The Integrated Healthcare Association, Oakland, Calif., says seven California health plans paid a combined $55 million last year to physician groups participating in its pay-for-performance program. The 2006 payouts, which topped the prior year’s total payout by $1 million, were made to physician groups for performance measures gauging clinical care, patient satisfaction and the use of information technology during 2005. According to the IHA, physician groups in 2005 reported screening 60,000 more women for cervical cancer, testing 12,000 more diabetics and administering 30,000 more childhood immunizations than during the previous year for their patients enrolled in participating health plans. Since IHA began measuring performance in 2003, incentive payments to California physician groups have totaled roughly $145 million, the organization says. About 35,000 physicians in 210 groups are eligible for payments under the program. The IHA is a not-for-profit leadership group that promotes quality improvement, accountability and healthcare affordability in California. The health insurers participating in the pay-for-performance program include Aetna, Blue Cross of California, Blue Shield of California, Cigna Corp., Health Net of California, UnitedHealth Group’s PacifiCare subsidiary and Western Health Advantage.
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