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Updated: Aug. 19, 2008
Buyers Health Care Action Group Pilots New P4P Program For Depression

To measure and reward optimal care for patients with depression, the Buyers Health Care Action Group (BHCAG) is leading a new Bridges to Excellence (BTE) program with a pilot in Minnesota.

The Depression Management Care Link pilot will monitor physician and practice performance and improvements; evaluate the impact of better management of depression on costs of care; and understand how the measures could be implemented through electronic medical record systems.

"We hope to make a significant impact on improving the health of our community by providing purchasers and consumers information on which physicians are providing excellent care to people that are depressed," said BHCAG CEO Carolyn Pare. "As an early adopter of BTE for diabetes and cardiovascular care, we hope to apply the same quality improvement, measurement and reward techniques towards the identification and treatment of depression."

Patients complete a screening questionnaire to determine if they are depressed.

A reassessment is done at six months, and continues throughout the course of treatment. As measurement is a critical element in BTE programs, this evaluation tool will be used to measure improvements in patient outcomes and determine program results. The goal is to see improvements in how the patient is feeling in six months, with full recovery in 12 months. Scoring and assessment will be done by MN Community Measurement, a BTE performance assessment organization.

BTE Champions of Change will pay high performing providers per patient in 2009 and participating health plans have committed to paying on the program in 2010.

Champions of Change are employers that have taken the lead in publicly signaling to the medical community that healthcare purchasers want to financially reward providers for delivering optimal care defined by outcomes – not volumes of services performed. Champions of Change employers participating in BTE include: 3M, Carlson Companies, General Electric, Honeywell, Medtronic, Resource Training and Solutions, State of Minnesota Department of Employee Relations, State of Minnesota Department of Human Services, Target Corporation, University of Minnesota and Wells Fargo.

"This effort has the commitment from health plans, support of area employers, the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement and MN Community Measurement," said Charlie Montreuil, vice president of corporate human resources for Carlson Companies, BHCAG board chair and BTE board member. "BTE will evaluate the impact of this pilot program and roll out this effort nationally in 2009."

Address: Buyers Health Care Action Group, 7900 International Dr., Suite 1080, Bloomington, MN 55425; (952) 896-5186, www.bhcag.com.


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