Better Care, Lower Cost
2012 marked three years since we introduced the Alternative Quality Contract (AQC), a groundbreaking payment model that rewards providers for quality, efficiency and effectiveness rather than quantity of care.
By the end of the year, more than three-quarters of the contracted primary care providers and specialists in our HMO network were participating in the AQC. The results of the AQC to date, including those from a formal evaluation by Harvard Medical School researchers, show that its use is improving patient care while slowing the growth in health care spending.
A September 30, 2012 editorial in The New York Times, entitled, "How Insurers Can Help," said this of the AQC: "The experience with Massachusetts Blue Cross suggests that global payments can help change the culture of medical practice. If this model shaves just a few percentage points off the spending growth rate, total health care expenditures in the nation could drop by tens of billions of dollars a year, saving trillions over the next two decades."Download our AQC White Paper