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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and Northeast Health Systems Physician Hospital Organization Sign Alternative Quality Contract
Date:5/25/2010

itional 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. Visit: www.bluecrossma.com/quality to learn more.

About Northeast Health Systems Physician Hospital Organization, Inc.
Northeast Health Systems Physician Hospital Organization, Inc. is a Management Service Organization (MSO) which provides management services, including contract negotiation and management of pay for performance and risk contracts, on behalf of its owners: New England Community Medical Group (NECoMG) and Northeast Health System (NHS). Both the Physician Organization and the Hospitals affiliated with NHS have been recognized for the quality of care they provide to their patients.

About Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts was founded 73 years ago by a group of community-minded business leaders. Today, headquartered in Boston, BCBSMA provides coverage to nearly 3 million members, 2.5 million in Massachusetts. BCBSM
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