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Home / News & IndustryManaged Care Insight and Analysis
Updated: Jan. 20, 2009
HealthPartners Pays Performance Bonuses For Providers

HealthPartners said that primary and specialty care groups earned nearly $678,000 for meeting quality measures on care and patient satisfaction.

Pharmacies were among the providers, making HealthPartners Partners in Quality program one of the few to pay bonuses for pharmacological service. The bonuses are part of the pay-for-performance program which will pay out a total of more than $21 million for goals met in 2007.

Pharmacies were rated in four categories: satisfaction with service, help from a pharmacist, percent of generic drug use in four categories, and improving patients’ adherence to their medication prescriptions. Sixteen chains and independent pharmacies received the bonuses.

The bonuses recognize excellent and superior care for primary care (large and small groups) and pediatric care, as well as several specialty areas in addition to pharmacy: cardiology, OB/GYN, physical therapy, behavioral health and ear, nose and throat.

"By meeting these goals, providers are changing the way they deliver care and that means better results for all patients," said Babette Apland, HealthPartners senior vice president for health and care management. She noted that improved care for diabetes results in 155 fewer amputations and prevents 115 heart attacks and 925 cases of retinopathy every year among HealthPartners members.

HealthPartners Partners in Quality program was introduced in 1997. It rewards providers in practices throughout Minnesota and bordering states. The measures are based on guidelines developed by the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement which represents more than 7,500 physicians in Minnesota.

Address: HealthPartners, 8170 33rd Ave. South, Bloomington, MN 55405; (952) 883-6000, www.healthpartners.com.


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