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

im 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
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