Health care spending and quality in year 1 of the alternative quality contract.

@article{Song2011HealthCS,
  title={Health care spending and quality in year 1 of the alternative quality contract.},
  author={Z. Song and D. Safran and B. Landon and Y. He and R. Ellis and R. Mechanic and M. Day and M. Chernew},
  journal={The New England journal of medicine},
  year={2011},
  volume={365 10},
  pages={
          909-18
        }
}
BACKGROUND In 2009, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBS) implemented a global payment system called the Alternative Quality Contract (AQC). Provider groups in the AQC system assume accountability for spending, similar to accountable care organizations that bear financial risk. Moreover, groups are eligible to receive bonuses for quality. METHODS Seven provider organizations began 5-year contracts as part of the AQC system in 2009. We analyzed 2006-2009 claims for 380,142 enrollees… Expand
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