Navigation Links
Bridges to Excellence Launches Medical Home Program
Date:1/31/2008

Doctors can qualify for up to $100,000 in bonuses

WASHINGTON, Jan. 31 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today Bridges to Excellence (BTE), the nation's largest effort to reward physicians for delivery of high quality care, announced its support of the medical home approach to providing health care by launching the BTE Medical Home Program. The initiative will reward physicians that demonstrate they have adopted really good systems and processes of care, and are using those systems to deliver positive results in the management of their patients -- in particular patients with chronic conditions.

BTE's Medical Home recognition is a natural extension of its current programs and will be automatically triggered when doctors achieve a certain level of performance in BTE's Physician Office Link Program and at least two of BTE's condition-specific programs, such as the Diabetes Care Link, Cardiac Care Link and Spine Care Link.

Medical home

A medical home provides patients with access to quality health care from doctors who practice evidence-based guidelines; use appropriate health information technology; and demonstrate the use of "best practices" while being accountable for the quality and value of care.

The medical home approach was initially developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics and has been fully endorsed by the American Academy of Family Physicians, American College of Physicians and the American Osteopathic Association. Members of the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative, a coalition of major employers, consumer groups, and other stakeholders including BTE, have joined with organizations representing physicians to develop and advance the patient-centered medical home.

"The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) believes everyone should have a personal medical home -- a family physician who serves as the focal point through which they receive acute, chronic and preventive medical services," said Jim King, MD, president of the AAFP. "BTE's efforts to support the medical home can significantly boost the growing momentum of this patient- centered model of care. The AAFP has long worked to foster ongoing relationships between family physicians and their patients by empowering its members to provide accessible, accountable, comprehensive, integrated, patient-centered, scientifically valid care to all patients."

David C. Dale, MD, FACP, president of the American College of Physicians (ACP) noted, "The ACP, with our physician colleagues, believes the patient- centered medical home (PCMH) can serve as a framework for improving the U.S. health care delivery system. Practices electing to become a PCMH commit to providing care that recognizes the true value of partnership between patients and their personal physicians -- who in turn accept the accountability and responsibility of improving the quality of care. The Bridges to Excellence Medical Home program is designed to support this transformation of health care and ACP welcomes the opportunity to work with BTE as the program evolves."

Rewards and cost savings

Through participation in the BTE Medical Home recognition, doctors can receive an annual bonus payment of $125 for each patient covered by a participating employer, with a suggested maximum yearly incentive of $100,000.

"Our research shows that patients who are well taken care of cost less," said Francois de Brantes, BTE CEO. "The average potential savings per covered life would be approximately $250 a year."

How physicians can participate

Recognized physicians will be awarded a BTE Medical Home distinction in addition to the other Program recognitions because they have demonstrated that they have adopted and are effectively using advanced systems of care to produce good results for their patients.

Physicians who achieve a Level 2 or Level 3 in BTE's Physician Office Link (POL) Program as well as a Level 2 in two other BTE programs -- Diabetes Care Link, Cardiac Care Link or Spine Care Link -- will achieve BTE Medical Home recognition.

"For patients, a medical home can potentially be the difference between a series of episodic office visits and an ongoing two-way relationship with their physician," said National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) President Margaret E. O'Kane. "Patients whose doctors practice at a medical home typically experience better-coordinated care and are more engaged in their health. That's what we all want from our health care system."

Bridges to Excellence's POL was developed in collaboration with NCQA, a leading health care quality organization, in 2003 as a means to reward physicians that adopt good processes and systems of care, including adoption of electronic medical records. Today there are a number of ways for physicians to be recognized under BTE's POL program: complete NCQA's new version of its Physician Practice Connections program for patient-centered medical homes, complete the NCQA's standard version of the Physician Practice Connections, or complete the BTE Office Systems Survey co-developed with the Quality Improvement Organizations (QIOs) and is administered by QIOs such as MassPRO and IPRO.

"Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies are working to transform the traditional primary care doctor's office into a central point for Americans to organize and coordinate their health care and develop patient-centered medical home demonstration sites throughout the U.S.," said Allan Korn, MD, senior vice president and chief medical officer of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. "Initiatives such as the BTE Medical Home recognition may assist us in accomplishing our goals to impact patient health and costs and are an important step toward reengineering medical practices."

About Bridges to Excellence

Bridges to Excellence (BTE) is a non-profit coalition-based organization created to encourage significant leaps in the quality of care by recognizing and rewarding health care providers who demonstrate that they deliver safe, timely, effective, and patient-centered care. BTE works with large employers, health plans, providers and a wide range of organizations that have a shared goal of improving quality and patient outcomes. For more information, visit http://www.bridgestoexcellence.org.


'/>"/>
SOURCE Bridges to Excellence (BTE)
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Bridges to Excellence Announces New Implementation Programs for Health Plans and Additions to Board of Directors
2. Massachusetts Employers and Health Plans Continue to Support Quality Care by Rewarding Physicians through Bridges to Excellence Programs
3. Einstein honors Dr. Stanley Nathenson with Marshall S. Horwitz Faculty Prize for Research Excellence
4. Brown named Center of Excellence in Geriatric Medicine and Training
5. Alzheimers Foundation of America Awards Excellence in Dementia Care Status to First Adult Day Center, More Long-Term Care Settings
6. Developing Excellence in Alliance
7. Hospice Caring, Inc. Earns Seal of Excellence and Elects New Board Member
8. Mayo Clinics Dr. Ronald C. Petersen Awarded Leon Thal Prize for Excellence in Dementia Research
9. Sharp HealthCare Receives 2007 Presidential Award for Quality and Performance Excellence
10. Center For Excellence to Fund Analysis of Michigan State Retiree Health Care Reforms
11. North Dakota Grants Enova Medical Technologies a $2.5 Million Centers of Excellence Grant
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/11/2016)... ... , ... Florida Hospital presents Heart Health Awareness night on Sunday February 14th, ... Amalie Arena. The puck drops at 6:00pm, but fans will have the opportunity to ... the game. The MEGA Heart will be located on Ford Thunder Alley and provide ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... IL (PRWEB) , ... February 11, 2016 , ... ... to the healthcare industry, ranked among the top five firms in the “2015/2016 ... and HIT Implementation Support and Staffing. KLAS is a research and insights firm ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... ... ... In a new paper published in the latest issue ... Rohrich, and colleagues, examine and underscore the importance of upper lateral cartilage in ... this vital area. , The upper lateral cartilage in rhinoplasty, refers to a ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... ... February 11, 2016 , ... "What ... and author Ray Clarke poses a question as a challenge for his readers ... book, "Being in the Being" (published by Partridge Singapore), Clarke explores the subject ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... ... February 11, 2016 , ... Colorado spine surgeon, Donald Corenman, MD, ... spine surgeons to know in 2016 . The list consists of spine surgeons across ... , Dr. Corenman understands the importance of clinical excellence; he has been awarded ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/11/2016)... 11, 2016 F ast ... answers at the point ... of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, has launched a ... reviewed clinical information via a mobile device. Elsevier designed the mobile app ... The new app is available in Android and iOS ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... investment" by Bruce Montgomery , one of this area,s most prominent biotech executives, and his ... , PhD. Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160211/332242 ... ... ... Kawas said the round was intended to be an $8 million raise but ...
(Date:2/11/2016)...  AcelRx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ACRX ) today ... the 38th annual John A. Boswick , ... being held February 14-18, 2016 in Hawaii ... in wound healing, burn care, and infection control, and ... Burns Association, Academy of Physicians in Wound Care and ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: