Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM), one of the nation’s leading health and well-being companies, distributed nearly $20 million to physicians across the U.S. who participated in the Humana Provider Quality Rewards Program in 2011, the program’s second year.
More than 1,000 physician practices received payments from Humana in recognition of outcome and performance improvements made by their practices last year for their patients who are Humana Medicare Advantage health plan members. In 2011, Humana distributed more than $10 million to physician practices across the U.S. under the program for 2010 performance improvement results.
“The Humana Provider Quality Rewards Program keeps improving outcomes and driving efficiencies across a growing number of our Medicare Advantage members,” said Renee Buckingham, Vice President of Provider Engagement at Humana. “More and more doctors continue to relay their positive feedback to us about the value that our program brings to their patients. Humana is excited to once again recognize and reward these physicians for helping members achieve well-being by focusing on enabling greater quality of life and improved health outcomes.”
Humana payments to physician practices are based on the practices’ quality improvements in nine National Committee for Quality Assurance ( NCQA) preventive and chronic-condition management areas. They are:
- Breast cancer screening
- Glaucoma screening
- Colorectal cancer screening
- Cholesterol screening
- Diabetes management
- Osteoporosis medication management
- Body Mass Index
- Diabetes Treatment Management
- Anti-rheumatic drugs for patients with rheumatoid arthritis