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Bridges to Excellence Marks Five-Year Anniversary
Date:7/7/2008

Effort has paid millions of dollars in incentives and recognized 10,000 physicians across the U.S.

WASHINGTON, July 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Five years ago a group of employers started with a simple idea and an experiment that incentives can motivate physicians to demonstrate the delivery of quality care. Now as part of a growing movement referred to as pay for performance, Bridges to Excellence (BTE) marks its fifth anniversary as the nation's first and largest effort to reward doctors for delivery of high quality care.

To date, BTE programs have been successfully implemented in more than 18 states with over 80 employers and eight business coalitions, recognizing more than 10,000 physicians throughout the U.S. and paying more than $12 million dollars in incentives.

"Aetna has been profoundly impressed with the work done by BTE," said Troyen Brennan, MD, MPH, chief medical officer, Aetna Inc. "As a pioneer, BTE has shown us how to bring transparent quality measures into the medical marketplace, and create real incentives for doctors to provide effective care. Aetna is basing all of its quality recognition programs on BTE as it is really the industry standard."

As efforts to implement BTE programs gain momentum and payers incorporate incentives for physicians and hospitals for providing better quality care, it's important to apply lessons learned from the past. Bridges to Excellence has developed a report summarizing the past five years and outlining future efforts to accomplish this mission. The report, Five Years On: Bridges Built, Bridges to Build, is publicly available and can be accessed at: http://www.bridgestoexcellence.org.

The report findings include:

- Incentives work, when meaningful and tied to quality reports that are credible and reliable, and that's why BTE has and will continue to focus on medical record data in measuring the quality
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