|Massachusetts Doctors Receive BTE Bonuses
For the fifth consecutive year, Bridges to Excellence (BTE) will pay bonuses to recognized doctors in Massachusetts.
Rewards paid to-date in the Commonwealth total more than
$2.5 million. The BTE programs in Massachusetts have enabled more than
1,000 physicians to make significant improvements in their systems and
processes, with approximately 240 doctors recognized with rewards in
"BTE has provided direction and focus for our
physicians’ efforts to redesign their practices and improve their
care for several years now," said Dr. Thomas H. Lee, network president
for Partners Healthcare System. "The criteria for certification provide
the direction, and the financial rewards provide the focus."
Research shows BTE-recognized doctors provide better quality and more efficient care, BTE said.
A recent study demonstrates that BTE-recognized primary
care physicians in Massachusetts provide better quality of care at a
comparatively lower overall cost than their non-recognized peers. This
research looked at physicians that had transformed their practices
using good systems and were actively managing their patients, and found
that inpatient stays were lower across all patients as evaluation and
management increased, BTE said.
BTE said to make it easier for doctors to participate,
it is working closely with the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative
(MAeHC), an initiative of the physician community to bring together the
state’s major healthcare stakeholders to establish an electronic
medical records system, to accelerate the BTE recognition process and
ease the reporting burden for doctors.
This is part of BTE’s pilots to test the
submission of electronic medical record data for performance assessment
and rapid feedback loops to physicians. BTE and MAeHC will partner in
2009 to set up the data streams that will allow physicians to
voluntarily elect to have their data sent to an independent assessor
– Masspro – to achieve BTE recognition. The availability of
real-time, credible data will make it easier for doctors to participate
and health plans to implement pay-for-performance programs.
Through participation in three of BTE’s programs
– Physician Office Link, Diabetes Care Link and Cardiac Care Link
– Massachusetts’ employers, providers, coalitions and
quality improvement organizations are working together to improve care
processes and systems of care – directly impacting and improving
the quality of healthcare delivered to patients in Massachusetts.
Address: Bridges to Excellence, 13 Sugar St., Newtown, CT 06470; www.bridgestoexcellence.org.