|Bridges To Excellence Pays Massachusetts Doctors 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
Research shows BTE-recognized doctors provide better
quality and more efficient care, BTE said. 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.
Key to the success of this effort which started in
Massachusetts is the participation and collaboration of physicians
including the Lahey Clinic and Partners Healthcare System; employers,
AstraZeneca, EMC, GE, IBM, Raytheon, and Verizon; and health plans,
including BlueCross BlueShield of Massachusetts and Tufts Health Plan,
Making it easier for doctors to participate, BTE said 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.
Address: Bridges to Excellence, 13 Sugar St., Newtown, CT 06470; (203) 270-2906, www.bridgestoexcellence.org.