Evaluating the Impact of the Alternative Quality Contract on Physician Groups’ Capacity to Provide Accountable Care, Phase 2


In phase 2 of the Commonwealth Fund–supported evaluation of the Alternative Quality Contract (AQC), the accountable care payment model initiated by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts in 2009, the research team will continue to assess the development of strategies and mechanisms for controlling medical spending and improving care for the eight original participating physician groups. In addition, the project team will evaluate four additional physician groups that signed the AQC in 2010 and 2011, focusing on their rationales for participating, their strategies, and their progress in developing practice infrastructure. Project findings will inform other health care organizations and policymakers about what it takes to perform well under accountable care payment models in which providers bear significant financial risk for their performance.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
Brandeis University
Principal Investigator:
Robert E. Mechanic, M.B.A.
Award Amount:
Approval Date:
November 15, 2011
Related Topics
Health Care Delivery

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