PHILADELPHIA, June 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Recognizing the need to reduce
redundancy in reporting of physician performance data, UnitedHealthcare,
Aetna and Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey will begin
incorporating ABIM's Maintenance of Certification program data into their
physician recognition and incentive programs over the next several months.
This initiative will enable more than 100,000 internists and subspecialists
nationwide to more easily qualify for recognition and potential pay for
performance rewards, and will create the potential for improvements in
health care for millions of Americans.
To participate, internists must be enrolled in ABIM's Maintenance of
Certification program and complete a Practice Improvement Module (PIM) - an
innovative web-based assessment tool that allows physicians to analyze and
evaluate practice performance so that they can improve the quality of
patient care. On a voluntary basis, physicians can then authorize ABIM to
send information about completed PIMs to those health plans they choose for
use in their quality recognition programs - providing access to incentives
without the administrative burden traditionally involved with reporting
"By recognizing physicians who are participating in Maintenance of
Certification, and who have gone through the process of evaluating their
practice performance with an ABIM PIM, health plans are reducing the burden
of measurement and are recognizing the profession's standards for quality,"
said Christine K. Cassel, MD, President and CEO of ABIM.
In March of this year, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska became
the first health plan to work with ABIM to recognize internists who
participate in Maintenance of Certification and complete PIMs. ABIM
continues to have active discussions with other health insurers regarding
possible future efforts to reduce redundancy and enhance quality care.
The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) is an independent,
not-for- profit organization that grants board certification -- a
well-accepted marker of physician quality -- to internists and
subspecialists. Certification is a rigorous, comprehensive program for
evaluating physician knowledge, skills and attitudes to assure both
patients and payers that a physician has achieved competence for practice
in a given field. Individual physician certification results may be found
SOURCE American Board of Internal Medicine