Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico Launches Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease Programs

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico Launches Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease Programs

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico Launches Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease Programs

Bridges to Excellence recognizes physicians who deliver superior care

Media Contact:
Becky Kenny
505-816-2012 or 505-999-8806
Becky_Kenny@bcbsnm.com

ALBUQUERQUE, NM—November 9, 2011—Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico (BCBSNM) announced the implementation of Bridges to Excellence® (BTE), a physician recognition and reward program that will focus on diabetes and cardiovascular disease care. The goal is to improve the care provided to patients and to reward BCBSNM network physicians for providing exceptional care. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, diabetes affects an estimated 24 million Americans, and cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., affecting 81 million Americans and costing $316 billion annually.

“Our focus on diabetes and cardiovascular disease for our BTE program is due to the growing prevalence of these chronic conditions,” said Matthew Fontana, vice president and chief medical officer, BCBSNM. “We invite physicians in New Mexico who treat these patients to become BTE-recognized. BTE has proven to be an effective, tested program and is just one of the strategies we are implementing to improve the health and well-being of our members.”

Managed by the Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute® (HCI3®), BTE is a program designed to create significant progress in quality of care by recognizing and rewarding physicians who demonstrate exceptional care that meets established guidelines.

The program will kick off in New Mexico with two recognized physicians. These programs are part of the company’s commitment to helping the quality of medical care delivery overall as well as the health and wellness of BCBSNM members and the company’s focus on better management of chronic disease.

“We congratulate BCBSNM on its success in implementing BTE in New Mexico,” said FranÒ«ois de Brantes, executive director for HCI3. “BTE programs have a well-published evidence base of effectiveness in promoting better quality of care. Studies have shown that BTE-recognized physicians in diabetes and cardiac care also decrease episode costs of care by reducing costs of potentially avoidable complications. By implementing these programs in New Mexico, Blue Cross and Blue Shield is showing the type of leadership that makes a difference in the quality and affordability of health care in America.”

About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico
With 303,000 members and serving another 63,000 New Mexicans through the nationwide BlueCard® Program, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico is the largest commercial membership health insurer in New Mexico. Since 1940, BCBSNM has been committed to promoting the health and wellness of its members and communities through accessible, cost-effective, quality health care. BCBSNM is a Division of Health Care Service Corporation, the country’s largest customer-owned health insurer and fourth largest health insurer overall. Health Care Service Corporation is a Mutual Legal Reserve Company and an Independent Licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

About Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute, Inc.
The Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute, Inc. (HCI3) is a not-for-profit multi-stakeholder umbrella organization for Bridges to Excellence and PROMETHEUS Payment®. The mission of the organization is to create significant improvements in the quality and affordability of health care by developing and implementing programs that recognize and reward physicians, hospitals, and other health care providers that deliver safe, timely, effective, efficient, equitable, and patient-centered care. HCI3 offers a comprehensive package of solutions to employers, health plans and coalitions to improve the flawed incentives that currently permeate the U.S. health care system. www.HCI3.org