Navigation Links
First Rewards Paid to New Jersey Doctors Through Participation in Bridges to Excellence

Incentives paid by employers and health plans to physicians meeting quality standards for diabetes care

TRENTON, N.J., March 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Through Bridges to Excellence (BTE), the nation's most extensive effort to recognize and reward high-performing physicians, improve patient health and reduce costs of care, the first rewards are being paid in New Jersey to BTE-recognized doctors. The program was first launched in the Garden State in 2008 by a core group of employers, health plans and physicians working together to address specific goals and standards for quality care for diabetes. Almost 50 physicians will receive the initial incentives.

"The Bridges to Excellence program makes quality a key component in the value equation of health care reform," said Cliff Feldman, executive director, Health and Wellness Benefits for Verizon. "Rewarding doctors who provide higher-quality, evidence-based care, helps drive better results and ultimately lowers health care costs."

Employers instrumental in bringing Bridges to Excellence to New Jersey include Verizon (a founding member of BTE), AstraZeneca, AtlantiCare, Novo Nordisk, Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) and Trump Entertainment Resorts. Aetna has shown its commitment to the success of the program by working with employers to include more New Jersey members in the program, including fully insured members, which has resulted in more opportunity for incentives for participating physicians. Other participating health plans are CIGNA, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey and UnitedHealthcare, with Aetna, CIGNA and UnitedHealthcare paying initial rewards to physicians.

"Improving the quality and cost of health care requires collaboration and commitment from all stakeholders," said Michael Hudson, president, Northeast Region, Health Care Management for Aetna. "Aetna is proud to be a part of BTE and to work with physicians and employers to improve the quality and to increase the efficiency of care delivered to New Jersey's residents and our members. We applaud the physicians who have earned recognition within the BTE program and thank the employers who join us in supporting these efforts."

The physician community has also been receptive to BTE's arrival, with efforts championed by medical groups such as Partners In Care, Corp. (PIC) and Vista Health System IPA. Both organizations have endorsed and are actively driving implementation of BTE in New Jersey.

The BTE Diabetes Care Link (DCL) program is designed to improve the quality of care for patients with diabetes. Physicians who demonstrate they are top performers in diabetes care and employ standards established by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (such as blood pressure and cholesterol control as well as annual foot and eye exams) can earn up to $100 for each diabetic patient covered by a participating employer. Participating employers fund these incentives from the savings they achieve through lower health care costs and increased employee productivity that results from delivery of higher quality diabetes care.

"We are pleased to see this effort progress in New Jersey," said Francois de Brantes, BTE CEO. "Not only will the residents of New Jersey benefit from improved diabetes care through the use of BTE metrics, it is estimated that more than $60 million per year in avoidable health care costs could be saved as a result of this program."

For more information on Bridges to Excellence or to find out how to participate as an employer or a physician, 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

Available Topic Expert(s): For information on the listed expert(s), click appropriate link.

Francois de Brantes

SOURCE Bridges to Excellence
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Mylans Matrix Receives Tentative FDA Approval Under PEPFAR for First Generic, Heat-Stable Version of HIV Protease Inhibitor
2. BridgePoint Medical Completes First U.S. Clinical Case Using CrossBoss and Stingray Devices in CTO Angioplasty Procedure
3. Yankees Will Become First MLB Team to Integrate Highly Advanced Antimicrobial System
4. Cepheid Receives Health Canada License for First On-demand Diagnostic Test for Life-threatening MRSA and S. aureus Infections From Patient Positive Blood Culture Bottles
5. The Nation's First Federally Certified Patient Safety Organization Chooses Quantros Patient Safety Organization Manager
6. Air Methods Announces Year 2008 Financial Results and Provides First Quarter 2009 Update
7. Devicor Medical Products Actively Seeking First Acquisition
8. D.C. Mayor Fenty, Italian Ambassador Help Announce First-Ever Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Cure(R)
9. Security Health Plan Becomes First ICSI Sponsor Outside of Minnesota
10. Less Invasive Interventional Treatment Can Be Recommended as First-Line Treatment for Silent Killer, Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
11. Cell Biosciences Announces First UK System Sale
Post Your Comments:
(Date:10/13/2017)... , ... October 13, 2017 , ... ... serving communities in the greater Dallas, Miami, and Raleigh regions, is organizing an ... to overcome a rare and deadly chromosome abnormality. , After struggling since birth ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... 13, 2017 , ... While it’s often important to take certain medications during ... Austin, Texas, has identified a solution. , She developed a prototype for MOTION LIGHT-UP ... such, it eliminates the need to turn on a light when taking medication during ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... , ... October 13, 2017 , ... PurhealthRX , ... Oil utilizing Purzorb™ technology. Applying the Purzorb™process to full spectrum CBD oil will revolutionize ... providing a CBD form that can be easily incorporated into liquid products, while reducing ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... 13, 2017 , ... Apple Rehab Shelton Lakes , which specializes in ... the facility as part of a disaster drill on October 3rd. , Apple Rehab ... City Emergency Manager, as well as the Connecticut Long Term Care Mutual Aid ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... New York, NY (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2017 , ... ... most influential people in business to advocate for action towards gender equality at their ... 18,000 views from around the globe, and reached a social audience of over 3 ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/11/2017)... IRVING, Texas , Oct. 11, 2017  Caris ... science focused on fulfilling the promise of precision medicine, ... Institute has joined Caris, Precision Oncology Alliance™ (POA) as ... leading cancer centers, the St. Jude Crosson Cancer Institute ... to advance the use of tumor profiling, making cancer ...
(Date:10/7/2017)... , Oct. 6, 2017   Provista, a ... than $100 billion in purchasing power, today announced a ... information. The Newsroom is the online home ... trends, infographics, expert bios, news releases, slideshows and events. ... to a wealth of resources at their fingertips, viewers ...
(Date:10/2/2017)... 2017 Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc. (NYSE: ... Consulting, LLC , and named its founder as Diplomat,s ... Tennessee , will operate under Diplomat ... service offerings for health care partners to include IT ... "In an interoperable world, technology delivers comprehensive ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: