|First Rewards Paid To New Jersey Doctors Through Participation In BTE
The first rewards are being paid in New Jersey to Bridges to Excellence (BTE) recognized doctors.
The BTE program was first launched in New Jersey in 2008
by a core group of employers, health plans and physicians working
together to address specific goals and standards for quality care for
Almost 50 physicians will receive the initial incentives.
"The Bridges to Excellence program makes quality a key
component in the value equation of healthcare reform," said Cliff
Feldman, executive director, Health and wellness benefits for Verizon.
"Rewarding doctors who provide higher-quality, evidence-based care,
helps drive better results and ultimately lowers healthcare costs."
Employers instrumental in bringing BTE to New Jersey
include Verizon (a founding member of BTE),AstraZeneca, AtlantiCare,
Novo Nordisk, Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) and Trump
Aetna has shown its commitment to the success of the
program by working with employers to include more New Jersey members in
the program, including fully insured members, which has resulted in
more opportunity for incentives for participating physicians. Other
participating health plans are CIGNA, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of
New Jersey and UnitedHealthcare, with Aetna, CIGNA and UnitedHealthcare
paying initial rewards to physicians.
"Improving the quality and cost of healthcare requires
collaboration and commitment from all stakeholders," said Michael
Hudson, president, Northeast Region, Health Care Management for Aetna.
The physician community has also been receptive to
BTE’s arrival, with efforts championed by medical groups such as
Partners In Care Corp. (PIC) and Vista Health System IPA.
Both organizations have endorsed and are actively driving implementation of BTE in New Jersey.
The BTE Diabetes Care Link (DCL) program is designed to improve the quality of care for patients with diabetes.
Physicians who demonstrate they are top performers in
diabetes care and employ standards established by the National
Committee for Quality Assurance (such as blood pressure and cholesterol
control as well as annual foot and eye exams) can earn up to $100 for
each diabetic patient covered by a participating employer.
Participating employers fund these incentives from the savings they
achieve through lower healthcare costs and increased employee
productivity that results from delivery of higher quality diabetes
"We are pleased to see this effort progress in New
Jersey," said François de Brantes, BTE CEO. "Not only will the
residents of New Jersey benefit from improved diabetes care through the
use of BTE metrics, it is estimated that more than $60 million per year
in avoidable healthcare costs could be saved as a result of this
Address: Bridges to Excellence, 13 Sugar St., Newtown, CT 06470; (203) 270-2906, www.bridgestoexcellence.org.