Recognition and Reward - 04/19/2018
Physicians are dedicated to improving the health of their patients, but they want to be compensated for it. Health plans and employers want to see costs come down alongside quality improvements. The TMA House of Delegates voted to support best-practice models like the Bridges to Excellence (BTE) program to help physicians prepare for a value-based care system that will start paying them based on quality measures. BTE measures the quality of care delivered by physicians and other clinicians. Many payers have adopted the program to financially reward those who earn BTE recognition. The program emphasizes managing patients with chronic conditions and offers recognition in more than a dozen different areas, including diabetes, cardiac care, depression, and medical home readiness.