|Colorado Business Group On Health Expands Bridges To Excellence Program
In its first two years, the Colorado Business Group on
Health’s (CBGH) Bridges to Excellence (BTE) program has grown to
more than 170 doctors, four health plans, eight employers and now
includes the Front Range region of Colorado.
"The success of BTE in Colorado is part of a growing
trend of public and private payers working together to drive health
system improvement," said Donna Marshall, executive director of CBGH,
which works to improve the value and quality of healthcare. "This
effort started as a pilot in 2006 with the El Paso County Medical
Society and Mountain View Medical Group in Colorado Springs and
we’re pleased to announce the participation of Centura Health,
the Public Employees’ Retirement Association and the State of
For the first half of 2008, more than $20,000 in
incentives have been paid by employers and health plans to 24
physicians who have met quality standards monitored by the National
Committee for Quality Assurance for providing care to patients in the
Denver and Colorado Springs regions. Total rewards paid to date are
more than $35,000. Focus has also been expanded beyond diabetes to
include cardiac care.
"We fully support the Bridges to Excellence efforts,
with 15 of our practices qualifying," said Dr. Jay Krakovitz, chief
medical officer of Physician Health Partners. "This program fits with
our philosophy to pair up the primary care physician and the chronic
disease patient to increase the likelihood of a better outcome."
"BTE was created to address a fundamental goal of
improving the quality of healthcare and we want doctors to know that
delivering better care now has tangible personal and professional
benefits.Colorado is helping lead the way to measurably improve quality
of care in the United States," commented BTE CEO Francois de Brantes.
Address: Colorado Business Group on Health, 200 S. Sheridan Blvd., Denver, CO 80226; (303) 922-0939, www.coloradohealthonline.org.