Payers, providers and purchasers are teaming up in an effort to improve the quality of healthcare received by some 55,000 American Airline employees in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
In a program called Aim for Excellence, a group of almost 100 primary-care physicians will be evaluated on how well they follow national guidelines for the treatment of heart disease, stroke and diabetes over a 12-month period. They will be compared with other physicians in UnitedHealthcare's north Texas network as well with the National Committee for Quality Assurance's Health Plan Employer Data and Information Set, or HEDIS, measures.
A second phase of the project will involve providing feedback and resources to physicians to help them follow the guidelines. A third phase will include reporting results and recognizing participating physicians.
"This differs from our existing wellness programs in that we are working directly with area physicians and our health plan administrator to proactively manage the care of at-risk patients," said Virginia Nisbet, director of health strategies at American Airlines, in a news release. Nisbet is also board president of the Dallas-Fort Worth Business Group on Health. "It's a step in the right direction to ensure patients receive the right care at the right time."