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Colorado Business Group on Health Expands Bridges to Excellence Physician Recognition and Rewards Program

Number of doctors grows to more than 170 and three large employers join with addition of Centura Health, the Public Employees' Retirement Association and the State of Colorado

DENVER, Sept. 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In its first two years, efforts to improve the quality of care for patients with diabetes and cardiac disease have grown significantly throughout Colorado. Led by the Colorado Business Group on Health, Bridges to Excellence is a physician incentive program that rewards doctors who provide top quality care for patients. The program has grown to more than 170 doctors, four health plans, eight employers and now includes the Front Range region of Colorado.

"The success of BTE in Colorado is part of a growing trend of public and private payers working together to drive health system improvement," said Donna Marshall, executive director of CBGH, which works to improve the value and quality of health care. "This effort started as a pilot in 2006 with the El Paso County Medical Society and Mountain View Medical Group in Colorado Springs and we're pleased to announce the participation of Centura Health, the Public Employees' Retirement Association and the State of Colorado."

For the first half of 2008, more than $20,000 in incentives have been paid by employers and health plans to 24 physicians who have met quality standards monitored by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) for providing care to patients in the Denver and Colorado Springs regions. Total rewards paid to date are more than $35,000. Focus has also been expanded beyond diabetes to include cardiac care.

"We fully support the Bridges to Excellence efforts, with 15 of our practices qualifying," said Jay Krakovitz MD, and chief medical officer of Physician Health Partners. "This program fits with our philosophy to pair up the primary care physician and the chronic disease patient to increase the likelihood of a better outcome."

BTE CEO Francois de Brantes commented, "BTE was created to address a fundamental goal of improving the quality of health care and we want doctors to know that delivering better care now has tangible personal and professional benefits. Colorado is helping lead the way to measurably improve quality of care in the United States."

About the Colorado Business Group on Health

Founded in 1996, the Colorado Business Group on Health (CBGH) is a non-profit organization representing employers and purchaser organizations and more than 300,000 covered lives in Colorado. The organization collaborates with health plans, providers and purchasers to improve the value and quality of health care. It is a catalyst in promoting cost effective delivery of quality health care to the benefit of the community. For more information about the Colorado Business Group on Health, please visit

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

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