CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield is the first health plan to fund direct financial incentives for physicians who take specific steps to promote the delivery of safe, high quality care through the Bridges to Excellence Physician Office Link program. CareFirst has embarked on a three-year, $4.5 million project through which at least 50,000 of its members will benefit from this BTE recognition and reward program. In addition to providing funding for physician financial incentives, CareFirst will provide participating physicians with technical assistance and reimbursement for the required NCQA certification process. The partnership with BTE is part of a larger CareFirst effort to raise the bar on health care quality and patient safety.

Physician Office Link
*Learn more about how to become an NCQA Recognized Physician*

CareFirst selected 30 primary care practices serving diverse populations throughout its Northern Virginia, Washington, D.C., Maryland and Delaware service areas to participate in the three-year pilot.


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Regional Contact(s)
Contact Information
Ann Doyle
Program Manager
Quality & Patient Safety

[email protected]

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Recognized Practices
Recognized Physicians
Rewards Paid
For a complete list of NCQA Recognized Physicians please visit NCQA at

Physician practice recruitment was performed during the first quarter of 2005. CareFirst’s goal is to have selected participating practices certified before the end of 2005.

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"CareFirst is Feeling Well" Health insurer lists lower profits as part of 2005 accomplishments (M. William Salganik of the Baltimore Sun)- January 22, 2006

While Potential Congressional Action Exists On Pay for Performance (PFP), Leaders Share Their Findings From The National Rewarding Results PFP Project. Read comments from Peter Basch here...Rewarding Results PFP Press Conference. November 15, 2005

Physicians, Business, Government & Industry Embrace Common Strategy to Improve Health Care: Pay for Performance.- March 28, 2005

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Serving Maryland, Delaware, the District of Columbia and portions of Virginia, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Delaware are independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield names and symbols are registered trademarks of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. CareFirst is a registered trademark of CareFirst of Maryland, Inc.