|Hudson Health Plan Receives Grant To Evaluate Physician P4P Incentives
Hudson Health Plan has received a $197,000 grant from
the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to measure the effectiveness
of pay-for-performance (P4P) incentives to physicians in reducing
disparities in diabetes care for racial and ethnic minorities.
The grant, awarded as part of RWJF’s national
program, "Finding Answers: Disparities Research for Change," will help
fund a study to evaluate whether incentive bonuses can guide physician
behavior and improve the quality of care for minority patients.
Minority group members account for approximately 75
percent of the 77,000 individuals enrolled in Hudson Health Plan, a
not-for-profit managed care organization providing free and low-cost
public insurance in New York state’s lower Hudson Valley.
"We are delighted to receive a grant from Robert Wood
Johnson Foundation," said Georganne Chapin, president and CEO, Hudson
Health Plan. "It is significant that we, a relatively small health plan
serving low-income people, have been recognized by such a distinguished
She stressed the far-reaching consequences of the
project, saying, "All of the research shows that there are healthcare
disparities by income, race and ethnicity. While we endeavor to serve
all of our members equally, we want to fully understand what
interventions and best practices will help reduce these disparities."
The grant was given to conduct an evaluation of Hudson
Health Plan’s existing diabetes P4P program, "Supporting
Excellence: Rewarding Quality Diabetes Management." The project will
gather clinical and claims data for approximately 1,700 Hudson Health
Plan members with diabetes, 18 years and older, and evaluate whether
providing physicians with patient- specific actionable information,
coupled with incentive bonuses, spurs physicians to consistently
deliver high-quality care.
The project will also track these members’
hospitalization rates and emergency room visits to quantify whether
quality care reduces utilization rates.
Research results are expected to be available in late
2009. Initial validation, sorting and analysis of the data of Hudson
Health Plan members with diabetes will be conducted at the plan. The
plan will remove the patients’ names from the data set and send
it to Meredith Rosenthal, associate professor of health economics and
policy, department of health policy and management at the Harvard
School of Public Health, who will conduct the formal evaluation of the
Address: Hudson HealthPlan, 303 South Broadway, Suite 321, Tarrytown, NY 10591; (800) 399-4557, www.hudsonhealthplan.org.