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Updated: Sept. 2, 2008
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 national program."

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 program’s results.

Address: Hudson HealthPlan, 303 South Broadway, Suite 321, Tarrytown, NY 10591; (800) 399-4557, www.hudsonhealthplan.org.


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