About $1.1 million in bonus payments went from UnitedHealthcare to more than 200 Illinois care providers named winners of the PATH Excellence in Patient Service Awards.
Three of the providers awarded are from the metro-east area. They are Multicare Specialists in Granite City, Southern Illinois Center for Health in Waterloo, and Dr. Laura Bird in Maryville.
The recipients achieved the highest adherence levels for key quality measures by closing gaps in care when treating UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage members. They are among more than 4,000 care providers nationwide who received the award and earned more than $54 million in bonus payments.
The PATH program annually rewards physicians who meet certain performance-based criteria, including achieving or exceeding compliance targets for 17 specific Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set measures, including the percentages of eligible UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage members who received a breast cancer screening or colorectal cancer screening. Other measures evaluate the percentages of members who adhere to their medications to help manage their diabetes, high blood pressure or cholesterol.
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“We are committed to recognizing and rewarding physicians in Illinois for consistently helping our plan participants live healthier lives,” Sam Ho, chief medical officer of UnitedHealthcare, said in a news release. “As UnitedHealthcare continues building deeper, more collaborative relationships with care providers, the PATH Excellence in Patient Service Awards are just one step we are taking to support the transition to a value-based health care system in which payment is increasingly based on ensuring the people we serve receive the quality care they need.”