in the Akron-Canton area realize that providing a higher quality
level of care really does pay off. A group of area businesses,
school districts and governments known as The Community Healthcare
Coalition Inc., are launching the Bridges to Excellence (BTE)
program to reward physicians who consistently meet NCQA standards.
BTE was established in 2002 to recognize and reward higher
quality care and is made up of physicians, health plans and
several of the nation's largest employers, including City
of Cincinnati, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center,
General Electric, P&G, UPS and Humana. Since BTEs
launch in June 2003, the number of recognized physicians in
the Ohio market has grown significantly to 118 recognized
physicians-focusing on treating patients with diabetes. From
BTEs initial implementation in Cincinnati, the not-for-profit
organization has administered rewards in excess of $420,000
to Cincinnati area physicians.
Participation: Diabetes Physician
Recognition Program (DPRP)
more about how to become an NCQA Recognized Physician*
- Obtain licensing
- Perform the
administrative functions necessary to identify eligible
physicians and make incentive payments to those treating
diabetic patients with insurance coverage provided by a
- Assist participating
employers with the physician recruiting process.
Children's Hospital Medical Center
Employer Diabetic Patients are being seen by NCQA Recognized
All physician inquires
should be funneled through the participating BTE Health Plan
inquires regarding rewards administration, including patient
counts, please contact either UHC or Humana. MedStat will
not be able to provide this information in the future.
*For more information
regarding Health Plan Licensing please
Benefits of DPRP Certification
physicians in Ohio:
- Are eligible
for an annual bonus payments for diabetic patients with
insurance coverage provided by a participating employer.
- Will receive
recognition for providing the best possible diabetic care
on the following Web sites used by consumers to identify
- The NCQA
Web site, a foremost source of information for consumers
- The American
Diabetes Association's Web site
- The Web
sites of the participating health plans with which the
physician is associated.
- Will benefit
from communications designed by participating employers
educate employees about DPRP certified physicians and the
benefits of seeking treatment from such physicians.
Care Could Mean Extra Cash for Doctors"
(Cheryl Powell for the Beacon Journal)- January