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Blue Cross Alternative Quality Contract Lowers Costs, Improves Patient Care: Study

A Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (Blue Cross) Alternative Quality Contract (AQC) improved quality of patient care and lowered costs in the four years since it was implemented, according to an independent study by Harvard Medical School published in … finish reading Blue Cross Alternative Quality Contract Lowers Costs, Improves Patient Care: Study

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6 Best Practices for Physician Pay-for-Performance Programs

In order to ensure the success of a best practice project for pay-for-performance programs, there are several requirements, including finding a physician to champion and truly lead it, and targeting as large a population as possible, explains Julie Hobson, RN, … finish reading 6 Best Practices for Physician Pay-for-Performance Programs

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High-Quality Care Can Be 14 Percent More Affordable on Average, But with Local Variations

High-quality medical care can be about 14 percent more affordable on average, with significant local variations, according to a new report from UnitedHealth Group’s Center for Health Reform & Modernization. Using data from nearly 250,000 U.S. physicians serving commercially insured … finish reading High-Quality Care Can Be 14 Percent More Affordable on Average, But with Local Variations

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Transformation of Health System Needed to Improve Care, Reduce Costs

Nearly one third of America’s healthcare spending in 2009 – roughly $750 billion – was wasted on unnecessary services, excessive administrative costs, and fraud, among other problems, according to a report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM). Such inefficiencies are … finish reading Transformation of Health System Needed to Improve Care, Reduce Costs

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