Illinois Doctors Earn Nearly $2.6 Million in Quality of Care Bonus Payments for Improving Health Outcomes

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UnitedHealthcare recently recognized more than 40 care providers in Illinois with the 2015 UnitedHealthcare PATH Excellence in Patient Service Awards for their commitment to improving health outcomes for people enrolled in its Medicare Advantage plans. These care providers earned nearly $2.6 million in quality of care bonus payments for achieving performance metrics in the UnitedHealthcare PATH Program and successfully addressing care opportunities when treating nearly 18,000 of UnitedHealthcare’s Medicare Advantage members in Illinois. They are among more than 1,900 care providers nationwide who received the award and earned more than $148 million in quality of care bonus payments. UnitedHealthcare created the PATH program to help people enrolled in its Medicare Advantage plans be as healthy as possible by encouraging greater use of preventive health care services and proactive monitoring of chronic conditions.

The program annually rewards physicians who meet certain performance-based criteria, including achieving or exceeding targets established by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for specific Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) measures. By achieving the PATH program’s performance metrics, care providers also proactively addressed care opportunities for UnitedHealthcare’s Medicare Advantage members. Since UnitedHealthcare established the PATH program in 2013, participating care providers have earned more than $213 million in quality of care bonus payments. Nearly 1 million UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage members are currently being treated by doctors who participate in the PATH program. For more information about the PATH program and UnitedHealthcare’s full spectrum of value-based initiatives, visit

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