Muskie Report: Studying Maine’s Pathways to Excellence Program
More than half of Maine’s 400-plus primary care practices participate in Pathways to Excellence (PTE), a voluntary system for reporting on health care quality. The Maine Health Management Coalition—a nonprofit organization of employers, hospitals, health plans and doctors—developed the PTE reports and has publicly posted them on its website since 2004.
The system is designed to promote value-based health care purchasing and spur providers to improve the quality of care. Researchers at the University of Southern Maine conducted a qualitative and a quantitative study of the impact of the PTE reports on health care practice and quality, using information on both filers and nonfilers from 2004 to 2007.
The project was part of a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) initiative, Targeted Solicitation on Quality Improvement and Performance Measurement, a 2008 initiative to provide up to $7.5 million for research to improve health care quality in targeted regions.