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Home / News & IndustryManaged Care Insight and Analysis
Updated: Sept. 30, 2008
Number Of Upper Midwest Clinics Providing Excellence In Treatment Increases

Buyers Health Care Action Group (BHCAG) and Minnesota Bridges to Excellence said that 104 high-performing clinics from 22 medical groups in Minnesota, Western Wisconsin and North Dakota –more than double the number of last year – will be recognized for meeting diabetes and cardiovascular treatment goals.

The Bridges to Excellence effort in Minnesota is sponsored by BHCAG, an employer-based coalition that includes public and private healthcare purchasers including 3M, Carlson Companies, General Electric, Honeywell, Medtronic, Northwest Service Cooperative, Resource Training & Solutions, State of Minnesota Department of Employee Relations, Target Corporation, U.S. Bank, University of Minnesota, Wells Fargo and through the Minnesota Smart Buy Alliance, and the Department of Human Services.

Since the program was started, the Minnesota Bridges to Excellence "Champions of Change" have paid bonuses in excess of $750,000.

This year, the top-performing Minnesota physicians in diabetes and cardiovascular care can earn up to $300 for each patient covered by a participating employer. The reward is based on their patients meeting the specified clinical measures.

"By meeting Bridges to Excellence standards of care, physicians help patients manage their illness and reduce complications that affect people living with these chronic conditions," said Charlie Montreuil, BHCAG Chair and vice president of human resources for Carlson Companies.

The reward provided to each physician is determined by an annual healthcare quality analysis conducted by MN Community Measurement, which provides results on the quality of treatment at more than 600 clinics throughout Minnesota.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States, while more than 17 million Americans have diabetes. The cost for managing these conditions is more than an estimated $300 billion dollars.

BHCAG and Minnesota Bridges to Excellence have also launched a depression care management pilot to its rewards program. The depression management 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.

"The financial incentives provided by this program accelerate physician practice changes and ultimately improve care for diabetic and cardiovascular patients," explained Carolyn Pare, CEO for BHCAG. "Our goal is to convince more providers to strive for the Bridges to Excellence distinction so that consumers will have access to information on high-quality providers throughout Minnesota."

Address Buyers Health Care Action Group, 7900 International Drive, Suite 1080, Bloomington, MN 55405; (952) 896-5186,

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