About Us

BTE Partners

BTE was developed by employers, physicians, health care services researchers and other industry experts with a simple mission: to create significant leaps in the quality of care by recognizing and rewarding health care providers who demonstrate that they have implemented comprehensive solutions in the management of patients and deliver safe, timely, effective, efficient, equitable and patient-centered care.  BTE partners closely with its participating health plans as well as the other organizations listed below.



Discern Consulting

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Discern provides technical support and project management for BTE implementation in business coalition markets across the country.  Discern has also developed ROI models to help employers quantify the value of BTE programs.  Discern specializes in decision analysis and support – including ROI analysis, financial modeling, and simulation – with a special emphasis on healthcare pay-for-performance. 


HealthGrades (NASDAQ: HGRD) is the leading healthcare quality ratings and services company and is dedicated to guiding America to better healthcare. Millions of consumers and many of the nation’s largest employers, health plans and hospitals rely on HealthGrades’ independent ratings and decision-support resources to make healthcare decisions based on quality of care. HealthGrades has partnered with Bridges to Excellence to host physician and practice enrollment through their Physician Online Services site. HealthGrades’ Physician Quality Reports for consumers and Strategic Health Solutions products feature Bridges to Excellence physician and practice recognitions.

The Leapfrog Group 


The Leapfrog Group is made up of more than 170 companies and organizations that buy health care. Leapfrog and its members work together to:
• Reduce preventable medical mistakes and improve the quality and affordability of health care.
• Reward doctors and hospitals for improving the quality, safety and affordability of health care.
• Encourage public reporting of health care quality and outcomes so that consumers and purchasing organizations can make more informed health care choices.
• Help consumers reap the benefits of making smart health care decisions.

Michael Pine and Associates (MPA)

Contact MPA at: 773-643-1700 or e-mail [email protected] 

MPA, the nation’s premier analytic consulting firm confronting the challenges of monitoring and improving the clinical quality and cost-effectiveness of health care, has been a driving force behind health care pay-for-performance initiatives since their inception.  MPA specializes in meeting clients’ data management, data analysis, and systems development needs.  As the Recognition Data Exchange (RDE) vendor for BTE, MPA is responsible for linking physician records across plans, generating aggregate patient counts for eligible physicians, and managing the flow of information among RDE partners.

MPA is also available to help participating physicians "risk adjust" their data to account for the relative health of the patients they treat.

National Business Coalition on Health (NBCH)

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With generous financial support from Aventis and Novo Nordisk, NBCH has launched an initiative to help local business coalitions take a leadership role in the implementation of "Bridges to Excellence" (BTE). NBCH has developed a set of materials to help coalitions and purchasers better understand BTE for implementation within their communities, and will provide technical assistance to coalitions moving BTE forward in their markets.

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Bridges to Excellence does not endorse any particular product or service or any physician or physician group.

Bridges to Excellence relies on third -party performance assessment organizations such as the NCQA and Quality Improvement Organizations to measure a physician or physician's group performance and ability to demonstrate that they meet certain measures of quality care.