UMass Memorial Health, BCBS of Massachusetts Ink Accountable Care Contract

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and Worcester, Mass.-based UMass Memorial Health Care have inked a four-year agreement under which the payor will provide UMass physicians with a global budget to care for Blue Cross HMO members, according to a Worcester Telegram & Gazette report.

Under the new Alternative Quality Care contract, physicians who stay within the budget of the global payments will share rewards. If they exceed the budget, the physicians will make up the difference.  

UMass Memorial signed the contract recently, but adjusted its term to start as of Jan. 1, according to the report.

Children's Hospital Boston, Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital, all in Boston, also hold AQC contracts with BCBS Massachusetts. The payor launched the program in 2009.

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