Focus: HQEP Incentive Payments

Projected Distribution and Year-to-Date Performance

The Hospital Quality & Efficiency Program (HQEP) is an agreement between Augusta Care Partners and Augusta Health. The program’s goal is to manage costs and improve quality for the health system. If targets are met, Augusta Care Partners will distribute incentive payments to our eligible network physicians. The projected total distribution is currently at $255K, and a detailed dashboard of year-to-date performance on HQEP metrics can be found here.

In the Red

The network is currently under-performing on breast and colorectal cancer screenings for the Augusta Health health plan population. In addition to provider education efforts, the ACP Quality Committee is working with Augusta Health to streamline access to cancer screenings & “fast track” appointments for health plan members.

Tier 1 Incentive Requirement: Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification

Providers have 2 paths to qualify for a Tier 1 incentive payment:

OPTION 1: Meet all of the following requirements: Attend 3 network-sponsored CME events, attend 2 meetings with ACP leadership, provide proof of BLS certification

OPTION 2: Serve on an Augusta Care Partners committee and attend >/= 75% of committee meetings

If you are interested in pursuing option 1, please forward a copy of your current BLS certification to Mary Arrowood at

If you need to update your BLS certification, you may choose to contact one of the resources listed below. Please note that this list is not comprehensive, and there may be some cost associated with taking a BLS course.

Central Shenandoah EMS Council540-886-3676Staunton
Emergency Prep540-433-7737Harrisonburg
American Heart Association Training
American Red Cross Training 

Augusta Health employed providers may update their CPR though a Staff Education sponsored course. Openings may be limited. Call 540-332-4720 to find out about upcoming course dates.

Tier 2 Incentive Requirement: Review Cost and Utilization Data

You can satisfy one of the Tier 2 requirements TODAY by simply reviewing this article (some content is password protected):

Medicare Shared Savings Program: Population & Cost Data

What Requirements Have I Already Met? What Else Do I Need to Do?

Click here to view provider-level eligibility detail.