CONTACT: Tara Murray
BOSTON — July 16, 2009 — Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA) applauds today's unanimous vote by the state's Special Commission on the Health Care Payment System. BCBSMA strongly endorses the Commission's recommendations to move away from the current fee-for-service payment system which encourages more care to a global payment system which encourages and rewards safe and effective care.
BCBSMA Chairman and CEO Cleve Killingsworth said the Commission had endorsed a "bold" vision for reforming the delivery of health care. Killingsworth added that a "global payment system is the best way to improve health care quality while reducing costs because it encompasses every stage of care from prevention and treatment to recovery and end-of-life." Killingsworth urged the Patrick Administration and legislative leaders to take swift action to turn today's recommendations into law.
Andrew Dreyfus, a commission member and BCBSMA's executive vice president of health care services, called today's vote "an historic moment for Massachusetts and the nation." Dreyfus added that the commission's recommendations bring the state "a step closer to fulfilling the promise of health reform." Dreyfus noted that BCBSMA has already begun moving to a global payment system with its new Alternative Quality Contract (AQC). Dreyfus said provider adoption of the AQC is occurring at a much faster rate than the company expected which bodes well for the successful implementation of the Commission's recommendations. The AQC combines a global payment along with substantial performance incentives tied to the latest nationally accepted measures of quality, effectiveness and patient experience of care.
For more information about Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts' focus on quality of care and for information on the Alternative Quality Contract, visit: www.bcbsma.com/quality.
Click here to read the Commission's recommendations.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts ( http://www.bluecrossma.com ) was founded more than 70 years ago by a group of community-minded business leaders. Today, headquartered in Boston, BCBSMA provides coverage to more than 3 million members, 2.5 million in Massachusetts. BCBSMA believes in rewarding doctors and hospitals for delivering safe and effective care, and in empowering patients to take more responsibility, become educated health care consumers and become stronger partners with their doctors. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.