Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA) is a not-for-profit health plan serving nearly three million members. In 2008, BCBSMA launched the Alternative Quality Contract (AQC), an innovative payment method that focuses on promoting quality and positive health outcomes. The initiative — one of the largest of its kind in the United States — is designed to reward physicians and hospitals for delivering high-quality patient care and making health care affordable for BCBSMA members.

In 2012, Boston Children's Hospital and our two physician groups, the Children's Physicians' Organization and the Pediatric Physician Organization at Children's (PPOC), became the first pediatric partners in the AQC payment program.

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