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Blue Cross Blue Shield’s Blueworks Awards

Posted Oct 11 2009 10:01pm 1 Comment

Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) has an awards program called Blueworks which is a collaboration between BCBSA and the Harvard Medical School Department of Health Care Policy according to the Blue Cross Blue Shield website in their Newsroom.

The Blueworks program is in its 5th year and last week they recognized 6 Blue Cross Blue Shield companies with a total of 7 Blueworks Awards for innovative approaches to improving the quality of health care for comsumers. 

Harvard researchers evaluate and choose BCBS companies’ health care programs for recognition based on their innovation, and potential for replication.  BCBSA president and CEO, Scott P. Serota says that the winning programs are great examples of the work Blue Cross Blue Shield companies are doing in the community to improve health care.  They are providing consumers with valuable information needed to help make educated health care decisions. 

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As part of its ongoing efforts to promote high quality affordable health care, Blue Shield California announced today that it is awarding $31 million in bonuses to medical groups and IPA's in California linked to performance.  Nearly half of the payments are part of the Integrated Healthcare Association (IHA) pay-for-performance program which rewards providers for the quality of their health care services, including clinical care, patient experience and use of information technology, based on criteria developed by the IHA.
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