Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Tufts Medicine strike 'pay-for-equity' contract

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and Boston-based Tufts Medicine agreed on a value-based payment contract that incorporates equity measures. 

As part of the contract, Tufts will focus on reducing inequities in colorectal cancer screenings, diabetes care, hypertension, and child and adolescent well-care visits, according to a May 23 BCBS Massachusetts news release. 

With the addition of Tufts, 53 percent of BCBS Massachusetts members now receive care from clinicians taking part in equity-focused value-based contracts, according to the release. In December, four systems signed pay-for-equity contracts with the insurer:  

  • Dallas, Texas-based Steward Health Care Network, which has 10 hospitals in Massachusetts.
  • Cambridge-based Beth Israel Lahey Health.
  • Somerville-based Mass General Brigham. 
  • Boston Accountable Care Organization, which is part of Boston Medical Center. 

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