Bridges to Excellence Participation

Bridges to Excellence is one of the only pay-for-performance models that employers, health plans and providers can participate in nationally. This is because the model is universally adaptable and provides a standard data platform for the exchange of performance data for the purposes of paying rewards to physicians and practices. Over the years, several variations of the model have emerged:

  • Health plans individually launch BTE for their commercial population or administer BTE for their employer customers.
  • National Business Coalition on Health member coalitions implement BTE on behalf of their employers customers.
  • Employers, health plans and providers collaborating in a region or a state, organize specifically for the purposes of implementing BTE.
  • Large provider IPA's encourage and support physicians and practices to become recognized.

The essential similarities in each of these models are: recognition indicators that include clinical data, meaningful rewards to providers for both demonstrated and improved performance, and support by both the BTE principles and the operational framework. All stakeholders play important roles as participants.  The source of each stakeholder’s participation is the common goal of improving the quality of healthcare within the community.  Such improvements in healthcare will yield numerous benefits for patients, providers and payers.

Contact BTE if you are interested in participating.

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Bringing the Stakeholders Together

Market conveners are people or organizations that work with the market to bring together all necessary parties and can be essential to the implementation and success of the local BTE effort. One example of a market convener is an employer coalition. Coalitions often have strong local relationships and the resources to launch and sustain a BTE implementation.

BTE’s Role

Bridges to Excellence (BTE) operations provides both a foundation for plug and play administration and flexibility for participants to add unique elements into the design (reward amounts, measures, performance assessment organizations, etc). The data platform that all participants plug into is the BTE Recognition Data Exchange (RDE).

BTE’s main objective is efficient, simple, timely and accurate administration of the program by:

  • Providing one platform for multiple recognition program operations;
  • Providing an appropriate level of coordination among administrators, partners and stakeholders;
  • Allowing for the potential use of multiple Performance Assessment Organizations;
  • Connecting as a single data link to the Physician Online Services Portal in order to share the practice composition information necessary for rewards and market-wide patient counts;
  • Providing a consumer portal to display provider quality ratings; and
  • Providing national best practices and tools to implement BTE and individual consulting.

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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.