BCBS ACO Model Improves Pediatric Quality

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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts’ Alternative Quality Contract – the insurer’s version of an ACO -- saw “a small but significant positive effect” on pediatric care quality, according to a study published in Pediatrics.

In 2009, BCBS Massachusetts implemented an AQC, an arrangement that covers baseline continuum care and gives pay-for-performance bonuses for improved quality care metrics.

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Researchers found care quality metrics for children with chronic illness increased by 1.8 percent under an AQC, compared to care quality metrics for children not under an AQC.

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