News Brief: Grants given for quality

Five different health organizations have received six grants totaling $4.9 million for pilot projects to reward physicians and hospitals for higher quality.

The grant program, called Rewarding Results, is administered by the National Health Care Purchasing Institute (NHCPI) and receives principle funding from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in Princeton, NJ, and the California Health Care Foundation in Oakland.

The grants were awarded to California’s Integrated Healthcare Association (2 grants); Blue Cross of California; Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan; Excellus Health Plan (NY); and Massachusetts Health Quality Partners. All grantees will test ways to implement Institute of Medicine recommendations about quality improvement.

Throughout the three-year effort, NHCPI will share best practices with health plans, Medicare and states for their use in rewarding higher quality and patient safety.