There is a new national listing of pay-for-performance programs available online developed by the Leapfrog Group, with support from the Commonwealth Fund and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Called the Leapfrog Incentive and Reward Compendium, the database to date lists 77 programs nationwide, including 17 that incorporate Leapfrog standards of computerized physician order entry, evidence-based hospital referrals and hospital intensivist programs.
The groups said they created the list to help raise awareness among healthcare purchasers, providers and plans to help drive improvements in the quality of care.
The list includes programs with both financial and nonfinancial incentives. It is searchable by state for programs targeting hospitals, physicians, consumers and health plans, but it also can create a nationwide list. Each listing has a short description of the scope and methodology of the incentive scheme.
Suzanne Delbanco, chief executive officer of the Leapfrog Group, said the primary focus of the list was to draw attention to the programs out there now that are rewarding or recognizing quality improvement programs, and to facilitate tracking new programs as they come online.
"We created it so that viewers could actively submit information so we don't have to do the original legwork again," she said. Leapfrog staff will continue to adminster the site to ensure the quality of the postings.
Leapfrog was founded by the Business Roundtable, a group of CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, and counts as members more than 170 firms and entities that purchase health insurance for their employees.
A number of Leapfrog members are large enough to be self-insured and some have shown interest in setting up their own quality improvement rewards programs, "but I think for the most part, they are eager to see health plans build in recognition for quality," she said.
To see the list, click here.