|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
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.