SOURCE: HealthPartners

February 09, 2007 12:49 ET

HealthPartners Expands Pay-For-Performance to Pharmacies

Bonuses Announced for Efficiency, Patient Satisfaction

BLOOMINGTON, MN -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 9, 2007 -- Eight pharmacy chains in Minnesota earned bonuses for meeting target measures to improve patient satisfaction and efficiency. The awards are for three new pharmacy measures in HealthPartners pay-for-performance program.

"These awards recognize the critical role that pharmacists play in ensuring medication safety and appropriate use. They are also instrumental in helping patients save money by educating them about pill splitting and alternative generics," said Richard Bruzek, HealthPartners vice president for pharmacy services. HealthPartners awarded bonuses to the following pharmacy chains: Cub Foods, Fairview, Goodrich, HealthPartners Clinics, HealthPartners Central Minnesota, Regions Hospital, St. Paul Corner Drug and Setzers.

Pharmacies earned awards for meeting three stretch goals on overall patient satisfaction, getting advice from a pharmacist and for pill splitting. The pharmacy measures are the latest additions to HealthPartners Partners in Excellence program, which already includes awards for generic prescribing. Sixty-four percent of prescriptions among HealthPartners members are for generic drugs, compared to 51 percent in 2003. Every one percent increase in generic drug use reduces expenses by $5 million.

"Expanding pay-for-performance to pharmacy provides another incentive to improve health care quality which will ultimately help make health care more affordable for everyone," said Bruzek.

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