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Alternative Quality Contract

We believe that doctors and hospitals should be rewarded for delivering high-quality patient care and for helping to keep our members healthy.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts has developed an innovative way to pay for care that focuses on promoting quality and rewards positive health outcomes. Our Alternative Quality Contract has become a model for state and national policymakers.

Alternative Quality Contract Results
According to Harvard Medical School researchers, the Alternative Quality Contract is improving the quality of patient care while simultaneously slowing the growth in health care spending.

Read a summary of pdf Harvard's Alternative Quality Contract study

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Who's participating in the Alternative Quality Contract?

You can also learn more about our Alternative Quality Contract results in these videos.

Children's Hospital Boston and its two physician groups, Children's Physicians' Organization and the Pediatric Physician Organization at Children's (PPOC), are the latest provider groups to join the AQC.

The agreement with Children's and their physician groups is especially important since they are the first pediatric-only hospital and physician groups to sign the contract. This agreement provides further evidence that this innovative payment model can work for a variety of different types of hospitals and physicians, no matter what their size or specialty.
Childrens In this video, representatives from both Children's Hospital and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts talk more about the significance of this agreement.
In the videos below, representatives of Atrius Health, Accountable Care Associates in Hampden County, Massachusetts, and Lowell General Physician Hospital Organization talk about their experiences with the Alternative Quality Contract (AQC). They agree the AQC is helping them provide higher quality and more affordable care.
Atrius Hampden Lowell
AQC Seminar To support the efforts of doctors and hospitals that have signed the AQC, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts is collaborating with our AQC providers in new ways. One way is a seven-month seminar series, which we sponsor, to help health care leaders further develop the skills needed to better manage their organizations and lead the change necessary to thrive under this new contract.
Dana Safran In this video, Dana Safran, Senior Vice President for Performance Measurement and Improvement at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, talks about how doctors and hospitals are improving the quality of patient care under the AQC.



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