Six health plans in a California coalition are distributing $50 million to physicians groups in the state with the best results on standard performance measures. Each plan -- Aetna, Blue Cross, Blue Shield, Cigna, Health Net and PacifiCare -- determined their own payment levels but all based the levels on groups' clinical quality, patient satisfaction and adoption of information technology, said Tom Williams, executive director of the coalition, Integrated Healthcare Association. Some 215 groups participated in the pay-for-performance program. This was the program's first year of pay-outs. Williams said the insurers have distributed an additional $50 million in pay-for-performance bonuses under programs not tied to IHA. -- by Modern Physician/MP Stat
Calif. docs to get $50 million in quality bonuses
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