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Massachusetts Employers and Health Plans Continue to Support Quality Care by Rewarding Physicians through Bridges to Excellence Programs
Date:9/24/2007

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Through participation in three of BTE's programs -- Physician Office Link, Diabetes Care Link and Cardiac Care Link -- Massachusetts' employers and health plans are working together to improve care processes and systems of care. These efforts are in alignment with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Value-Driven Health Care Initiative to improve health care quality, information, and cost-effectiveness for employees and their families, put forward and supported by Secretary Mike Leavitt.

Physicians who achieve recognition through one of the National Committee for Quality Assurance's corresponding recognition programs earn bonuses for treating employees of the participating employers. Alternatively, physicians can achieve recognition for the Physician Office Link program through MassPRO, the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization in Massachusetts. A large number of physician practices work with consultants from MassPRO on the Doctor's Office Quality-Information Technology (DOQ-IT) initiative, a program funded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services that is designed to assist physician practices in the adoption and implementation of health information

technology. Physicians enrolled in both BTE and DOQ-IT were able to achieve recognition for the Physician Office Link program through MassPRO.

"Everyone involved -- the practice, employers and health plans -- worked very hard to make the program a success," said George Chedraoui, Global Well- being and Health Benefits Leader for IBM Corporation and a BTE board member. "And, as a result, we know that the investments we all made will pay off long term, not only in the quality of care for our employees but for the community as well, and we're committed to building on that success."

BTE programs meet three of the Value-Driven Health Care Initiative's Four Cornerstones because they enable employers to (1) recognize and reward physicians for the a
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