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

ents and improved patient outcomes.

"The AQC gives physicians the flexibility to change how they manage patient care - dedicating time, resources, and administration to focus on the quality of care provided rather than only the quantity of care," said Cleve Killingsworth, BCBSMA's chairman and chief executive officer. "By signing the AQC, these physicians have demonstrated their commitment to improving the quality, safety, and affordability of the health care services they provide."

"The medical groups in Atrius Health have years of experience with outstanding quality and global payments. We appreciate the vision of BCBSMA to transform Massachusetts healthcare with a comprehensive payment structure that allows our physicians and other medical professional to focus on providing the best care for our patients," said Gene Lindsey, MD, President & CEO of Atrius Health.

The AQC is designed to improve the quality of care BCBSMA's members receive and cut current annual medical cost trends in half. It moderates cost increases through the delivery of better care, resulting in more predictable and affordable premium increases. Opportunities to achieve savings under the AQC include reduction in duplicative services, use of more cost-effective services and providers, and the elimination of potentially preventable costly services, such as certain hospital complications and readmissions.

As of January 2009, the following hospitals and provider groups have agreed to Alternative Quality Contracts: Mount Auburn Hospital and the affiliated Mount Auburn Cambridge Independent Practice Association (MACIPA), Hampden County Physician Associates, LLC (HCPA), Tufts Medical Center and the affiliated New England Quality Care Alliance (NEQCA), Signature Healthcare Corporation including Brockton Hospital, and Lowell General Hospital.

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