Employers Pay Cash Bonuses To Doctors Providing Optimal Diabetes Care

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Thirty-nine clinic sites from 15 medical groups in Minnesota, North Dakota and Western Wisconsin have earned recognition for meeting diabetes treatment goals.

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These goals are established by Bridges to Excellence, a pay-for-performance program that pays health care providers bonuses for optimal care of diseases. The Minnesota Bridges to Excellence effort is sponsored by the employer coalition Buyers Health Care Action Group (BHCAG) and involves 10 private and public health care purchasers including the Carlson Companies, General Electric, Honeywell, 3M, Wells Fargo as well as the Minnesota Department of Human Services and Minnesota Department of Employee Relations.

Bridges to Excellence was created by employers in 2002 to encourage significant leaps in the quality of care by rewarding health care providers who deliver effective and efficient care. This year the top-performing Minnesota physicians in diabetes care will earn $100 for each diabetes patient covered by a participating purchaser. The reward is based on their diabetic patients meeting all five of the following Optimal Diabetes Care clinical measures:

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