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

raditional fee-for-service contracts. It combines two forms of payment. The first is a global, or fixed, payment per patient adjusted for age, sex, and health status that increases annually in line with inflation. The second payment includes substantial performance incentives tied to the latest nationally accepted measures of quality, effectiveness, and patient experience of care. The contract's global payment covers all services received by a patient, including primary, specialty, and hospital care. So, when a doctor spends more time with a patient and helps the patient avoid an unnecessary hospitalization, the patient receives better care, the doctor and hospital have the potential to receive performance incentives, and the overall costs are less. Employers benefit as the new system moderates cost increases through better care. You can read more about the AQC by visiting www.bluecrossma.com/quality.

Atrius Health
Atrius Health (www.atriushealth.org) is an alliance of five community-based medical groups including Dedham Medical Associates, Granite Medical, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, South Shore Medical Center, and Southboro Medical Group that is committed to making it easy for patients to be healthier. The Massachusetts nonprofit organization was created to enable collaboration on new and better ways of delivering care while maintaining an emphasis on care for the local community. Atrius Health represents more than 800 physicians and over 1,250 other health professionals serving nearly 700,000 patients throughout over 30 sites in eastern Massachusetts.

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