We took a big step forward in our groundbreaking work to address racial and ethnic inequities in health care, in partnership with clinicians in our network.
Pioneering equity-based contracts
with physicians and hospitals
We believe your health shouldn’t depend on the color of your skin or the neighborhood you live in. As part of our commitment to ensure high-quality, affordable care for all our members, we entered into new payment contracts that reward clinicians for addressing racial and ethnic inequities in care. Steward Health Care Network, Beth Israel Lahey Health, Mass General Brigham and Boston Accountable Care Organization — health systems that provide care to nearly 500,000 Blue Cross members — are first to sign on to the new contracts.
"I’m proud of Blue Cross for taking a bold step in this direction."
- Dr. Thea James
Vice president of mission and associate chief medical officer at Boston Medical Center,
among the first to sign an equity-based payment contract with Blue Cross
Supporting our partners
We are providing $25 million to support physicians and hospitals in their efforts to address racial and ethnic disparities. With funding distributed through the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, we are supporting initiatives at Massachusetts’ 12 largest health systems, including efforts to reduce disparities in hypertension and diabetes care, accelerate equity in cancer screening, and expand staff training. The health systems also receive our landmark health equity data. The systems participate in our pioneering Alternative Quality Contract, which bases payment on quality of care, health outcomes, the patient experience, and total cost of care.
"We believe everyone — regardless of race, age, sexual orientation or gender identity — deserves access to high-quality health care."
- Dr. Joseph Weinstein
Cardiologist and chief physician executive at Steward Health Care Network,
which is partnering with Blue Cross to address health inequities
Bolstering health equity in the community
Our commitment to health equity is also reflected in our work in our community.
In 2022, we provided more than $13M in funding and pro-bono support to local not-for-profits focused on issues including environmental justice, access to healthy food, and addressing structural causes of health inequities.
We launched our Health Equity Business Accelerator, a program that provides financial, strategic and mentorship support to start-ups focused on technology and services that will lead to equitable health care and improved health outcomes.
And our award-winning health news site, Coverage, is now available in Spanish as well as English, providing free, timely health news and information to a broader audience.