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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and Atrius Health Sign Alternative Quality Contract
Date:7/20/2009

Two leaders in Massachusetts healthcare collaborate to transform delivery of care.

Boston, MA (Vocus) July 20, 2009 -- Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Inc. (BCBSMA) and Atrius Health announced today that they have signed a new five-year Alternative Quality Contract (AQC). Both organizations have a track record of innovation and this collaboration provides a framework for improving the quality and affordability of care in a patient-centered way.

This contract includes more than 800 physicians affecting more than 106,000 BCBSMA members. Atrius Health has the highest number of physicians of any organization yet to sign the new contract - the contract also doubles the number of BCBSMA HMO members touched by the AQC. With the addition of Atrius Health, the AQC now includes approximately 2300 physicians providing care for more than 210,000 BCBSMA HMO members in total.

Atrius Health is an alliance of five non-profit multi-specialty groups that includes Dedham Medical Associates, Granite Medical, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, South Shore Medical Center, and Southboro Medical Group. As the largest independent physician alliance in Massachusetts, Atrius Health medical groups work together to provide an integrated system of care and coordination of treatment for each patient - a structure that directly aligns with the AQC. The AQC aims to reduce fragmentation of care - resulting in better coordination of care for pati
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