The Alliance for Community Health Plans called on public and private payers to financially reward superior quality and for both payers and providers to increase public reporting of quality measures. The ACHP, which represents not-for-profit and provider-sponsored health plans, with a combined membership of more than 12 million, said its suggestions stem from recent findings on healthcare quality. The group cited evidence that Americans receive recommended care only half of the time and that Medicare spending is double in some geographic areas with no corresponding difference in quality. It pointed to a provider collaborative in Massachusetts that plans to release performance data as an example of the type of initiative employers and policymakers should encourage. Read the report. -- by Jeff Tieman
Community health plans push pay-for-performance
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