Health insurer WellPoint Inc. said on Tuesday it is beginning to gauge the health of its 34 million members using an index of measures, and is linking its employees' bonuses to progress in that index.
The company, which is the largest U.S. health insurer by membership, introduced a health index that it will apply to all of its insurance plans.
The index includes 20 different clinical areas, which involve prevention and screening, management of chronic diseases, clinical outcomes and patient safety.
For example, the company will measure whether diabetics are getting necessary eye exams, emergency room visits for asthmatics, breast-cancer screenings for women, and immunizations for children.
Five percent of bonuses for each of WellPoint's 42,000 employees will be linked to improvement in the health index, the company said.