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Covered California to Create Quality Standards for Providers
Health Leaders Media

Covered California officials approved a plan to create quality-of-care standards for providers within its health plans that will include bonuses and penalties based on performance. The plan is scheduled to go into effect in 2017 and will include quality-of-care metrics and benchmarks that hospitals and physicians will have to meet to remain part of provider networks. Covered California executive director Peter Lee said the program is designed to reward high-performing providers and will be more in line with payment models based on performance.

“We are creating a market that rewards quality over quantity and moves health reform forward in an impactful way,” said Lee. “It’s about improving the quality of the healthcare system.”