First-year results of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Inc.’s Alternative Quality Contract (AQC) agreements with physicians and hospitals have been released, evidencing that sharing accountability with providers for health care quality and costs by changing the payment model can stimulate significant improvements in both areas.

The AQC is a modified global payment model, designed to encourage cost-effective, patient-centered care by paying participating physicians and hospitals for the quality, not the quantity, of the care they deliver.

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