Ten physician groups earned $16.7 million in incentive payments for improving the quality of care delivered to patients with heart conditions and diabetes during the second year of a CMS demonstration project, the agency announced.
All participants in the Physician Group Practice Demonstration achieved performance goals on at least 25 out of 27 quality markers for patients with diabetes, coronary artery disease and congestive heart failure. The demonstration project rewards healthcare providers for improving outcomes and coordinating the overall healthcare needs of Medicare patients assigned to the groups.
The groups include: Billings (Mont.) Clinic; Dartmouth-Hitchcock Clinic, Bedford, N.H.; the Everett (Wash.) Clinic; Forsyth Medical Group, Winston-Salem, N.C.; Geisinger Clinic, Danville, Pa.; Marshfield (Wis.) Clinic; Middlesex Health System, Middletown, Conn.; Park Nicollet Health Services, St. Louis Park, Minn.; St. John’s Health System, Springfield, Mo.; and the University of Michigan Faculty Group Practice, Ann Arbor.
Five of the physician groups—Forsyth Medical Group, Geisinger Clinic, Marshfield Clinic, St. John’s Health System and the University of Michigan Faculty Group Practice—reached performance goals on all 27 quality measures. For more information on the project, please click here
. -- by Jennifer Lubell
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