61 physician groups in Massachusetts, Maine and New Hampshire that have achieved “exceptional” results in their approach to disease prevention and the treatment of acute and chronic illness for adult and pediatric patients, ranking among the top 25 percent of those measured nationally on a set of composite quality metrics.

“This recognition validates our approach to serving our complex patients as well as our commitment to quality and patient experience of care,” said Assaad Sayah, the alliance’s chief medical officer. “It signals we are a leading care provider for our communities and is critical as quality performance information increasingly becomes a tool that the public uses in selecting providers.”

Harvard Pilgrim chose the Honor Roll physician groups based on clinical performance measured against national standards set by the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set, a tool developed for the National Committee for Quality Assurance to assess the clinical performance of doctors and other medical professionals. Harvard Pilgrim reviewed performance in acute, chronic and preventive care and identified physician groups as Honor Roll practices based on achievement in 16 measures including asthma management, comprehensive diabetes care and breast cancer screenings.

Honor Roll practice providers are noted in Harvard Pilgrim content in print and online.